We're all so tapped out on time these days, who really has the space/money/patience for a 10 piece skincare and make-up routine? No one. That's who. So what if there was one product that could save you time and deliver the same dewy-skinned benefits usually only gained from multiple products slathered laboriously over your money-maker? Well, that product is here and its name is tinted face oil.

Playing apothecary and mixing foundation with a few drops of face oil to achieve dewy perfection plus skincare benefits has long been the behind-the-scenes go-to for the make-up pros pre-fashion show and photoshoot. Not only does it make the wearer's skin look radiant, the addition of oil gives a hardworking boost usually only achieved via an additional skincare product. So it's about time the powerhouse cosmetics brands got behind this multi-tasking trend and took the DIY out of the equation. 

Here, we decode the five best new foundation/serum/oil hybrids providing undetectable pigment plus smooth skincare benefits:

1. Perricone MD NO Foundation Foundation Serum, $89, mecca.com.au

Tinted face oils: the new holy grail of foundation

This 'no foundation foundation' packs a serious punch - it's lightweight yet formulated with a hard-working serum which firms and reduces the look of wrinkles and pores. Plus it has an SPF 30 to protect from the harsh rays. The secret sauce is the Neuropeptides which help regenerate and restore cells and leave the complexion looking radiant.

 

2. Giorgio Armani Maestro Fusion Makeup Maquillage Fusion SPF 15, $99,shop.davidjones.com.au

Tinted face oils: the new holy grail of foundation

Armani knows a thing or five about foundation (they make cult favourite Luminous Silk Foundation) and they've progressed that know-how with this glowing skincare/foundation hybrid. Featuring a patented Fusion make-up technology that delivers sheer coverage while also perfecting skin imperfections, this water and powder-free ultra-fine oil and pigment blend really delivers. Plus it has an SPF 15 and caters to most skin-hues with nine different shades.

 

3. bareMinerals bareSkin Pure Brightening Serum Foundation, $43, mecca.com.au

Tinted face oils: the new holy grail of foundation

With 15 shades this bareSkin beauty really covers all bases. This serum/foundation has a built-in brightening serum packed with Vitamin C taking the skin from lackluster to luminous in one slick application. Coverage is customisable from light to full and it's suitable for all skin types (including sensitive) with a formulation free of silicone, parabens and fragrance.

 

4. Josie Maran Cosmetics Argan Matchmaker Serum Foundation, $63, mecca.com.au

Tinted face oils: the new holy grail of foundation

Argan oil is the beauty watch-word of the moment, also called 'liquid gold' it's exceedingly rich in skincare benefits and is the key ingredient in many moisturisers. Pairing this transformative oil with pigment is the holy grail of skincare-giving coverage. The three shades provide a luminous natural-looking complexion while underneath your skin is being hydrated, healed and balanced out.    

 

5. Stila Aqua Glow Serum Foundation, $67, mecca.com.au

Tinted face oils: the new holy grail of foundation

Our resident make-up guru Heidi King included this product in her cult beauty list of products to buy now for a very valid reason. The lightweight water-based foundation uses light reflective particles to smooth the look of skin and minimise the appearance of imperfections. The serum-foundation hybrid blurs flaws, hydrates and perfects. Ten shades means you'll find your perfect face match. 

Tinted face oils: the new holy grail of foundation