How To Wear Tinted Moisturizer? (Step By Step)

How to wear tinted moisturizer

With face primer and Tinted moisturizers taking the center stage in our daily skincare routines, there is n better time to learn how to wear Tinted moisturizer than now. 

I know there’s a lot of confusion over this product, and countless times I’ve seen women using it incorrectly. So here are some simple pointers that you should keep in mind to get the best results out of your tinted moisturizer:

Find The Right Tinted Moisturizer Shade For Your Skin Tone.

Not every tinted moisturizer has different shades for lighter or darker skin tones, as some companies only make their products available in one shade. 

If you have a lighter skin tone, then go for a bit lighter shade of Tinted Moisturizer, whereas if you’re on the Darkside, then pick on a slightly darker version. However, if your Tinted Moisturizer doesn’t come in two or more shades then simply select a product that is closest to your skin tone as possible.

Moisten The Skin Before Applying Tinted Moisturizer.

Apply Tinted Moisturizer on dry or slightly damp skin, not wet skin! Remember that the purpose of this product is to provide you with light coverage and hydration, so using it on wet or damp skin defeats the purpose.

Apply A Light Coverage Foundation After Applying Tinted Moisturizer.

While some tinted moisturizers are also marketed as foundations, it certainly isn’t enough for everyday wear. If you need a medium or heavy coverage foundation, then always apply a thin layer of Milk of Magnesia over tinted moisturizer before applying a medium coverage foundation; otherwise you might end up looking cakey.

Use Your Favorite Powder After Applying Tinted Moisturizer.

Powder your face after applying Tinted Moisturizer and blot your skin with tissue paper to set the product in place. Slightly dampen the tissue paper so that it absorbs some of this product without disturbing your makeup. Leave the Tinted Moisturizer applied to part of your face powder-free for a good finish on this type of product.

Dab Instead Of Rubbing And Be Gentle With Application To Get The Best Results Out Of Your Tinted Moisturizer.

In case you have dry or very oily skin then your Tinted Moisturizer might emphasize flakiness or shine. Still, you can avoid this by dabbing the product from its container with a makeup applicator guided by your fingertip instead of applying it directly with a brush.

Keep Your Tinted Moisturizer In The Cooler Section Of A Bathroom Cabinet To Preserve Its Quality And Shelf Life.

Heat and light are two things that have a negative effect on the chemical makeup of most skin care products, including tinted moisturizers. 

So always store your tinted moisturizer in cold areas of bathroom cabinets to preserve the quality of your makeup and ensure they remain effective for an extended period. 

If you are traveling, keep your tinted moisturizer in a small ziplock bag and place it in a refrigerator for a couple of days before bringing it to your destination.

Use Your Favorite Primer Before Applying Tinted Moisturizer.

Keep in mind that while tinted moisturizers are lightweight, they can dry out the skin if you’re suffering from a dehydrated or dry skin type. 

Therefore, always apply your favorite primer first, followed by this moisturizing product for better results. Always make sure your skin is well hydrated before applying tinted moisturizers as most of these products contain SPF and therefore are heavy on chemicals that easily irritate dry and sensitive skin types.

If You Have A Problematic Skin Type Then Always Apply Chemical Exfoliants Or Retinoids Before Applying Tinted Moisturizer.

Exfoliating the skin and performing chemical peels helps in smoothening the skin, which works with tinted moisturizers for a better finish.

Similarly, if you have any type of acne, then it is important to control your breakouts before applying tinted moisturizers as otherwise, they might appear cakey or flaky upon application.

Use A Good Quality Foundation Foam Applicator/Brush To Apply Tinted Moisturizer On Your Face And Neck For Best Results.

A foundation foam makeup applicator or a brush helps you in applying for light coverage without looking cakey or blotchy while providing hydration at the same time to dry areas around the eyes and mouth. It gives a smooth and even finish and can be used as a primer by wetting it with water.

You Can Use Your Favorite Moisturizing Lotion Instead Of Tinted Moisturizers To Apply Light Coverage On Your Face If You Want.

Dry skin types can use the same type of moisturizer only in a higher dosage to achieve the desired effect instead of tinted moisturizers, which might irritate dry areas if they are overused. 

If you do this, you will get an uneven and blotchy finish so always apply your moisturizer first before dabbing on tinted moisturizer for more even coverage and hydration without spending money on a makeup product that is unnecessary in such situations.

Does Concealer Go On Before Or After Tinted Moisturizer?

Though Tinted moisturizer and concealer can be used in combination, very few people know what goes on before or after tinted moisturizer. 

In general, a regular skin moisturizer goes on before a concealer, followed by a tinted moisturizer for full-coverage protection from UV direct sunlight.

You can use a tinted moisturizer as a substitute for concealer in winters when you have dry skin and require more hydration than usual. 

In such cases, you might want to follow your favorite concealer with tinted moisturizer instead of applying them both in combination since the two products work together for better coverage.

Don’t Mix And Match Products To Achieve The Desired Color Of Your Tinted Moisturizer.

It’s not new to see makeup artists on Youtube and other social media platforms recommending layering up skincare products and makeup. What they don’t tell you more is the importance of using like-for-like skincare products.

If you want to layer makeup, always use the same product that was originally intended to achieve a perfect match with your skin tone and not mix other colors together to create a custom blend as uneven results can occur if you do this on purpose or accidentally.

For example, while mixing blue and red may result in purple, it will not happen with makeup and skincare products. Therefore, always use the same color products for a better result if you want to mix them up together on your face.

Every Skin Type Has A Slightly Different Requirement For Tinted Moisturizers Hence It Is Important To Know The Same Before Buying One.

Not all tinted moisturizers are suitable for every skin type, and therefore, it is important to understand this fact before going ahead and buying such a product. 

For example, budget-friendly tinted moisturizers are made with very lightweight ingredients that do not have robust effects of protecting the skin from direct sunlight and drying out sensitive areas or acne-prone areas around your face. 

As stated earlier, most tinted moisturizers available in the market contain broad-spectrum SPF protection, making them suitable for every skin type except if they have a high oil content.

Tinted moisturizers with oil are ideal for dry to normal skin types and not only ones. So, it is important to understand your specific needs before buying one so as to get the most out of it.

Tinted Moisturizer Is Also A Good Alternative For Foundation If You Want To Give Your Skin An Even Complexion With Natural Look Without Excessive Coverage And Shine On The Same Day Of Makeup Application.

If you want a natural look without wearing foundation, then use tinted moisturizer as it provides an excellent alternative that gives you a smooth and even complexion with light coverage for daily wear smooth application.

Instead of using a heavy foundation with excess coverage and shine, use a tinted moisturizer for the same effect that highlights your facial features without looking chalky or cakey on your skin surface.

Since you are not applying full makeup in these cases, the chances of overdoing your makeup, in this case, is very less as compared to when you wear foundation with full coverage on a regular basis.

Tinted Moisturizers With SPF Protection Protect The Skin From Direct Sunlight And Are Less Expensive Compared To Foundation.

You might need to invest heavily in tinted moisturizer if you have dry skin that needs additional protection from harsh UV direct sunlight. A low-cost tinted moisturizer with SPF protection also works well in these cases.

You can use tinted moisturizer as a substitute for the foundation in winters when you have dry skin and need more hydration than usual to keep your skin healthy, free from rough Texture and fine lines that appear due to skin dryness.

However, oil-free products are best suited for oily sensitive skins, and the ones with low oil content do not suit oily acne-prone delicate skins. 

In such cases, you might want to apply your favorite sunscreen lotion or cream before. You are using them as a tinted moisturizer alternative instead of mixing up other makeup products together on your face for color blending purposes over time, leading to uneven results without proper research beforehand.

Best Setting Powder For Tinted Moisturizer.

Setting powder is yet another vital layer of makeup when using Tinted moisturizer as your base for applying other makeup products on your face.

It contains mineral or talc which makes it lightweight and seals the outer pores of your skin to prevent excess oil from seeping out in excessive amounts.

Using tinted moisturizer alone with no setting powder might make you appear oily and shiny. It’s due to the excess breakout of sweat trapped inside the layers of skin that would otherwise get absorbed by a loose setting powder with good quality ingredients if applied underneath such a product.

Some tinted moisturizers are quite thick, sticky, and heavy in nature which is why you need lightweight makeup like loose translucent powder over it when using them as a base for applying foundation on top after letting them sit for at least five minutes prior to serving its purpose well.

But, which setting powders are the best for Tinted Moisturizer?

Overall, Laura Mercier Translucent and Morphe bake and set powders are the best for your tinted moisturizers. The rule of thumb is you need to use a loose setting powder with good quality ingredients that blend well with your skin tone and is one of those products that do not contain talc.

A tinted moisturizer makeup will appear more natural if used after a lightweight translucent powder with high-quality ingredients is applied on top of it, but a heavy and thick setting powder that contains talc might give you a cakey look when overused.  

While low-quality powders might lead to dryness, fine lines, and flaky skin surface over time, here is how some premium brands are different from the rest:

Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder

Laura Mercier Translucent loose setting powder may not be your average popular setting powder, but this makeup powder comes enriched with Vitamin E, works well for all skin types, including those that are sensitive and oily at the same time.

It seals your skin from excessive shine, controls oil breakthrough, and prevents breakouts of acne due to excess dirt trapped on the surface layer of facial skins when applied generously after Tinted Moisturizer application.

Laura Mercier Loose Setting Powder Ingredient &s

Laura Mercier Loose setting powder comes in two different shades that are translucent and dark depending on your desired color, so it blends well with light, medium, or dark skin tones according to your desire, preference, and choice. 

It contains mica, talc, Texture:

Winner of Allure’s Best Of Beauty Award, this setting powder is enriched with Vitamin E, which makes it a product that works well for all skin types, including sensitive ones. 

The Texture feels silky smooth on the skin when applied after you have let your tinted moisturizer dry for at least five minutes before adding makeup products on top.

It comes in airtight packaging in a range of four shades to choose from your skin tone color and contains Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Talc, Barium Sulfate, Propylene Glycol Talc Carmine (CI 75470), Iron Ox

As this product contains talc, any allergy towards this ingredient must then avoid using it as a setting powder for another long-lasting makeup product with SPF protection like foundation instead.   

Morphe Bake and Set Powder

The Morphe Bake And Set Powder is made from 100% synthetic ingredients that contain no chemical preservatives or beeswax; therefore a little go a long way in creating a matte finish.

This setting powder is perfect for those who have oily sensitive skin and want to use it without any allergies after applying a lightweight Tinted Moisturizer on your facial skin because it works well with all types of tinted moisturizers.

The only drawback is the quantity provided for the price you pay, which does not last long unless you apply little quantities each time instead of going overboard while using this product.

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