How to Apply Tinted Moisturizer for a Dewy, Radiant Glow

July 29, 2020
By: Marisa Petrarca | by L'Oréal
How to Apply Tinted Moisturizer for a Dewy, Radiant Glow

We have (and love!) our fair share of BB creams, CC creams and foundations. But on days when we want our makeup routine to be quick, low-key and super natural-looking, a tinted moisturizer is our go-to. There are formulas that are good for your skin and provide a sheer tint of light coverage that’s perfect for the no-makeup makeup look. "Tinted moisturizers are great for a more casual finish — kind of like wearing your favorite pair of jeans," says Giorgio Armani 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 because they usually come in a tube." To learn more about the best tips for a flawless tinted moisturizer application, read on for Quinn’s expert advice.  

Tip #1 for Applying Tinted Moisturizer: Cater to Your Skin Type, Not Tone

Because tinted moisturizers tend to have a sheer formula, choose one based on your skin type rather than your skin tone. If you're prone to breakouts, seek out an oil-free formula like the Urban Decay Naked Skin One and Done. If you have dry skin that needs a boost of glow, try the Giorgio Armani Prima Color Control Glow Moisturizer. It’s an ultra-sheer, tinted moisturizer that has SPF 35 and blurs your skin of any blemishes to unveil a revitalized glow. 

Tip #2 for Applying Tinted Moisturizer: Ditch the Brush 

Tinted moisturizers are like hydrating lotions. Skip the makeup sponge 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 and blend (with your fingers) to give your skin a smooth appearance.

Tip #3 for Applying Tinted Moisturizer: Skip the Powder

Although you may be tempted to set the look with a finishing powder, we highly recommend resisting 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 can’t skip out on the setting step, we recommend spritzing with a facial mist like the Maybelline New York FaceStudio Glass Spray. It helps set your makeup while still hydrating your face and offering a dewy, glowing finish.

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