Tinted Moisturizer: A Waste of Money

As summer approaches, I keep reading questions about how to lighten one's makeup routine. The top question is, What's the best tinted moisturizer out there? Tinted moisturizer is like macaroni and cheese: All of the ingredients are in the name. You probably have all two of the ingredients already. I see tinted moisturizers out there for $30. This is absolutely ridiculous and unnecessary. The craziest thing is they actually sell.

For summer, simply mix an oil-free, broad spectrum sunscreen moisturizer with a few drops of a matte foundation. You want to achieve a little added color, protection, and coverage in a product that won't slide off your skin or clog your pores. Stay away from setting powders and keep your T-zone shine free with blotting papers.

Summer makeup shouldn't be an added expense and effort; you're removing layers and weight from your makeup, not adding anything. Your goal is to keep skin as bare as possible while maintaining defined features and a polished look when necessary. Most, if not all, of what you need you already have. Get creative and think outside the box a little: mix darker lipstick shades with lighter ones to make them wearable in the warmer months; use your multiple sticks on your cheeks, eyes, and lips for a uniform color theme. Stick with cream shadows and waterproof gel liners to make your eye makeup as sweat-proof as possible.

These are just a few ideas to keep your summer makeup routine simple and minimalistic.

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