Skip foundation this summer!

Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer SPF 20

Photo Courtesy of Biscuits N Makeup

I used to think summer meant trying to cover acne after filling my pores full of heavy foundation. Let’s face it, standard foundation is not meant for sweating out in the summer sun. You need something light weight that still provides excellent coverage and keeps your skin safe from UV rays. The answer that I’m constantly talking about is tinted moisturizer. Consider it your ultimate summer foundation solution.

What To Look For

All tinted moisturizers are not the same. If all you’re getting is a very light tint mixed with lotion, you’re not getting enough. I always look for the following features:

• SPF 15 or better
• Water resistant (especially for beach/pool time)
• Medium coverage (lessens the need for concealer)
• Oil-free
• Light-weight moisturizer

Okay, so it may seem like I’m being greedy, but it’s my face so I should get to be picky about what I put on it. Don’t settle.

What To Try

For a budget friendly buy, I recommend either Olay Total Effects 7-in-1 Tone Correcting UV Moisturizer or Neutrogena Healthy Skin Enhancer. They’re low cost and even help fight the signs of aging.

I do like Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer SPF 20 from Sephora as a higher priced alternative as it comes in seven shades and gives me extra protection from the sun. However, for more coverage, Korres Watermelon Lightweight Tinted Moisturizer SPF 30 features not only watermelon extract, but buildable coverage without killing my pores. Both are around $30-$40, but well worth it.


  1. I have been wanting to try the Jouer one! I always forget though! I need to add this to my list!

  2. Nice list! Need to look into the Hourglass TM. Also your links aren’t working. 🙁

  3. You have some fantastic picks and I agree with all of them, especially NARS and LM. Great post!

  4. Luckily with all of the brands out there you can afford to be very picky with what goes on your face! Your picks are awesome, NARS is one of my faves also!

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