Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Summer's Here! Break Out the Tinted Moisturizer!

I'm going to be honest, I wasn't always a fan of the idea of tinted moisturizers, let alone the actual products.

What if the color doesn't match? What is the quality of the coverage? Will it look right? 

After a ton of deliberation and experiments of trial and error, I found two products that actually have me advocating for the seasonal use of tinted moisturizer: Sonia Kashuk's Radiant Tinted Moisturizer (SPF 15) and VelvetMineral Liquid Foundation with Amazing Concealer Technology (SPF 15).

It's very important as the glorious summer season approaches to lighten up on your makeup coverage and let your skin glow on its own. While the transition from spring to summer has us stripping off layers of clothing and foundation, we have to make sure not to sacrifice protection from the harmful UV rays that will be following you around at every barbecue and beach outing. With either of my tinted moisturizer recommendations (I am a firm believer of having two different colors in your makeup arsenal whether it be foundation, tinted moisturizer or concealer) you can still get coverage to hide skin imperfections, while enhancing your skin color for a more radiant sun kissed look.

Sonia Kashuk Radiant Tinted Moisturizer:

I love it because it makes me feel like I am wearing nothing while making my skin feel incredibly supple.

VelvetMineral Liquid Foundation:

This product makes me look completely airbrushed which is not a bad way to go under the hot sun!

Whether you want a more natural or flawless look, these two products are a great way to go. The key to tinted moisturizer is in the application process.

I like to apply tinted moisturizers with my fingers because it's easy, fast and can blend into your skin well enough so you have no ones of demarcation. You MUST remember to blend all the way down your neck so that you eliminate that unfortunate problem of having a much lighter area under your chin than on your face. 

To truly ensure the best coverage and color, you should mix two colors on your fingertips--your personal mixture will depend on the color of your body so that your face can match or err on a slightly lighter shade--and tap your fingers together to blend the shades. After your signature color is created, dot it around your face. Try not to apply all at one time or in one area because it will be harder to get a natural and even coverage. It's always easier to add more on than try to fix an already applied mess!

Now you can enjoy the joys of summer without any hesitation!

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