Friday, August 6, 2021

Tinted Moisturizer or Foundation?


During the summer, it is recommended one switch to a tinted moisturizer rather than using a regular foundation due to the higher temperatures.  Personally, I prefer the tinted moisturizer since it provides just a touch of color and feels lighter on my face but I've often wondered what the difference is between the two.

Let's begin with what the tinted moisturizer.  A tinted moisturizer is defined as a moisturizing liquid or creme natural makeup by combining moisturizers with a foundation.  A good tinted moisturizer will not feel greasy or heavy but it will provide enough moisture for your skin but it allows a person's glow to show through.  A good tinted moisturizer is much like a silky piece of gauze in that it hides what you don't want seen while allowing what you want to show, be seen.

A tinted moisturizer allows your skin to breath, enhances your look so it is nicer than the bare skin.  It is easier to wear than a foundation because it's coverage is more dewy and closer to the natural texture of your skin.  It is also easier to maintain than foundation and is a good compromise between bare skin and foundation.  

On the other hand, foundation is a base that is designed to cover all the imperfections and provide a base for the rest of your makeup.  It is meant to make your skin look flawless and even. A good foundation will cover acne, freckles, and under eye circles.  It is important if you plan to use everything like blush, concealer, etc.

In addition, if you've looked at tinted moisturizers and foundations, you might have come across the BB and CC creams especially if you follow a Korean skin care routine.  The BB creme stands for Beauty Balm or Blemish Balm. It is a liquid makeup that is an all in one product that acts as a primer but it often includes UV protection, the ability to hydrate the skin,  while controlling the shine.  The BB creme falls between the tinted moisturizer and a regular foundation but it can be used instead of to provide a no make up look because it often provides sheer coverage.

The last item you might see in this category is a CC creme.  The CC stands for Complexion Correcting or Color Correcting.  It is designed to neutralize all discolorations on the face so the skin is evened out.  A CC creme usually covers more than a tinted moisturizer or a BB creme.  In addition, the CC creme often has a lighter feel than the BB creme but they have UV protection. 

The choice of a tinted moisturizer, BB, CC, or foundation is up to the individual based on what type of look they are looking for.  Let me know what you think, I'd love to hear.  Have a great day.  See you Monday.

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