I’m not sure if I’m really allowed to call this a “DIY”, it’s more like a “oh hey, take three products you already own and put them on your face at the same time”. It’s a pretty basic idea, but not something I had thought about trying until recently. So, now I bring my wisdom to you. You’re welcome.
First, you’ll need a moisturiser. I’ve just used my regular daily moisturiser, which at the moment is the Una Brennan Rose Hydrate Radiance Day Cream. This is especially good for making DIY tinted moisturiser as it has SPF in it already, plus it comes in a squeezy tube which makes it easier to dispense the right amount. Now it’s time to add foundation. I still swear by my all-time favourite, Estee Lauder Double Wear Light. As you’re using extra moisturiser, you’ll want to choose a foundation that’s long-lasting and semi-matte so Double Wear Light is perfect for this. The final step is to add a wee bit of highlighter to get that summery glow, and I love NARS Orgasm Illuminator.
Give everything a good mix together on the back of your hand (I usually use the end of a pair of tweezers – very technical equipment here – but you could use a brush, a cotton bud, or just your finger) and apply it to your face. I then blend it in with the Real Techniques Buffing Brush, top up with concealer where needed, and I’m good to go. The benefit of creating your own tinted moisturiser is threefold (hey, am I selling it to you here?). Firstly, you don’t need to go spend £20 on a new base just for the few short weeks of summer we seem to get. Secondly, you know it’ll be a perfect colour match as you’re using a foundation that already suits you. If you’ve got a bit of a tan, this is the perfect opportunity to get some use of a foundation that’s a teeeeny bit too dark for you. And thirdly, you can customise the ratio of moisturiser to foundation to highlighter depending on what you need that day. Usually I do equal amounts of moisturiser and foundation with a little squeeze of highlighter, but if I’m having a rubbish skin day I’ll just up the foundation slightly.
Have you tried mixing your own DIY tinted moisturiser?