Tinted moisturizers have been around for years, and remain an excellent choice
for a touch of color along with moisture and excellent sun protection.
Quite a few of the newest foundations provide coverage that's so sheer,
it is barely perceptible on skin. For casual weekend makeup, sheer foundation
or tinted moisturizers are excellent options for normal to dry or slightly oily
skin that does not need significant coverage.
Pros:Tinted moisturizers are extremely easy to choose and use.
The shades are so sheer (some bordering on transparent) that
getting the color exactly right is not essential. These are a great way
to add a touch of color to pale or sallow skin, and the sheerness
prevents a slightly dark or tan-toned shade from looking wrong.
For those with normal to slightly dry skin, a tinted moisturizer with sunscreen
can serve as their sole morning skin-care product once the cleansing step is done.
Cons: The coverage can be too sheer for those whose flaws are more apparent,
including skin discolorations, broken capillaries, dark circles, or birthmarks.
Although some sheer foundations have a matte finish, most of them
(and most tinted moisturizers) are not for those with oily or breakout-prone skin.
If you have a tricky skin tone to match, a tinted moisturizer may still
present problems, and there will be fewer shade options
than with standard foundations.
Picking Your Color:
*For a natural look, go a half shade darker
*For a little extra colour – go for a full tone
*The colour in tinted moisturizers are not as intense as foundation
but still try and keep color close to your natural skin tone
*If you have skin with yellow undertones stick to yellow-based colour
*Red undertones are intended for peachy and pink skin
*Best way to gauge colour is in natural light
Most of the sunscreen in moisturizers doesn’t have enough actual block
so it isn’t as effective as if you were using pure sunscreen.
Look for ingredients like titanium dioxide or zinc on the label – these will
make the sunscreen component better. But, using a tinted moisturizer
shouldn’t replace sunscreen since you won’t use enough
or reapply it throughout the day.
For more info, download Tinted Moisturizers, a free ebook.