This DIY Tinted Moisturizer is a Quick & Easy Way to Use Up Old Makeup

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Today, I’m going to show you how to make DIY tinted moisturizer at home using products you already have lying around.

Due to the pandemic, we’ve all been spending much more time at home and a lot of time on video calls! If you’re working from home, or spending more time at home these days, you probably don’t want to wear a full face of makeup.

On the other hand, you don’t want to look washed out or unprofessional on video calls. One great solution is to wear minimal makeup, such as a tinted moisturizer. So, here’s an easy step-by-step tutorial on how to make a tinted moisturizer at home.

Tools and materials:

  • Moisturizer
  • Foundation
  • Highlighter
  • Empty container
  • Spoon
Washing an old container in the sink

1. Clean out an old container

First, find a container you can keep your tinted moisturizer in. Make sure it’s small and that the top closes well - you don’t want your homemade tinted moisturizer to dry out.

You may have a container lying around or a product that’s come to the end of its life. Wash out the container thoroughly and use it for your new tinted moisturizer.

Squeezing moisturizer into a container

2. Add your moisturizer

Add some moisturizer to the container. Start with a small amount at first, as you need to mix it with foundation, and then adjust as you go.

If you have some old moisturizer or a barely-used product, that’s great. Remember to use a moisturizer that should be used on the face.

Don’t be tempted to use a serum instead. Serums should be applied before moisturizers and they work slightly differently. I wouldn’t advise adding in extra products that may affect the consistency or color of the tinted moisturizer.

Foundation to use in your tinted moisturizer

3. Add the foundation

Next, add in some foundation. If you have a foundation that’s a little dark on you, or that you tend to use in the summer when your skin is tanned, that’s even better. You’ll be thinning out and sheering out the makeup with moisturizer, so it will come out lighter anyway.

Add the same amount of foundation as you did moisturizer. This will help you figure out which you need more or less of.

Scraping highlighter with a spoon

4. Add the highlighter

Highlighter gives the tinted moisturizer a glow and turns it into an illuminating product.

My highlighter is a sheer, neutral color, which is perfect for this DIY. You don’t want anything too dark or colorful. It’s a powder, so I just gently scraped off a little with my spoon. You don’t need a lot.

Mixing the DIY tinted moisturizer together

5. Mix everything together

Mix all the products together with a small spoon.

Testing the tinted moisturizer on your hand

Test the tinted moisturizer on your skin to check for color and consistency. Adjust the amounts as necessary and mix again.

Applying tinted moisturizer with a sponge

6. Apply your tinted moisturizer

Now that your DIY tinted moisturizer is ready for use, apply it how you wish. You can use your fingers or a sponge.

Wearing DIY tinted moisturizer as makeup

DIY tinted moisturizer tutorial

It’s that simple! I’m wearing my homemade tinted moisturizer right now. Although it may give me the same flawless skin as full foundation coverage or concealer, I feel like it looks better than it would if I went bare-faced… especially on camera! 

Let me know what you think of this tutorial and whether you’re going to try out making your own DIY tinted moisturizer at home.

Suggested materials:
  • Moisturizer
  • Foundation
  • Highlighter
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