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.
- 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)