With summer fast approaching, many women prefer to ditch foundation for a lighter alternative, to avoid covering up sun-kissed vitamin D infused skin. Tinted moisturizers are the answer, here are my three favourites, which are also perfect year around!
BOBBI BROWN TINTED MOISTURIZER WITH SPF 15 (also available in an oil-free version) $40 & Balm (more coverage) $52
I chose Bobbi Brown tinted moisturizer because it is hydrating and contains jojoba oil which is extremely beneficial to the skin. I am prone to breakout if I am not careful with foundations, this is the reason I prefer the department store brands, the quality of ingredients is usually higher than with drug store brands. While I’m all for cutting corners when possible, because foundation sits on the skin throughout the day, it is more likely drugstore brands may lead to clogged pores. However, I have many clients who are able to slather the cheapest of the cheap of products on their face, and seem to effortlessly maintain gorgeous skin. Of course, these are the same women who sleep in their foundation… go figure, if I did either I’d be ashamed to leave the house, my skin would be such a disaster. My point is, if you can rock a drugstore brand without paying for it later in acneic skin, go for it!
CHANEL HYDRAMAX+ACTIVE TEINTE SPF 15 $62
Chanel’s tinted moisturizer is the Mercedes Benz of tinted moisturizers, as I am sure you were able to discern upon reading the price. The unique benefit of this tinted moisturizer is an ingredient called Ceratonia PFA, it is said to stimulate hydration, and as far as I can tell this claim is true for my skin. Yes, it is expensive, however, one thing I am able to state unequivocally is Chanel products are made to last a lifetime. I am not exaggerating ladies, I have everything from foundations to shadow palettes which I’ve been using for upwards of 3 years. Honestly, I get tired of the products long before it’s time to replace them. The great thing about this foundation as well as the others posted here, is they are all packaged in a tube, this means no contamination to the product, hence a longer shelf life. The only downside to Chanel products is many are discontinued at the blink of an eye, however, the last I checked, this product continues to be available on the site.
LAURA MERCIER TINTED MOISTURIZER SPF 20 $42
Laura Mercier is one of my favourite professional makeup artists, not only because of her skill and talent, but also for her attentiveness to offer women of colour a wide range of choices, which is no easy feat. Many cosmetic companies struggle with formulating foundations (tinted moisturizer included) for women of colour because there are numerous, stunning hues, with varied undertones within this segment of the population. Patronizing a cosmetic line established by an actual makeup artist, has its perks, and this is simply one of many. Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer is rated the #1 selling and has, understandably, earned numerous beauty awards.
So there you have it, my top three tinted moisturizer picks. The most common complaint I hear regarding tinted moisturizers is how they are too light in consistency. This always puzzles me, after all, isn’t this the whole point, hence the name ‘tinted moisturizer?’ That being stated, if you understand application, any tinted moisturizer can be layered. This means, start with a primer, add your tinted moisturizer of choice, wait a few minutes, add more, follow with concealer on the areas where you’d like more coverage and finish with a pressed powder which will give some degree of coverage. This is actually a great way to take this little tube from summer into fall/winter, since summer is such a short month, leaving you with plenty of product to spare.