Choose The Best Tinted Moisturizer For Your Skin

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A multipurpose product that is becoming a staple among many women’s beauty cabinet is the tinted moisturizer.

This versatile product has varieties available for every skin type and also comes in a few shades to suit different skin tones.

It brightens up your skin, makes it supple, maintains hydration levels, and evens out your complexion.

Applying makeup is not everybody’s forte.

Even if you are makeup pro, there are many days when you want to have a super simple makeup routine and be out the door in a jiffy.

For people who belong to the ‘less makeup application skilled’ and the ‘in a hurry’ category, tinted moisturizers can be your best friend.

This multi-use product can provide your skin with the humectants and emollients it needs to stay nourished and hydrated all day long.

Additionally, it helps to make your skin look more even toned and brighter as well.

The dullness and tiredness can be taken away in a minute literally and you can save plenty of time in the mornings.

Tinted moisturizers have many benefits these days as different formulations are being released by many brands to act as a wholesome beauty product.

So, by knowing what your skin type is and what problems need to be combated, you can choose the best tinted moisturizer formula for your skin.

They are also a good substitute for your foundation for days when you want a natural look.

What Is A Tinted Moisturizer?

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The answer is as simple as breaking up the two words – ‘tinted’ and ‘moisturizer’.

A skin moisturizing cream that has imparts some amount of colour or tint to your skin is called a tinted moisturizer.

It is a lightweight formula that serves a dual function.

Regular moisturizers are absorbed into the skin and do not provide you with any coverage.

Tinted moisturizers have a two-fold function.

They are meant to keep your skin moisturized and hydrated, while also providing a faint amount of coverage to even out your skin tone.

The tint in such moisturizers is provided by the minute percentage of titanium oxide present in it.

Base makeup products like foundations and concealers provide light to full coverage.

They either provide a plain base for the rest of your makeup or help you to cover up any imperfections.

Tinted moisturizers do not provide as much coverage as a foundation.

However, they help to make your skin look more even than it would with just a regular moisturizer.

Marks and other hyperpigmentation can be made to appear fainter with the help of tinted moisturizers.

Tinted moisturizers are great for everyday use or days when you simply want a fresh and natural look.

They keep skin hydrated with the moisturizing components and make it appear dewy and supple all day.

Some tinted moisturizers also contain SPF and can work as a substitute for your sunscreen.

The two-in-one function of a tinted moisturizer becomes three-in-one in such a case.

Many brands that sell base makeup have their own versions of tinted moisturizers.

They are often available in different shades to suit different skin tones.

Some formulations even contain ingredients so that the tint adapts to your skin tone.

What Is The Difference Between BB And CC Cream?

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After tinted moisturizers entered the makeup and beauty world, they did compete fairly well with the standard foundations.

But not too long after came the BB and CC creams.

All three of these products serve similar purposes and personal preference plays a major role when it comes to choosing the best one for you.

BB Cream

The acronym BB stands for “Beauty Balm” and this beauty product started off as a big rage in Korea and other East Asian countries.

The news of its advantages travelled to the Western world quickly with many brands developing their own versions of a BB cream.

Currently, the market is flooded with a plethora of options in drugstore brands and high-end brands.

The purpose of the original BB cream was to cover almost as close to a foundation while offering ample protection from sun damage.

It had a thicker formula too but this got dialled down a few notches in the makeup world in the West.

The BB creams available today have a lightweight formula but are comparatively thicker than tinted moisturizers.

They provide more coverage too and have additional benefits that can range from sun protection (SPF) to anti-aging.

BB creams help to maintain optimal skin health by priming the skin, protecting it, and also decently covering up some marks and darkness.

CC Cream

CC stands for “Color Correcting” or “Conceal and Correct”.

These creams are similar to BB creams but their main purpose is to camouflage redness and darkness.

This is achieved because CC creams have more titanium oxide and provide better coverage.

Dull skin brightens up instantly with CC creams as the coverage provided makes the skin look more even toned.

They provide the closest coverage to a foundation, depending on the brand you use.

CC creams usually have a whipped and fluffy consistency and less oily when compared to BB creams.

BB creams provide a more natural, radiant look to the skin while CC creams present a more even-toned, brighter complexion in the end.

Which Is The Best For Each Skin Type?

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With many makeup brands foraying into producing and selling tinted creams, the choice one has become vast.

The process of choosing the best for your skin type might get a little confusing, but the benefits offered by different products varies.

This makes the final decision easier once you know what you are trying to gain from the tinted moisturizer, BB cream or CC cream.

Tinted moisturizers suit almost every skin type – normal, dry, oily, and sensitive.

Because the formula is lightweight and the coverage offered is as close to your skin as possible, the ‘au naturel’ look is easiest to achieve with it.

This product suits skin that does not have any marks or blemishes as there is minimal tint in it.

BB creams are best for normal or dry skin type because they are a slightly heavier formula.

A fair amount of marks, blemishes, and spots can be covered by layering the product on the skin.

The skin looks naturally radiant and fresh all day.

This might not suit people with an oily skin type as the extra shine is not the desired look in their case.

However, if your skin is prone to blemishes and marks, a BB cream can help maintain the skin in a good condition.

CC creams, like tinted moisturizers, suit all skin types that wish to cover any redness, darkness, shallowness or dullness in their skin.

The coverage is most among all the tinted cream products and the formula is lightweight too.

Thus, making it suitable even for people with oily or combination skin.

The additional properties of any of these products such as sun protection, anti-aging, antioxidants, etc. can also help to choose one that is best suited for your skin’s needs.

How To Apply Tinted Moisturizer?

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When it comes to applying a tinted moisturizer, there are two ways to approach it.

One way would be to consider it like any other moisturizer and use your fingers and hands to apply it.

The other way would be to consider it as a base makeup product and use specific makeup tools to apply it.

The first step would be to pick a tinted moisturizer that is meant for skin type, skin tone, and has the desired amount of coverage you are looking for (the coverage varies between brands).

Since you are mostly going to be using it during the day, it is best to pick one with a decent amount of SPF in it.

Once you find your match, the application is the fairly easy part.

If you prefer using your fingers, simply dot a pea-sized amount of the tinted moisturizer all over your face.

Gently massage the cream into the skin using your fingertips.

Make sure to drag the cream outwards and towards the hairline.

Let the moisturizer absorb into the skin for a few minutes.

For makeup tools to apply the product a flat foundation brush, a dense buffing brush, or sponge applicator works best.

Start by taking some tinted moisturizer on the back of your hand.

Then, start blending into the skin using the preferred or available makeup tool.

Blend well around the hairline and drag the moisturizer onto your neck as well for a more even look.

A flat foundation brush with gives a more dewy look.

However, a buffing brush will provide more coverage with an airbrushed finish.

You can add some concealer to specific spots or areas for added coverage after applying the tinted moisturizer.

The moisturizer doesn’t necessarily need a powder to set it in place.

However, if you are opting for a more matte finish, simply dab some to the oily areas of your face. 

Choose whichever application you prefer as you will still get the results that you desire from the tinted moisturizer.

There is no right or wrong method of applying it.


So, switch up your foundation for a tinted moisturizer to enhance your skin without hiding it.

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