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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).
Join The Conversation
luv2blazy luv2blazy 8 years
I always wondered if I could do this. Thanks for the tip bella!
danixk danixk 8 years
i agree emo. prep and prime has that little touch of illuminators that i cannot live without!!
emososays17 emososays17 8 years
MAC's prime and prep is amazing!
terryt18 terryt18 8 years
Has anyone ever tried Velvet skin coat by DHC? I got a sample w/ their catalog and thought it amazing, pero I'm not a primer connoisseur.
details2 details2 8 years
the smashbox light formula rocks - no breakouts for me!
emalove emalove 8 years
I have that exact Smashbox light primer that's featured above. I love it! And I've used it with tinted moisturizer many times...I have drier skin though.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 8 years
Snarky, I also don't like the Smashbox primer! It makes more people break out than you would think. I stick with the MUFE primer.
snarkypants snarkypants 8 years
benefit "that gal" works as a great primer. i didn't like the smashbox primer, but i seem to be the only one that doesn't. "that gal" is great even if you don't want to use a tinted moisturizer or concealer. it gives your face a nice glow. and lilkimbo, i also swear by urban decay's primer potion. love it!
amybdk amybdk 8 years
I use the Laura Mercier primer with the LM tinted moisturizer. I've been very happy with the results!
aelizme aelizme 8 years
Smashbox Photo Finish is the best one I know of. Makes your skins so soft and smooth...awesome!
lilkimbo lilkimbo 8 years
You can use it with mineral make-up as well. BE actually has a decent primer out. And I LOVE their eye primer. It is starting to rival my go-to eye primer, which is the Urban Decay Primer Potion.
cloroxcowgirl cloroxcowgirl 8 years
I've been thinking of purchasing a primer. Can you use it with mineral makeup or just liquid foundation?
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
Great tips. I don't use a primer since I usually don't do a full face of makeup, just concealer here and there. How does primer work for under eye fine lines? I'd hate to have it make them look more obvious.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 8 years
I use primer and tinted moisturizer together all of the time. I also just go oil free with both.
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