Friday, January 21, 2011

DIY: Tinted Moisturizer All-In-One

I'm the kind of person who tends to take a long time to get ready before I go out. While this daily morning routine can be calming and relaxing, when I need to wake up early for school I can't afford to waste too much time applying skincare and makeup or else I'll be late. Therefore, I'm all for one quick fixes that combine a few steps and products into one so I can get out of the house as soon as possible.

I typically do not wear a full coverage foundation on most days and I opt for tinted moisturizers or light to medium coverage foundations. But I want to rotate my face products and I do like my Rimmel Lasting Finish 16 Hour Foundation so I decided to combine it with my day time moisturizer which is Clinique's Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion. I poured equal amounts of each into a clean tiny jar (I recycled the jar that used to hold my Clinique Moisture Surge) and added a few drops of Neutrogena's Liquid Sunscreen SPF 70 for some sun protection. I usually tend to skip sunscreen even though I know it is essential in preventing wrinkles and signs of aging :(

I stirred my concoction well with the sharp end of a Q-tip which I cut in half. You can also use a toothpick or mini spatula if you like. To add another benefit to my very own tinted moisturizer, I added some of Revlon's Age Defying Spa Illuminator to give my creation a bit of sheen. I stirred this into the mixture once again, making sure everything is blended together into one uniform color.

Now I can skip a few steps in my makeup routine but still achieve the look I want in the time I have. Although I still apply moisturizer prior to applying makeup, I can just use my fingers and spread the tinted moisturizer all over my face for a quick, even application. I usually mix my foundation with moisturizer when I apply it anyway so having it ready made in a jar will minimize the mess and prep time from morning to morning. Even when I mix the products together and stir well, they tend to separate at times so when I want to apply, I rub the mixture on the tips of my fingers to warm up the liquid to achieve a more flawless base. If I do not want to reach for an extra concealer I also use this under my eyes and apply this with tapping motions. It works surprisingly well under my eye area and brightens it up a lot :) This also works  really well if you're between foundation colors and you want to mix a lighter and darker shade.

I've been using this home made tinted moisturizer for a few days and so far it hasn't caused any bad reactions. I'll definitely keep doing this with my foundation since school is right around the corner! *sigh* Winter Break is almost over....I'm semi looking forward to going back to school since I've been wasting away at home for quite a bit of break. But I know after a week of school I'll be pining away for another vacation.


  1. I've heard of mixing moisturizer and foundation but always wondered about sunscreen lol Only makes sense that it would work the same way :P I should try this with a foundation that I have since I never wear medium-heavy coverage foundation to school!

    LOL I do the same thing on breaks. I get so excited and then end up staying home a lot of the time. And when school starts I want breaks again :P

    I got some Lush products today! I can't wait to use them. The scrub felt and massage bars felt so nice when they tried it on my hand! They also put a powder to matte my hand down from the massage bar, but I think I might try regular baby powder for now (hope it'll work the same) lol Thanks for your reviews or else I probably would have spent a very long time standing there smelling the products to see what I'd like xD

  2. I'm happy this post helped you answer your sunscreen question :) You should do a blog post on what you got from Lush!! I love seeing what others pick up and their opinions on the products so I can see if I'm interested in anything ^^

  3. I love this! I also love how Clinique's moisturizer is so light and easily absorbing :) Perfect for a tinted moisturizer base! Good job!