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Friday, 10 December 2010

Tinted Moisturiser

I have been asking around quite a lot about foundations and what people use as a base and I have found that a lot of women only use a tinted moisturiser. Preferably one with an SPF.

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

 - The colour in tinted moisturizers are not as intense as foundation
   but still try and keep color close to your natural skin tone

  - The way to gauge colour is in natural light. Go shopping for one with a friend. Try them on in the store and then go outside with friend and see which one suits you best.

Friends Favourites:
- Kiehl's Ultra Facial Tinted Moisturiser SPF 15 - £20.00 at SPACE.NK.
- Stila Sheer Colour Tinted Moisturiser SPF 15 - around £22.00 (can be found at http://www.lookfantastic.co.uk/)
- Clarins Hydra-Care Tinted Moisturiser - £17.60 Argos (or airport duty free)


  1. I use Kiehl's and it lovely. Also bought Topshop Skin Tint the other week and it is a great halfway between moisturiser and light foundation – smells lovely too, like baby talc :)

  2. Hmm, still not convinced by foundation or by tinted moisturiser - I tried the Kiehls but despite thinking it might be a sheer, light intro to wearing foundation it looked really chalky and people always used to say "you looked tired, are you alright?" when I wore it... The trouble is with foundation or tinted moisturiser is that you only notice it on other people if it's badly applied or the wrong colour. Makes it hard to find a good one.

  3. Oh I think it makes a massive difference - it evens out my skin tone without making me look like I am wearing makeup. I was going to try the Topshop one Lins! Cool - will give it a whirl when I run out of my M.A.C.