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Everything You Need to Know About Tinted Moisturizer

Everyone wants youthful, flawless skin. Skin that perpetually looks dewy and effortless. No one is perfect, but thankfully there are wonderful and effective makeup products that can help get us there. And, without the restrictive feeling of wearing pounds of foundation on our face. 

One such product is tinted moisturizer. It not only offers a sheer tint for the skin, but also gives it a dose of moisture. But what exactly is tinted moisturizer? What’s the difference between a tinted moisturizer and foundation? How do you apply tinted moisturizer? You may have several questions about this easy-to-use cosmetic. You’ll learn answers to all these questions about tinted moisturizer, and more, in this informative article. 

What is Tinted Moisturizer?

Tinted moisturizer is a makeup product that offers light coverage on the face and neck, as well as hydration. It’s like tint and a lotion for the face in one! It comes in a liquid-cream form, but isn’t as heavy as a foundation. Think of it as foundation lite; there will be color, but less pigment and coverage in a tinted moisturizer. 

The Benefits of Tinted Moisturizer

The lighter, sheer coverage is part of what makes tinted moisturizer so great. It’s what to wear when you want a youthful, dewy, less-is-more look. It gives a bit of coverage, and evens out your skin tone, but also lets your own skin breathe, and shine through. It banishes the idea of thick, cakey, fake-looking foundation, that actually makes us look older, rather than younger. 

Tinted moisturizer is also perfect for cosmetics newbies, and/or those not accustomed to wearing base makeup, as it’s light, and easier to apply. And there’s a type for everyone, whether you want to address oily, dry, and/or sensitive skin; signs of aging, or want a bit more coverage. Tinted moisturizer is one of those no-fuss, “me, but better” makeup products that should be a part of everyone’s makeup bag. 

In addition to being easy-to-apply, and more natural looking, tinted moisturizer has some skin benefits. It can contain ingredients such as Vitamins C, and E; defend against harmful blue light; and contain hyaluronic acid, which hydrates the skin, reduces lines and wrinkles, and helps wounds heal faster. Who knew that something as simple as a tinted moisturizer could do so much!

How to Apply Tinted Moisturizer

So, now that you know what tinted moisturizer is, how do you apply it? Since it’s lightweight, you can easily put tinted moisturizer on your face with your fingertips. Adding tinted moisturizer to a dry makeup sponge or brush is another option, although this may pick up too much of this sheer product. You want to start from the center of your face and blend outward, not forgetting to include your neck. You can follow up your tinted moisturizer with concealer if you want more coverage in specific areas. If your skin is dry, and/or you want more moisture, you can always apply a serum or moisturizer to your skin before applying tinted moisturizer. 

Get a Tinted Moisturizer with SPF

We already discussed that you can get a tinted moisturizer that’s specific to your skin’s needs. One thing you should also look for is a tinted moisturizer that contains SPF, because beautiful, youthful skin starts with protecting it from harmful UV rays. You should look for at least SPF 30 for safe coverage, however, the SPF in makeup isn’t enough (since not a lot is applied). To remedy this, make sure to also add SPF, in the form of sunscreen, on your face and neck (and wherever your skin is exposed to the sun).