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Mixing foundation with moisturizer or sunscreen?

I recently bought the Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Full Coverage Foundation the other day by accident while looking for the Tarte Tinted Moisturizer. After calling back the Sephora I bought it from as well as nearby Sephoras apparently they don't carry my shade, Agent 06, (as well as other shades) at the moment...


I really like the Tarte Foundation (It looks beautiful with a primer underneath and finishing powder on top) I purchased but I am not much of a foundation gal. For the everday I just want a little coverage to hide some blemishes and acne scars, along with toning down my easily flushed face. 


So I was wondering would it be okay to mix the Tarte foundation with my Neutrogena oil-free (chemical) spf 35 moisturizer, or would mixing the foundation with an Neutrogena oil-free (mineral) sunscreen that dries matte be a better option? I know chemical sunscreens and moisturizers soak into the skin, while mineral sunscreens sit ontop the skin. I was originially just going to mix the Tarte foundation with my moisturizer but I'm starting to think mixing the foundation with a mineral sunscreen would be better as it could have have more staying power. And yes, I always apply moisturizer (along with eye cream) after washing my face : 3 I know I would most likely have to test it out first hand but I would greatly appreciate some opinion before I go and potentially waste some expensive products.


**I should also mention I live in a humid area that is mostly sunny. It is always 60%+ humidity and the coldest it gets is a low 70 F. My face is this weird chaotic mixture of being sensitive, acne prone and being combination. Some days I am either dry-combination, or a more oily combination.**


Thanks <3 xoxoxo

Re: Mixing foundation with moisturizer or sunscreen?

I've never had issues with mixing chemical with mineral based sunscreens with foundations before, but of course everyone may have different sensitivities or allergies. Try a test patch and see how it sits on your skin (by your lower jaw or neck line).


Either way I love using fluid sunscreens if I'm going to be mixing in with lotions that don't have SPF or to foundations as that keeps the formulas from being too heavy. I know Neutrogena has a fluid formula that is just SPF (not a moisturizer), but so does StriVectin, La Roche Posay, and Shiseido. I favor La Roche just because it seems so well suited for so many skin types and they feel incredible!

Hi Jedo,   I agree with Lylysa, you really should not hav...

Hi Jedo,


I agree with Lylysa, you really should not have too much of a problem mixing the two together but try a pach test first to see if you can work with the texture and to make sure they aren't separating on the skin. I like to add a mist of a sunscreen spray or a touch of sunscreen powder on top of my makeups just to avoid any mixture issues but its all a personal preference. Smiley Happy

Luv&Lipgloss, Diana

Re: Mixing foundation with moisturizer or sunscreen?

Forgot where I read it, but I c&p it in my beauty notes: "It's safe to mix retinoid creams and moisturizers in your hand and apply them in one swoop, but don't blend sunscreen with another product, because it dilutes the SPF. Layer them instead."


I've only mixed foundation with foundation before and use foundation as concealers, so I'm not sure how that translate in term of your skin. o.O

Re: Mixing foundation with moisturizer or sunscreen?

Maybe the "dilution" comes from not having enough of the product applied or mixed in because the average amount of sunscreen/face lotion with SPF to be used to get the full SPF level is about 1/3 to 1/2 of a teaspoon, but if you're mixing with foundation, depending on the type of coverage needed, you might end up with too much product on your face at one time since most folks use anywhere from a dime to nickle sized amount of foundation on average.

Re: Mixing foundation with moisturizer or sunscreen?

Ok to mix w/ moisturizer (or a face oil/ serum...even a luminizer might be nice) but it will make your SPF less effective if you mix that...


I also forgot to mention that you could mix your primer and foundation!


Make Up For Ever HD Elixir would also work for this purpose:

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