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How To Use Tinted Moisturizer

If you don't want to apply a heavy foundation, but still want a bit of pigment and coverage, you should try a tinted moisturizer. A tinted moisturizer is a moisturizer with some pigment added to it. As an added bonus, most of these products also contain a sunscreen. If you plan to be outside for a good part of the day, buy a product with at least an SPF of 15. There are many formulations of tinted moisturizer, including brands with Vitamin C, a very good antioxidant for skin. Many natural brands are free of parabens and other chemicals.  As when choosing any makeup, be sure to read the ingredients label!  Tinted moisturizers are an especially good makeup choice in the warmer months when sheer and light coverage is more desirable than heavier formulas. 

Tinted moisturizer is applied in much the same way as your every day moisturizer. Start with a clean and dry face. Use your concealer under your eyes or anywhere else where you have shadows or discoloration. Keep in mind that the tinted moisturizer is sheerer than your foundation; it will not do as good of a job as your foundation at covering up blemishes, and so you will have to use your concealer to cover up any imperfections.

 Apply a small amount of the product to your fingertips and apply by blending from the center of your face outward. If you are using your fingers to apply the product, make sure your hands are clean.  Some people like to apply the product with a foam wedge sponge or foundation brush, and this is purely a matter of your application preference. Make sure you completely blend the product along your hairline at your forehead and at the jaw line. In the same way you apply your foundation, you also want your tinted moisturizer to look natural and not like you are wearing a mask. A line of demarcation (where the product ends and your skin begins) is not an attractive look on anyone! Blending of the product is essential for a seamless look.

You can dust some face powder over your face when you are finished to give it staying power and help avoid any oily shine, if you have oily skin, or you can just skip this step completely. Now that you have applied your product, you can go ahead and apply the rest of your makeup.

You can find a variety of tinted moisturizers in your local drug store starting at around $10, and several of the department store brands also make tinted moisturizers ranging in price from $25 to $50.  Reading online reviews of the various brands is a very good place to start your search for a product that is just perfect for you!  
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