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The Magic of Skincare-Based Makeup

Are CC cream, BB cream and Tinted Moisturisers worth the hype?

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The Magic of Skincare-Based Makeup
Written byAmelia CranstounContent Editor
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The fusion of makeup and skincare can take care of our skin in one elegant swoop of a cosmetics brush. 

However - those who can relate to constantly shopping for the ‘right one’ that isn’t wet, heavy, sticky or even worse develops orange on your skin; will have likely asked the same question - Is skincare-based makeup truly any good? Are they the secret weapons for flawless skin, or are they just the worst of skincare and the worst of makeup?

Understanding the skincare-based makeup available 

CC Creams (Color Correcting Creams) 

CC creams are designed to address colour correction concerns, such as redness or uneven skin tone. They typically contain light-diffusing particles that illuminate the skin, providing a radiant finish. In addition to their cosmetic benefits, CC creams often boast skincare ingredients like antioxidants and vitamin C.

BB Creams (Blemish Balm or Beauty Balm)

Originally hailing from South Korea, BB creams are multitasking marvels that offer coverage, hydration, and sun protection. These formulations usually incorporate moisturising agents, such as hyaluronic acid, and may include SPF.

Tinted Moisturisers 

Tinted moisturisers strike a balance between hydration and light coverage. They are perfect for those seeking a natural, dewy finish while providing a subtle tint to even out the skin tone. Some formulations may include botanical extracts and antioxidants.

Foundation with SPF

Foundations with SPF add an extra layer of protection against the sun's damaging effects. They blend the line between makeup and skincare, offering coverage while safeguarding the skin from harmful UVA and UVB rays. This can be particularly beneficial for those who want an all-in-one solution for a polished look and sun protection.

Formulation Secrets: How Skincare-Based Makeup Differs 

The formulation of skincare-based makeup sets it apart from traditional cosmetics. These products often include:

  • Hydrating Agents: Ingredients like hyaluronic acid and glycerin are common in skincare-based makeup, ensuring that your skin stays hydrated throughout the day.

  • Antioxidants: Powerful antioxidants like vitamins C and vitamin E may be incorporated to combat free radicals, promoting a healthier complexion.

  • SPF Protection: Many skincare-based makeup products feature sun protection, defending your skin against the harmful effects of UV radiation.

While skin benefits are nice to have in makeup, experts say that they can’t match the power of a face cream or serum and especially a broad-spectrum sunscreen! With SPF, it is very important to be topping up to achieve the right coverage and protection. Generally speaking, the SPF ingredients in makeup aren’t strong enough to fully protect your skin from sun damage all on their own and should be applied in conjunction with a sunscreen product.[1]

This is also true for most products that promise results using “anti-ageing” ingredients. Experts advise that retinoids (a common ingredient used in skincare to treat early signs of ageing) and vitamin C (a popular antioxidant) would be difficult to get into makeup formulas at clinically effective levels, because “they’re notoriously unstable.” And AHAs and BHAs tend to work better at lower pH levels, “which can be a problem for other ingredients in a makeup formulation.”[2]

Are Skincare-Based Makeup Products as Effective as Skincare Alone? 

While skincare-based makeup can offer valuable benefits, it's important to note that its primary function is cosmetic. The concentration of active skincare ingredients may be lower than in dedicated skincare products. For optimal skin care, a well-rounded routine that includes cleansers, serums, and moisturisers remains essential.

Potential Drawbacks: Congestion and Skin Sensitivity

Skincare-based makeup, especially if used excessively or without proper removal, may contribute to congestion and clogged pores. Additionally, individuals with sensitive skin should be cautious and perform patch tests to avoid potential irritation.

However, there are newer products on the market to help avoid this. Some of our favourite products to avoid congestion are: 

  1. Clinique Anti-Blemish Solutions Liquid Makeup

    • Coverage: Medium

    • Finish: Natural matte

    • Shade range: 8 shades

    • Price: £29 / 30ml

    • Extra: Contains Salicylic acid for added pore-clearing

  1. Laura Mercier Oil-free tinted moisturiser SPF 30 

    • Coverage: Sheer and buildable 

    • Finish: Demi-Matte

    • Shade range: 20 shades 

    • Price: £40 / 50ml

    • Extra: Contains Licorice Root extract, Vitamin E & Broad Spectrum SPF

  1. Oxygenix Oxygenating Camouflage Foundation

  • Coverage: Sheer - Medium, Buildable

  • Finish: Natural

  • Shade range: 14 shades

  • Price: £45 / 15ml

  • Extra: SPF25

These are great alternatives to oil-based tinted moisturisers and BB creams because they are water-based. 

Benefits of water-based products 

The benefits of oil-free makeup and cosmetics include: 

  • Hydration: Water-based products hydrate skin and keep it looking smooth and supple.

  • Acne prevention: Oily skin needs a lightweight, water-based product to prevent acne and other skin problems.

  • Absorbs excess sebum: Oil-free foundation absorbs excess sebum, reducing shine and ensuring perfect coverage.

  • Non-comedogenic: Oil-free makeup does not clog pores.

  • Lightweight and breathable: Oil-free makeup is lightweight and super breathable.

Tips for Healthy Makeup Application

Cleanse Thoroughly: Ensure your skin is clean before applying skincare-based makeup to prevent congestion.

Layer Strategically: If you have specific skincare concerns, consider layering dedicated skincare products underneath your makeup for targeted treatment.

Choose Wisely: Opt for products that align with your skin type and concerns. If you have sensitive skin, choose formulations that are fragrance-free and hypoallergenic.

Remove Gently: At the end of the day, remove your makeup gently using a suitable cleanser to avoid irritation and breakouts.

It’s fair to say after our review, skincare-based makeup can be a valuable addition to your beauty routine, providing both cosmetic enhancement and skincare benefits. While they may not replace the efficacy of a dedicated skincare regimen, these products offer a convenient way to achieve a polished look while caring for your skin. 

Our Renude aestheticians can help you achieve your skin goals with an incredible skincare routine so that you no longer have to worry about getting all the right ingredients for your skin health in your make-up! To get started, take our skin quiz today. 


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