How to Apply Tinted Moisturizers

Updated March 23, 2017

Tinted moisturiser can be used as an alternative to foundation in the summer or by those looking for a more natural, fresh look. When applied properly, tinted moisturiser creates a flawless complexion with the added benefit of moisturising. It can be worn alone or combined with other make-up for a more finished look.

Cleanse the face and neck area. When applying any type of make-up, it is always best to start with a clean face. Thoroughly dry the skin with a towel before applying make-up.

Dot a small amount of concealer over blemishes. Choose a concealer that is one shade lighter than the skin tone for the best results. Tinted moisturiser is more sheer than a foundation, so concealing blemishes is especially important for a flawless look.

Dab the moisturiser over any blemishes or red spots first. This will help to create a more even skin tone. Blend the moisturiser into the skin working from the centre of the face outward using a foam wedge. You can use your fingers if you do not have a foam wedge.

Completely blend the moisturiser along the hairline and neckline. This creates a more natural look and avoids the fake look that is a common problem for women who do not properly apply foundation or tinted moisturiser.

Complete the look with a light dusting of powder. The powder helps to set the moisturiser and eliminates shiny or oily spots on the skin.


Many tinted moisturisers have SPF for added protection from the sun. If you are spending time outside, look for a moisturiser with an SPF of 15 or greater.

Things You'll Need

  • Concealer
  • Tinted moisturiser
  • Wedge sponge
  • Nylon brush
  • Powder
Cite this Article A tool to create a citation to reference this article Cite this Article

About the Author

Jessica Leigh is a professional writer with works published for "The Houston Chronicle" and various websites. In addition to pursuing a degree in legal studies she has years of experience in the financial industry as a tax preparer.