Make up in the summer months can be difficult. You might not want to cake on thick foundations, which can look pasty in sunlight, and you’ll likely want sun protection, too. What's the solution? Tinted moisturizer.
"A hybrid of skin care and makeup," is how professional makeup artist Jill Glaser, owner of the Makeup First School of Makeup Artistry, a cosmetology school in Chicago, describes these products. They're light-textured and much sheerer than foundation. Most of them have SPF sunscreens, too.
"It's a catchall product to get you out of the house," says Nika Vaughan, a Chicago makeup artist and instructor who specializes in bridal, commercial, and fashion makeup. "It's quick and easy."
When you don't want a 30-minute makeup routine, these dab-and-go products will give you a quick fix without fuss. Tinted moisturizer doubles as a moisturizer and sunscreen, making it an ideal product for anyone with a busy morning routine.
"It's a very sheer wash of color," Vaughan says. "Tinted moisturizers will blend to the skin tone to make a near-perfect match, leaving less room for error and lines of demarcation," Glazer says. "This is also a great product to have while on vacation in a warm climate; you won’t have to bring several foundations as you bronze."
How to Choose a Tinted Moisturizer
Although the products come in different formulations for different skin types, Vaughan says that you should choose according to the color you need. As with other products, you want a good match to your skin tone. "The whole point of makeup is not to see it," she says.
Once you've narrowed down the color, you can look at oil-free types if you tend to break out or higher SPF levels if you're concerned about sun.
Vaughan warns, however, that just as with other sunscreens, you can't put tinted moisturizer on in the morning and expect protection all day. "You need to reapply it," she says, "and most people don't do that." Put on another coat around lunchtime, she advises, especially if you're going to be outdoors. For that midday refresher, though, she says, you might find it easier to use an SPF powder or an aerosol.
Glazer especially recommends tinted moisturizers to first-time makeup users of all ages. "If they have never worn makeup before, it might be too much to reach for a regular foundation," she says. "Most tinted moisturizers contain SPF which will start younger clients on skin protection and will keep protecting the skin of more mature clients." As a good starter product, she likes Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer.http://www.trbimg.com/img-51facf23/turbine/chi-laura-mercier-tinted-moisturizer-20130801/600
If you have blotchy skin or other areas that need covering, you might want something heavier, but as long as you have fairly even-toned skin, tinted moisturizers will give you an overall finishing touch.
"There is no need to wear a full coverage foundation if you do not have pigmentation issues," Glazer says, "wear only what is needed."
Tinted Moisturizer as a Primer
Glazer says that the tinted moisturizers can be used as a primer under full coverage foundation, but Vaughan doesn't advise that. "It's too much," she says, both in terms of layers of product on your face and also in terms of expense. Regular moisturizers or dedicated foundation primers serve that function better.
Tinted moisturizes will not cover up your freckles or hide your sunburned nose. "It's a subtle evening out, and that is it," says Vaughan.
If you need more color correction, somewhat heavier products, such as M.A.C. Face and Body Foundation , she says, are more "buildable."
"You can go over certain spots" for more coverage and durability, Vaughan says.