I'd been on the hunt for a good BB cream for a while when I came across Philosophy's Hope in a Jar A to Z Cream ($38). As opposed to some of the other greasier formulas I've come across, this just feels clean. I apply it on a clean face using my fingertips, but I sometimes use a makeup brush under the eyes. And for a tinted moisturizer, it blends shockingly well, which is important, considering it only comes in three shades. The light tint may not be my exact tone, but once it's spread out on my face, you can't tell because my complexion looks totally awesome. It really evens my skin tone and covers up those small discolorations. I've used it alone (good) and under a bit of powder (better), and it's remarkably functional. I'm adding this to my routine for the rest of time.
A clean, fresh look is always a go-to summertime staple, but if you have less than perfect skin (and who doesn't?) you probably stay away from typically lower-coverage tinted moisturizers. The good news is that no matter what your skin type is — uneven, oily, and yes, even acne prone — we found a tinted moisturizer that gives you the coverage you need. Effortless-looking, gorgeously glowing skin for all. On Kirbie: BCBG Max Azria blazer, Tibi dress.
Laura Mercier's tinted moisturizer already has a cult following, and now the brand has wisely created a compact rendition. The new Tinted Moisturizer Crème Compact SPF 20 ($45) with broad-spectrum protection can be worn alone or on top of the original for added coverage. Unlike some powder compacts, however, this creamy product melts into skin without leaving a chalky finish behind. While the compact includes a sponge applicator, you can use your fingers to apply it if that's your preferred method. So say farewell to airplane makeup spills and powder cracks, this is the on-the-go evolution of a Laura Mercier fan favorite. Available in the same 12 shades as the liquid formula.
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Instead of heading for the lipstick-and-eye-shadow route, these items offer a hint of tint. Colour Supplements ($13.95/each) are intended to be mixed with your face lotion to create a tinted moisturizer. They're available in two lighter tones and two darker tones, and you can control coverage by using as much (or as little) as you please. If it's allover color you seek, Charlotte Island ($7.95-14.95) is a body bronzer with aloe vera, cocoa butter, lemon, and papaya. The items hit stores May 20, just in time to fake a little more color for Memorial Day.
A reader asks:
"I've recently discovered the wonders of makeup primer. I love the soft, silky way it makes my skin feel, and my powder foundation glides on effortlessly. But before shelling out the bucks for a full size bottle of primer, I wanted to know if it would also work with my alternate form of foundation — those tinted ones that are part moisturizer? Would the primer block the moisturizer from sinking into my skin? I'm having visions of ending up with a layer of globby muck on my face."
Makeup primer is typically formulated with silicones (aka dimethicones) that work to fill in and smooth out lines and scars. It also has the benefit of helping your makeup last longer. As far as wearing primer with tinted moisturizer, I don't see a problem with that at all. Just keep in mind that applying each product in light layers will give you the best, most natural results. Find out more tips, along with some ways to break the rules, when you read more