[Makeup Question] – Tinted Moisturizer with Face Primer…(Is it Necessary and in What Order?)
MELI’S ANSWER: This is a great question and one that I get a lot as a makeup artist. I am also a huge fan of tinted moisturizers and wear one pretty much everyday as my form of foundation.
In terms of the face primer, YES! Personally, I never skip a face primer. I totally see a visual difference in the appearance of my skin when I use one versus when I don’t use it. I realize that not everyone is a visual perfectionist like myself and may not see much of a difference, but besides making the surface of the skin look ultra smooth and flawless (by filling in lines and masking pores) prior to foundation, the face primer will also extend the longevity of your face makeup.
Face primer is one of the few products that actually accomplishes a whole lot within one product, so I cannot even imagine life without it at this point. It’s one quick, easy extra step and totally worth it if you take the time to wear face makeup.
Okay, the second part of this question really comes down to a personal preference (meaning there is no right or wrong answer in my professional opinion). As I had mentioned, the tinted moisturizer is serving as my FOUNDATION. So, I completely pretend it’s my foundation.
Meaning I still go ahead with my normal skincare regime: serum, moisturizer, and primer. Then afterwards, I conceal and apply the tinted moisturizer. I know some are thinking, why are you using two moisturizers? Isn’t that overkill? Honestly, I don’t see the harm in using two moisturizers. Perhaps if one has oily skin, it may be completely unnecessary to use two. Keep in mind, I’m also using all of my skincare products very sparingly. I may use a ton of products to create the perfect face, but when using more products, you can get away with using such a lesser amount of each product and so in the long run, the products are going to last much longer.
FYI, the first moisturizer I use usually has a high dosage of SPF and other properties to suit the needs of my skin (such as anti-blemish and anti-aging). That’s why I do not like to skip it completely and have the tinted moisturizer replace the first moisturizer.
I do NOT believe there is such a thing as one product that is going to create the perfect face because there are so many elements to the face that need to be addressed in order to create visual perfection; however, if you are just looking for something to throw on in a minute and run out of the door, can you get away with wearing just a tinted moisturizer? Why, of course…you can totally get away with it and I won’t stop you at the door. I realize that everyone’s standard for how their skin looks varies, so for most everyday people that are not looking for flawlessness, just something that will kind of get the job done and within a short amount of time…then a tinted moisturizer is the best choice.
[How do you like to layer your face products?]