Concealer and foundation vs. tinted moisturize
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I normally wear foundation for full coverage, and use concealer underneath to hide some blemishes. Well, I live in Tennessee where it can get pretty darn hot and I don't want to be sweating makeup! I'm interested in a great tinted moisturizer that I can use on some days instead of foundation. This question is two-fold: What are some good ideas for tinted moisturizers? How can I still make sure that my skin tone looks even and my blemishes are hidden?
So I am totally a beauty geek. I was reading one of Bobbi Brown's books and it suggested that, if you don't want to deal out the cash for a tinted moisturizer or can't find one in your color, just mix your (hopefully liquid) foundation with your moisturizer to get a custom tinted moisturizer.
Tiinted moisturizer is very light coverage. That's the idea of it. If it does not work at covering blemishes, ect, then I would suggest using concealer first, then tinted moisturizer.
Another idea is to use a BB Cream. It fixes flaws in the skin while covering them. If you've never heard of them before, here's whaat they do (from Boscia B.B. Cream SPF 27 PA++ "What it is formulated to do:")
This oil-free B.B. Cream is the ultimate multi-functional treatment. The gentle botanical formula creates a lustrous, flawless finish as it hydrates, firms, and soothes the skin. It helps to diminish the appearance of pores, fine lines, and uneven skintone while providing long-wearing, natural coverage that conceals imperfections. Comes in a self-adjusting, universal shade that warms to complement most skintones for sheer, flawless coverage.
Designed to repair damage and protect skin from future damage without irritation, it's packed with antioxidants and physical sunscreens that provide broad-spectrum sun protection rated to SPF 27 and PA++. The PA system is a grade of UVA protection that provides superior defense against the rays that cause collagen damage and photo-aging of the skin.
As you can see, this is another option for those who can't get enough coverage with a tinted moisturizer but still want something lightweight.
Hope this helps!
For tinted moisturizer, popular brands are Laura Mercier, Smashbox and NARS. I've tried the Laura Mercier ones, which are more neutral/yellow undertoned, and Clinique Moisture Surge, which is slightly pinker undertoned. Since they are sheer, you have some leniency if the shade is not exact.
When applying, a make up setting spray or facial mist will help set things so they last. For even skintone/long-lasting TM, when sweating, press or dab the sweat away, if you wipe you will wipe off the powder. For keeping blemishes hidden, try a water/sweat proof one and again, dab but don't wipe. =X