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Wearing a Primer With a Tinted Moisturizer

Can I Use a Primer With Tinted Moisturizer?

A reader asks:

"I've recently discovered the wonders of makeup primer. I love the soft, silky way it makes my skin feel, and my powder foundation glides on effortlessly. But before shelling out the bucks for a full size bottle of primer, I wanted to know if it would also work with my alternate form of foundation — those tinted ones that are part moisturizer? Would the primer block the moisturizer from sinking into my skin? I'm having visions of ending up with a layer of globby muck on my face."

Makeup primer is typically formulated with silicones (aka dimethicones) that work to fill in and smooth out lines and scars. It also has the benefit of helping your makeup last longer. As far as wearing primer with tinted moisturizer, I don't see a problem with that at all. Just keep in mind that applying each product in light layers will give you the best, most natural results. Find out more tips, along with some ways to break the rules, when you


  • If you are going full out with your routine: For best results, apply a light layer of facial moisturizer and allow to dry. Then apply a thin coating of primer and let that dry. Next, apply foundation or tinted moisturizer where needed. Even better? If your foundation or tinted moisturizer has silicones, too, they will work favorably with your primer.
  • If you feel like it's all too heavy: I tend to get oily, but I like the benefit of a facial moisturizer, primer, and foundation. Thus, I go oil-free all the way.
  • If you feel like skipping a few steps: Just use a tinted moisturizer with silicones (which most have), like Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer ($42).
  • If you don't like foundation: Consider using a tinted primer such as Laura Geller Spackle Tinted Under Makeup Primer ($23) or Philosophy The Supernatural Flawless Tinted SPF 15 ($30).
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