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What You Should Know About Mixing Foundation With Moisturizer

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The term “skincare smoothie” has exploded all over TikTok recently, which refers to the process of mixing together two or more skincare ingredients at once in order to save time. But before it got a name, many of us were mixing together products from a young age just because we realized it improved the experience. One such example is mixing foundation with moisturizer. Those who stan this hack say that it helps to create a more dewy, hydrated look with foundation. Those who are opposed say it can rock the stability of products, thus making them less effective. 

To find out what’s really going on when you mix foundation with moisturizer, we spoke with licensed medical aesthetician Carley Jamison for the scoop. 

About the Expert:
Carley Jamison is a licensed medical aesthetician at PureMD.

Can You Mix Your Foundation With Moisturizer?

“Mixing foundation with moisturizer creating a tinted moisturizer allows you to customize the coverage and finish,” explains Jamison. It can help the wearer feel like their skin is more quenched and less dehydrated. “However,” she explains, “you need to be mindful of the formulas. Mixing a moisturizer and a foundation could possibly alter the stability of the product and lead to unwanted reactions or diminishing the properties of one of one of the products.”

To avoid your skin having a bad reaction, Jamison says you could always do patch test and see how your skin reacts. It’s also important to note that “if your moisturizer contains SPF, mixing it with foundation may dilute the sun protection, which is essential in preventing damage from harmful UV rays,” she says.

The Benefits of Mixing Foundation and Moisturizer

  • Customized formula: “Using a long-wearing or mattifying foundation formula in combination with a hydrating moisturizer is the best way to go,” says Jamison. “You want one product to fill in the shortcomings of the other.” 

  • Extended longevity of makeup: Jamison says mixing foundation with moisturizer may help make your makeup last longer.

  • More hydrated appearance: If you have makeup that appears to flake off, adding moisturizer can help to achieve a dewy complexion. 

How to Mix Foundation and Moisturizer 

1. Start with clean hands: Wash your hands and dry thoroughly to ensure you’re not spreading bacteria across your skin.

2. Consider your ratio: Jamison says you can start with equal amounts of both products and adjust from there, or, depending on your coverage needs, add more of one product than the other. “As a general guideline, you can use a 1:1 ratio for sheer coverage or a 2:1 ratio for medium coverage,” says Jamison. “However, these ratios serve as starting points and can be further adjusted based on personal preference.”

3. Blend together: “You can do this by taking your finger, a beauty blender, or a kabuki brush and applying the mixture to the skin and building coverage as needed.”

4. Apply your products! 

What to Avoid When Mixing Foundation and Moisturizers

Remember, if you’re ever concerned about mixing two products together, you should always consult your aesthetician and/or dermatologist before trying this out. Nowadays, foundation products are loaded with skincare ingredients, so you want to make sure you’re not doubling up on ingredients when you add a moisturizer into the mix. 

“You should check for compatibility and avoid conflicting ingredients,” says Jamison. “For instance, a foundation containing active ingredients like salicylic acid or retinol shouldn’t be mixed with a moisturizer containing similar ingredients, as that could lead to irritation or over-exfoliation.”

Jamison also says that acne users should beware, as foundation and moisturizers could contain ingredients that cause breakouts. “Make sure both are non-comedogenic to start,” she says. “Heavy oils or silicones in either product should be avoided to prevent congestion or acne flare-ups.”

If you have rosacea, you also want to be mindful of irritants. “Rosacea manifests as redness, flushing, and sometimes even papules or pustules, indicating a tendency towards inflammation and irritation,” explains Jamison. “It's also really important to steer clear of products containing fragrances, alcohol, menthol, or harsh exfoliants, as these could trigger or exacerbate symptoms.”

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About the author
Brittany Leitner
Brittany is an award winning beauty, health, and lifestyle writer and author of the poetry book "23 Emotions." She has eight years of experience writing for brands like Elite Daily, The. Dr. Oz Show, Shape, Stylecaster, Bustle, and more.
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Article Last Updated April 10, 2024 12:00 AM