making a tinted sunscreen

For daytime foundation application, it is always a good idea to keep it light and simple because daylight can be unforgiving to a cakey foundation application. One way to do this is to skip the heavy foundation and opt for a tinted sunscreen to get a lighter, more natural coverage. While there are many tinted sunscreens out there, I have found it difficult to find one that blends well with my skin tone so the only other option was to make my own. Making a tinted sunscreen is super easy and I’ve found that it provides a slightly better coverage than a tinted moisturizer. Here’s how I make my own.

What you need:

  • Your favorite sunscreen, preferably a natural sunscreen with titanium and zinc oxide as the  active ingredients because this adds more coverage. I personally love and use Aubrey Organics Natural Sun SPF 30
  • Mineral Powder Foundation or a foundation of your choice. If you are interested in creating your own mineral powder foundation, you can find the recipe HERE.
  • Empty jar
  • Something to stir formulation with

Putting it all together:

Simply combine sunscreen and foundation in empty jar and stir until thoroughly mixed. Regarding how much of each ingredient to use, I simply eyeball everything and adjust with more sunscreen or more powder as needed. I often do I tablespoon of sunscreen to 1/4 teaspoon of powder foundation. For more coverage, I simply add more powder foundation.

The application:

I was super excited after making my first tinted sunscreen because I was surprised at how well it worked and how much better coverage it gave my skin while still feeling very sheer. I also liked that it reduced my morning routine by another step because now I don’t have to apply sunscreen and foundation separately. And because most natural sunscreen like my Aubrey Natural Sun use titanium and zinc oxide as its active ingredient, it tend to leave an ashy residue on my skin and tinting my sunscreen helps to counter that problem.

2 thoughts on “How I Make A Tinted Sunscreen

  1. Lillian Negron says:

    Hi. On the tinted sunscreen did you used a darker powder foundation. I tried but my skin color is olive, Im Puertorrican, so I am tan but more yellowish and when I mixed my sunscreen which is 19% zinc oxide the result was more rose tone instead of olive tone.

    • Belle says:

      Hi Lillian, yes I used a darker powder foundation that matched my skin tone. Sometimes you have to experiment with different colors to find the right one.

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