Switching up your everyday makeup routine doesn’t have to be stressful. As much as we love the look of full-coverage foundation, there are some days when we feel like embracing the no-makeup makeup look, or at least something lighter and more casual than a matte formula that covers anything and everything. These days, in particular, call for tinted moisturizer — the more hydrating, more translucent cousin 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 since they usually come in a tube."
Ahead, check out Quinn’s three expert tips for perfectly-applied tinted moisturizer for those days when full-coverage foundation just won’t cut it.
Tinted moisturizers are like hydrating lotions and just as foolproof. Skip a makeup wedge or makeup 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 to give your skin a smooth appearance.
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 want to finish your look with something, we recommend spritzing with a facial mist like Garnier SkinActive Soothing Facial Mist with Rose Water to make your skin look extra dewy and fresh.
About the Author:Marisa is an assistant beauty editor at Makeup.com where she's responsible for creating content that inspires, informs and influences readers. She's obsessed with trying new beauty products, hoards a crazy amount of lipstick and her second love (besides makeup) is food. Her work has also appeared in Domino Magazine, StyleCaster, Guest of a Guest and Jeannine Morris Media.