How to Pair Tinted Moisturizer With Sunscreen

May 11, 2021
Ariel Wodarcyk
By: Ariel Wodarcyk | Makeup.com by L'Oréal
sunscreen and tinted moisturizer

In summer, we’re all about natural-looking makeup that feels lightweight and lets our skin breathe. But just because we want to look carefree and cool doesn’t mean we can forget the most important step of any makeup routine — sunscreen. Below, we asked celebrity makeup artist Colby Smith for his tips and tricks on how to combine SPF with your favorite tinted moisturizer.

Remember that two-in-one formulas aren’t always better.

“I personally love foundations or tinted moisturizers without SPF,” Smith says. “I find that products that include SPF are slightly heavier. I prefer to layer them separately.” Even if you do choose a tinted moisturizer or foundation that contains sunscreen, SPF in makeup isn’t always broad-spectrum, which means it won’t shield you from UVA and UVB rays. And the amount you need to apply to get the level of protection on the box is oftentimes way more than you’d want to use. So, always apply sunscreen before any kind of base makeup.

Prep with moisturizer and protect with SPF.

The key to layering products is allowing each one to dry before going in with the next step. Smith likes to start by applying moisturizer, which he lets fully absorb into the skin. Then he adds a light layer of sunscreen. We recommend the La Roche-Posay Anthelios Mineral SPF Moisturizer With Hyaluronic Acid, which not only hydrates but protects the skin with broad-spectrum SPF 30. 


la roche posay anthelios mineral spf moisturizer with hyaluronic acid

Top with tinted moisturizer.

Once the sunscreen and moisturizer have fully settled in, it’s time to apply tinted moisturizer. The Maybelline New York Fit Me Tinted Moisturizer is perfect for no-makeup makeup days — it’s infused with aloe and comes in 14 shades that offer natural-looking coverage.  “I personally love using a rounded sponge to apply the makeup in a dabbing motion,” Smith says. “I find that this prevents the makeup from moving the layers below. Using a rounded sponge also helps create a seamless finish!” We recommend the L'Oréal Infallible Blend Artist Foundation Blender.

maybelline fit me tinted moisturizer

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