Full-coverage foundation can be perfect for work, weddings or evenings out. But sometimes you might want something lighter. Enter tinted moisturizers—the more hydrating and more translucent cousins of foundation. “Tinted moisturizers are great for a more casual finish—kind of like wearing your favorite pair of jeans,” says celebrity makeup artist Tim Quinn. “They’re easier to work with because they’re more sheer, they have a lightweight texture, they usually have an SPF benefit and they’re more portable (usually in a tube).” Read on for Quinn’s expert tips on applying this miracle base.

Cater to Your Skin’s Needs

As tinted moisturizers have a sheer effect, pick one based on your skin type versus your skin tone. If you’re prone to breakouts, seek out an oil-free formula, such as Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer. If you have drier skin and the dullness that can accompany it, try the illuminating Lancôme Rénergie Éclat Multi-Lift.

Apply It With Your Fingers

Tinted moisturizers are like hydrating lotions and just as foolproof. Skip a makeup wedge or brush, and apply the formula evenly onto your skin using your fingertips. “Take a small amount and blend from the center of the face out, much like you would apply a daytime moisturizer,” says Quinn. If you need more coverage in certain areas, add a light touch of concealer afterward and blend for a smooth appearance. Try: Giorgio Armani High Precision Retouch Concealer.

Skip the Powder

Although you may be tempted to set the look with a finishing powder, resist the urge. The point of tinted moisturizer is to look like you’re not made up, so embrace the radiant finish. ”Powder is definitely a no-no,” says Quinn. “It’s all about the glowing skin.” If you have oily skin that will look more greasy than glowing, try out Revision Intellishade Tinted Moisturizer SPF 45 Matte for a flatter finish.

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