How To Apply Tinted Moisturizer

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As someone who does not have the time and energy to do full makeup every time I go out, tinted moisturizers are a lifesaver. Tinted moisturizers give off a more natural look and offer a lightweight texture to the face. If you haven’t given tinted moisturizers a try, you might want to do so, especially if you want to give your face a break from heavy makeup.

Tinted moisturizers are easy to apply. Wash your face with your usual cleanser, apply sunscreen and regular moisturizer, then apply the tinted moisturizer. You can use your clean fingers, beauty blender, makeup sponge, or brush to apply the tinted moisturizer.

In this article, we will be talking about how to apply tinted moisturizer in detail. We will also be talking about the pros and cons of using tinted moisturizer. Read on until the end to find out how to apply tinted moisturizer properly!

What Is Tinted Moisturizer?

As the name suggests, a tinted moisturizer is a moisturizer that has colored pigments that matches your skin tone. This gives your face a slight coverage which a regular moisturizer does not. A tinted moisturizer has moisturizing properties that hydrate the skin aside from giving your face sheer coverage.

Some tinted moisturizer brands have several shades for you to choose from to match your skin tone. Tinted moisturizers are not as thick and heavy as foundation which is a great option if you want something lightweight for an everyday makeup look.

Many tinted moisturizers also contain SPF for sun protection. You can wear tinted moisturizer on its own or use it with other makeup products such as lipstick and blush. A tinted moisturizer is used when you do not want full coverage but rather fresh and more natural-looking makeup.

What Is The Difference Between Tinted Moisturizer And Foundation?

The main difference between a tinted moisturizer and a foundation is the coverage it gives to your skin. A foundation offers more coverage as it has more pigment than a tinted moisturizer. A foundation can also feel heavier on the face, especially if you are going to do full face makeup. This is because foundations have a thicker consistency than tinted moisturizers.

Tinted moisturizers provide a more sheer finish which can show your natural complexion and skin texture. While a tinted moisturizer can hide redness and pigmentation, or soften blemishes, it will not give you full coverage. However, the amount of coverage a tinted moisturizer can give will depend on its formula. Some tinted moisturizers may give more coverage than others.

Most foundations offer skincare benefits like SPF. But, tinted moisturizers are a two-in-one product that provides light coverage and moisturizes your skin. If you want fuller coverage foundation is the way to go but, if you want more sheer coverage, glowing skin, and the feeling of having no makeup, tinted moisturizers are for you.

How To Apply Tinted Moisturizer

Tinted moisturizer is easy to apply as it has a lightweight formula. It is also easy to blend into your skin but there are several steps you have to follow in order to apply tinted moisturizer correctly.

Here is a step-by-step guide on how to apply tinted moisturizer flawlessly.

  1. Choose The Right Shade Of Tinted Moisturizer
Choose The Right Shade Of Tinted Moisturizer

Before anything else, make sure that you choose the right shade of tinted moisturizer if you have not already. If you already have the right shade, proceed to the next step.

The right shade of tinted moisturizer will look natural on your skin and will give you a more fresher look. Aside from choosing the right shade, you also have to choose a tinted moisturizer that is suited for your skin type.

Tinted moisturizers work well if you have dry skin as it already has moisturizing properties. However, tinted moisturizers also work well on different skin types. An oil-free tinted moisturizer is good if you have oily skin, sensitive skin, or acne-prone skin. If you have a combination of dry and oily skin, you can still use a tinted moisturizer.

You also want to use a tinted moisturizer that has an SPF of at least 30 to protect your skin from skin damage. It is all about learning your shade and skin type so you can choose the right product for your skin.

  1. Cleanse Your Face
Cleanse Your Face

Before applying tinted moisturizer, cleanse your face and neck with your usual cleanser to get rid of any dirt and oil on your face. A clean face will absorb the tinted moisturizer better.

If you have any skin concerns, you can also apply a serum or a primer. Applying a serum or primer is optional so you can choose not to do it.

  1. Apply Sunscreen

Even if your tinted moisturizer already has an SPF of at least 30, applying sunscreen will give you full protection from sun damage. You can use sunscreen that is not sticky or does not feel heavy to keep your face lightweight.

There is a lot of discussion about whether to put sunscreen before or after the tinted moisturizer. If you are going to be using the tinted moisturizer as a makeup product, apply sunscreen first. If your tinted moisturizer does not contain SPF or has a lower SPF, apply your sunscreen over your moisturizer for extra protection from the sun.

  1. Apply Normal Moisturizer
Apply Normal Moisturizer

You might think that it will be redundant to apply a normal moisturizer when you will be applying a tinted moisturizer. If you have oily skin, you can skip applying a normal moisturizer.

If you have dehydrated skin, applying a normal moisturizer before a tinted moisturizer will make your skin more hydrated, especially if it is winter season. If the air is humid, you can choose not to apply a regular moisturizer.

To apply moisturizer on your face, dab small amounts of moisturizer on your face using clean fingers. Rub the moisturizer on your face using gentle upward and outward motions. Let the moisturizer dry before applying the tinted moisturizer.

  1. Apply Tinted Moisturizer
Apply Tinted Moisturizer

Once the regular moisturizer has completely dried, it’s time to apply your tinted moisturizer. Take a pea-sized amount of tinted moisturizer, warm it with your fingertips, and blend the product into your skin using a circular motion. You can apply more of the product to build your desired coverage.

You can also use a beauty blender, a makeup brush, or even a makeup sponge to blend the tinted moisturizer on your skin. If using a makeup sponge or beauty blender, make sure it is a little damp to keep the sponge from absorbing too much product.

make sure to apply the tinted moisturizer evenly on your face and neck to achieve an even and smooth finish. Once your skin has absorbed the tinted moisturizer, you can apply your blush, mascara, or lipstick, or set it with a setting spray to complete your look. You can also wear the tinted moisturizer on its own.

Pros And Cons Of Using Tinted Moisturizer

Using a tinted moisturizer has its pros and cons. One of the benefits of using a tinted moisturizer is it is very lightweight. It does not feel heavy on the face and at the same time it gives a natural-looking finish. This is great if you don’t like to have a face full of makeup but still have a seamless and minimal makeup look.

Tinted moisturizers also have moisturizing properties that keep your face hydrated and smooth. They also have different formulas depending on your skin type. There are formulas for those who have oil, dry, or combination skin.

Tinted moisturizers also contain SPF. However, that does not mean that you can ditch your sunscreen. Think of tinted moisturizer as an added bonus for your sunscreen. You still need to apply sunscreen to protect your skin from sun damage.

Tinted moisturizers also do not offer full coverage as it does not contain higher pigments. If you enjoy fuller coverage, you might be disappointed in tinted moisturizers.

If you have a lot of blemishes, hyperpigmentation, or scars, a tinted moisturizer may not provide enough coverage for you. If you have super oily skin, a tinted moisturizer can also make your skin more oily due to its moisturizing properties.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Do You Use Foundation Over Tinted Moisturizer?

Foundation and tinted moisturizers are typically used separately. When using foundation, it is normal to apply a regular foundation rather than tinted ones as the foundation already offers full coverage. However, you can always use foundation over tinted moisturizer.

Is Tinted Moisturizer Better Than Foundation?

This will highly depend on your preference. If you want fuller coverage, a foundation is the best product to use. A foundation can hide your blemishes, scars, hyperpigmentation, and your skin’s texture. While tinted moisturizers are lightweight and do not give full coverage. For everyday wear, tinted moisturizers can work if you want to give your face a breather from using heavy makeup.

Does Tinted Moisturizer Last All Day?

How long tinted moisturize will last on your face will depend on factors such as your skin type, and what kind of activity you do. Even the weather can affect the longevity of your tinted moisturizer. You may need to reapply tinted moisturizer if you want it to last throughout the day and well into the night as it typically lasts for about 4 to 6 hours.


Tinted moisturizers are very easy to apply. All you need is your clean fingers but you can use a beauty blender, makeup brush, or sponge to apply tinted moisturizers.

Tinted moisturizers are perfect if you want a quick and simple makeup routine. We hope this article helped you with how to apply tinted moisturizer for a quick makeup fix! If you have any questions, let us know via the contact form on our website.

Michelle Jackson
Michelle Jackson