DIY Beauty: blend makeup with your moisturizer?

Moisturizer is a necessity for many women. Even though I prefer facial oil, I do use moisturizer on some days. Recently, I’ve even been stretching my moisturizer to get more out of it. How? Well, by blending it with my makeup! And I believe a number of you already know how. *wink*

Moisturizer + Mineral Powder = Tinted Moisturizer
I started mixing my moisturizer with some mineral makeup foundation powder because I thought that would offer me a better coverage. While I do like the look with tinted moisturizer but since I don’t use it often enough, it makes no sense for me to purchase one. DIY is easy and I definitely got more mileage out of my powder and my moisturizer with an improved coverage.

Moisturizer + Eyeshadow = Cream Eyeshadow
While I was at it, I also tried mixing my moisturizer with my eyeshadow. I was using a cream eyeshadow from Paul & Joe for awhile and found them to be rather long lasting. So I thought it’ll be fun to mix my favorite colors to my moisturizer to get a cream shadow of my own, which I apply using a brush. It’s even possible to get a new funky shade by mixing two or more colors together.

Moisturizer + Blush Powder = Cream Blusher
Blusher is not something I use often but Jo of Lolita taught me how to mix it with a moisturizer to get a cream blusher, which I can apply under my powder. I thought that’s a pretty subtle and natural way to add some rosy colors to my cheeks.

Lip Balm + Blush Powder = Lipstick
Other than moisturizer, you can also use your lip balm to mix with your blush powder to make a new lipstick shade. In fact, I wrote about customizing your own lipstick in one of my DIY posts before. However, I’ve subsequently learnt from some readers as well as Jo that we must use lip safe colorants. So make sure your blusher powder is safe to be used for this purpose. Typically, Carmine, Ferric Ferrocyanide and Ultramarines are not lip safe. The last two ingredients are rather dark and I doubt we have them in most blush powder anyway. As for Carmine, it depends on the individual. I know I have no issues with it though.

Mix per application
Try experimenting in small quantities. For picture sake, I’ve mixed all colors into little containers you see here but in reality, I mix the color onto my palm for each application because it’s less messy that way for me and I don’t have to think about storage. And don’t use too much of the powder so that the mixture would not be too drying.

Your say
So do you mix your makeup with your skin care products? Do you like the idea? Personally, I like the idea of using my DIY tinted moisturizer but for the rest, it’s more like something I’ll do once in a while just for the fun as it does take up a bit of time if I were to do this every day!


  1. rinaz says:

    Gosh, I didn’t know about this technique, thanks! I’m definitely going to experiment ?

  2. Annia says:

    Great idea! Thanks for sharing ? I will try that tomorrow! One of Dr. Hauschka’s products I use follows this idea .. its a liquidy bronzer you mix with your daycream of choice: Gives you a subtle healthy tan ? I like it.

  3. Audris says:

    Have done the tinted moisturiser before ? But the coverage doesn’t compare with just the foundation alone and I find that I need to either mix up a lighter batch of mineral foundation or use a lighter colour when I mix it with the moisturiser to get a good match.

    Just tried the cream blusher method you listed above. But I think a lot of powder is required? Seems like I didn’t mix in enough, so it hardly showed up on my face. I’m into cream blushers now, so this method would save me quite a bit of money over purchasing cream blushers ? I’d also imagine the blusher might turn out slightly darker in cream form than powder.

    Lucy Minerals has this Ambrosia serum that’s really a mix of oils. They recommend mixing foundation with a drop of the “serum” for a creamy concealer. I’ve tried it with my own lighter oils and it does work pretty well with excellent coverage.

    But I agree with you, it’s pretty time-consuming! Best saved for once-in-a-while fun!

  4. sesame says:

    The tinted moisturizer works great as a base; you still need to powder over. Don’t use too much of the powder to get a lighten shade. For the cream blusher, I didn’t use a lot of color. Could be due to the more pigmented color. I like it cos it’s more subtle and so maybe you’re looking for something that shows up more?

    I wonder how oil would fare with foundation…sounds like something fun to try with next time.

    Yeah…for fun okay. Or say you have some blusher powder that you hardly use, maybe mixing will lighten the color to a shade you might use again?

  5. sesame says:

    Oh yes, I read something about mixing to get a bronzer too but I don’t use bronzer so haven’t tried it.

  6. sesame says:

    Haha…nice to play especially if you have some spare makeup to experiment with. ?

  7. Audris says:

    Just played with the cream blusher again before stepping into the shower. Managed to get a more pigmented version of the same blusher this time ? It’s a slightly shimmery medium apricot-pink in its mineral powder form and just doesn’t show up on my skintone at all despite the layers I pile. Added less moisturiser to powder this time and the cream version does show up on my face! However, much of the apricot/peach tones were removed and it showed up more on the pink side, with a slight sheen. Still a fun experiment. Water got rid of the cream blusher on my cheeks easily, but when I tried washing my blusher brush twice with my usual cleanser and followed by a stronger facial wash, the white bristles still remained pink.

    Yup, you’ve guessed my mind. I have a lot of blusher samples from various mineral makeup companies that I haven’t got around to using up because the colours are too light or just “off”. Going to turn them into guinea pigs ?

    Like the tinted moisturiser, the ratio of cream to powder is a tricky one ?

  8. fwy says:

    A few years ago, I was bitten by bed bugs for a period of time & had red marks all over my legs. I subsequently mixed my foundation with my body lotion & applied them on my legs to hide them.

  9. sesame says:

    Oh…that’s a clever idea! I never thought of concealing scars on my body that way. I should try it for one on my leg! Thanks for the tip! ?

  10. sesame says:

    I hardly use blusher but with this mixture method, I also can use some of the really pigmented ones without worrying my cheeks would look like a baboon’s butt. ?

  11. Silva says:

    Great ideas! I’ve been making my own tinted moisturizer, but the rest is new to me ?

  12. sesame says:

    Then it’s time to try for the fun. ?

  13. Vaisnavi says:

    Gosh! I thought I was the only one who did this!

  14. sesame says:

    Haha…no, you’re not alone. ?

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