Saturday, July 12, 2008

Summer Essential: Bobbi Brown Tinted Moisturizer

Summer makeup gets me more frustrated than anything else. While many products out there promise to be sweat-proof and water-proof, the truth is you have to play around to find out what really works for you.

I knew the first step to switching up my summer beauty routine would be to incorporate a Tinted Moisturizer. More and more BB products have been making their way onto my vanity table and BB's tinted moisturizer is a definite-summer must. It's winning formula is:

- light-weight

- protects skin with SPF 15

- has great sheer coverage that makes skin glow

But, I still need more coverage since I have dark marks and acne scars all over my face that seem to get darker in the warmer months. I picked up a great tip from Glamour magazine that seems to work better than anything else. I mix a little bit of a light-weight foundation (I use my MAC SPF 15 Mineralize SatinFinish Foundation, for lack of something better) with the tinted moisturizer. It still stays light weight and helps me cover up my imperfections.

Tinted Moisturizer Tips:

-Mix with a lightweight foundation if you need more coverage.

- If you have especially dry skin, you might want to use half the amount of your normal day-to-day moisturizer underneath. Otherwise, skip altogether; your tinted moisturizer should be enough.

- Best applied with a Stipling Brush such as MAC 187 Duo Fibre Brush

- Let formula dry on face before applying any other makeup.

- No need to dust a powder afterwards. Skin looks best a little dewy in the summertime. Powders will only cause everything to run.

Now, I need to figure out the best way to wear concealer in the summer since my normal cream and/or liquid formulas get smooshed on my face because of the heat! What do the rest of you do for concealer? Is it worth investing in a pencil concealer for the summertime?


Nausheen said...

You have such a great blog. I've been frequenting for about a week but this is my first comment.

Great tips! I've been wondering how to get better coverage with my tinted moisturizer without using a powder over it. I'm pakistani, so I get acne scarring as well. I've also been wanting to try the BB tinted moisturizer!! It's like your read my mind :)

What shade are you in this? I am a MAC NC35 in the summer. I don't have a BB counter anywhere near me so I would have to order online. Foundation swatches always suck online... =/

Emilee @ GMM said...

The $40 price tag definitely makes me think twice about this product. :\ I have it too, but the coverage is not as good as I had hoped.

I actually prefer using concealer as a foundation instead of TM and concealer. Any liquid concealer applied with a foundation brush works pretty well for me, but I make sure to apply it only where I need coverage.

Steph said...

your post has now made me want to go out and buy the BB tinted moisturizer. I have benefit's foundation faker but I'm not liking it as much so I might just try this :)

B said...

I loooove this BB tinted moisturizer. I actually don't wear anything on my face except concealer and a little blush but I find this works beautifully. In the winter.

B said...

I loooove this BB tinted moisturizer. I actually don't wear anything on my face except concealer and a little blush but I find this works beautifully. In the winter.

Mukho said...

Hey... u look all set to glow your way thru summer :)
Dunno if u can get it in the states, but Revlon has something called streetwear for younger kiddies in India, and they make a sort of souffle which is light yet gives excellent coverage, hides scars and everything - atleast it did for me, and they were some scars, I tell u!

BeautyTalk said...

Hi Nausheen,

Thank you for visiting and the sweet comments :)

I'm the medium to Dark in the summer, but I think you might want to try the Medium since I'm an NC40ish.

BeautyTalk said...


I used to do that too but I think my concealer isn't heavy-duty enough right now :(

BeautyTalk said...


You should definitely try it. It gives skin such an awesome dewy finish.

BeautyTalk said...


I've been wanting to try it ever since you mentioned it on yourt blog, so thanks :)

BeautyTalk said...


How are ya sis? I'm going to see if I can find that revlon product here!

Amina said...

i want to try it too.
I've just placed my first BB products

Erica said...

Thank you for the recommendation. I've been wondering about BB's tinted moisturizer, since I luv her foundation. Thank you for giving tips on how to use tinted moisturizer for those of us with acne scars.

Janelyn said...

I just came across your blog and I've been researching if bobbi brown cosmetics causes acne. Well, i just bought my first tinted moisturizer yesterday and I love it, it's only been 2 days so far I haven't broke out in acne. I do have normal/combination skin with acne scars left over. My face has cleared up, I was wondering has this product cause you to break out yet?

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