In the tropics, your heavy-duty foundations will inevitably take a backseat. It’s just too hot. Sunshine, humidity, and unexpected rain call for effortless skin that feels naked (even though it isn’t). And to fake that look, you’ll need a skin tint.

A hybrid of tinted moisturizer and liquid foundation, a skin tint delivers sheer but buildable coverage that lasts. Instead of masking the face, this lightweight base allows your natural skin to shine through. Essentially, it “tints” your complexion and enhances good-looking skin. If you have blemished skin, feel free to try it out, too—just touch up your trouble areas with concealer. Below, we’re sharing two featherlight faves.

SPLURGE: VMV Hypoallergenics Skin Savvy 60 Foundation, P1,875
VMV’s Skin Savvy 60 is a testament to the Filipino brand’s world-class quality. This thin tinted base applies like skincare but looks like luxury BB cream. The formula boasts of superior sun protection (we’re talking SPF 60), sublime hydration, and a smooth, skin-like finish. It can even lighten the appearance of dark spots with religious use. Sure, it’s a splurge, but its beautiful effect on the skin and truly breathable texture is everything you could ask for in a skin tint. Worth it!

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SAVE: Holika Holika Waterdrop Tint Foundation, currently on sale at P460 (limited time only)
Nobody does complexion-perfection like the Koreans, and the Waterdrop Tint Foundation is bottled proof. Long-wearing and light as air, this sheer base was pretty much made for the tropics. Given you don’t mind a little dewiness (it’s a sign of skin-health), this foundie will need no touch-ups. It helps prevent oiliness for hours, and its coverage builds up to finesse patchy skin tones. Expect a soft matte finish with a side of glow.

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What’s your pick: VMV’s sun-protected skin perfector or Holika’s hot-weather wonder?

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