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How To Make and Use Tinted Moisturizer

Updated on October 28, 2012


  • Moisturizing Face Cream, Choose a cream that meets the needs of your skin type.
  • A Sun Cream with SPF15+ (Optional), Only if your moisturizer does not already contain an SPF.
  • A Foundation or Face Powder, Ideally one close to your skin tone, but you can use a slightly darker shade.
  • An Empty Container
  • A Teaspoon or Two, Used for stirring and measuring

How To Make Tinted Moisturizer

  1. Prepare your work space, I suggest the kitchen counter or near the bathroom sink. Having some paper towels on hand for easy cleanup is recommended.
  2. Open your empty container. The base of your new tinted moisturizer will be made of your face cream and if you choose, an SPF face cream. I prefer two parts face cream to one part SPF, however you may prefer closer to half and half. Spoon the amounts into the container and mix thoroughly.
  3. Add in your foundation or face powder in small amounts, stirring as you go. Test the color on your cheeks. The more foundation or powder you add the darker and more coverage the tinted moisturizer will have.
  4. Make sure to stir everything thoroughly. When the tinted moisturizer is the correct color, replace the cap and clean up your work space.

How To Use Tinted Moisturizer

  1. Start with your normal skin care routine. Wash and dry your face thoroughly.
  2. (Optional) If using a store bought moisturizer you may need a secondary facial moisturizer as not all store bought face tints are made to be used as proper moisturizers. However if you're using the one I described above you should not need this.
  3. If you use a concealer, apply it as you normally would.
  4. Apply your Tinted Moisturizer. Some people use their fingers, others prefer stippling brushes or sponges. Blend well.
  5. Finish with a finishing powder to set.
  6. Continue applying make-up as you would normally.

Tinted moisturizers happen to be my favorite form of face foundation. I'm lucky enough to have fairly even toned skin with few breakouts. This is only one way to make tinted moisturizer, but it is the most basic.

If you would like to experiment further, try adding a small amount of face highlighter or illuminater for a subtle glow. Add a tiny amount of a similar shaded dazzle dust for a light sparkle on a night out. Add a small amount of bronzer for a subtle bronzed effect.

Most of all, have fun experimenting!


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