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.
Pixi is the master of creating multitasking makeup items, like this one: its practically does-it-all Illuminating Tint and Conceal ($30). The top, domed portion provides heavy-duty concealing without the cakiness, while inside the tube lies a luminizer/sunscreen/tinted moisturizer medley that lends sheer yet layerable coverage. Essentially, you get everything you need for a dewy, fresh-looking face in just a few swoops — including an SPF of 20. Antioxidant vitamins help protect the skin, while ginkgo biloba extract assists in improving circulation. Summer beauty means simply easy makeup, and the contents of this little green tube give megawatt results in minutes. It's available in four versatile shades: Light Glow, Bare Glow, Nude Glow, and Sun Glow.
With Spring well under way and Summer not too far off in the horizon, it's time to shelf the heavy moisturizers and foundations, all while being cognizant of the importance of SPF. Cover FX's Skintint Treatment and Tinted Moisturizer SPF 30 ($42) is the perfect warm-weather makeup trifecta. Not only does it block away both UVA and UVB rays, but special lipid-captors help give skin suppleness, and hyaluronic filling spheres provide hydration. And thanks to its ultralight, ultrasheer coverage tint, the complexion is left with a beautiful sun-kissed glow. Available in six oil-, fragrance-, and paraben-free shades.
I'm a big fan of tinted moisturizers, and there are a lot of very nice products out there. Among the bunch, though, I have to say that Miracle Skin Transformer SPF 20 ($48) really stands out for me. Instead of being water-based like most makeup, MST is made with non-synthetic silicone. As a result, it has a lot more in common with popular dimethicone-based primers than with face tints. So how does a silicone tinted moisturizer treat your skin differently? Find out when you read more.
If you're blemish-prone, wearing foundation or tinted moisturizer can raise a bevy of questions. Will it break you out? Will it make your skin look greasy? And will you look like you're wearing a mask? For the following three tinted moisturizers, the answer to those questions is no. Plus, each one gives skin a pretty, I-just-happen-to-have-gorgeous-skin glow. For the rundown, keep reading.
When it comes to makeup, Jillian Dempsey, Avon's Global Creative Color Director, certainly knows her stuff. Not only was the makeup artist extraordinaire responsible for Kate Winslet's gorgeous makeup looks from both the 2009 Oscars and the Golden Globes earlier this year, but she also has her own line of makeup with Avon.
Since so many of us have concerts and festivals coming up over the next few months, Jillian is sharing tips on looking cool without looking overdone. For the scoop, read more.
Lush is best known for its bath bombs, fresh refrigerated masks, and handmade soaps and lotions. And now, the British brand is stepping into new territory with a small collection of cosmetics. True to its history, it's going for a quirky take on color for its first foray into the field.
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.
Earlier today, I received the following email from a reader:
"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."
I love makeup primer. It's 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
Last time I went to Walgreens, I picked up two items from the Beyond Natural collection: the Skin Matching Makeup ($13.99) and Protective Liptint ($8.49). All of the colors in this collection are on the natural side — lots of earth tones, partying like Al Gore in 2004 — and both of the products I tried have SPF 15. So far, so good.
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