Tried and True Moisturizers That Won't Melt Off Your Makeup
We’ve compiled a list of tried-and-true moisturizers—from the L’Oreal portfolio of brands—that can be worn successfully underneath your makeup. With these picks, moisturizer and makeup are practically two peas in a pod.
L’Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care
When it comes to moisturizing without compromising your cosmetics, we recommend reaching for a lightweight gel moisturizer that won’t bog your skin down, like the L’Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care range. Formulated with aloe vera and hyaluronic acid, these moisturizers deliver long-lasting hydration hydration. The best part? There’s an option for everyone—depending on their skin type and needs.
L’Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care – Normal/Oily Skin: All skin needs moisture, even those dealing with excess oil. While slicking your skin with hydrating creams and lotions may seem like a bad idea when you’re already resembling an oil slick, that’s no reason to cut out hydration altogether. The obvious answer is a moisturizer that’s formulated for oily skin types. This moisturizer helps reduce the appearance of excess shine with a matte finish.
L’Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care – Normal/Dry Skin: External factors such as pollution and UV rays can damage the skin’s moisture barrier, increasing loss of moisture and causing unwanted dryness. As a result, the skin’s surface begins to lose its glow and look dull. That’s where moisturizing comes in. This water-based moisturizer envelops skin with moisture while delivering a glowing action to improve the look of radiance.
L’Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care – Extra Dry Skin: If you’re planning on a full face of cosmetics, you’ll need something more akin to a light lotion. This comforting formula is exactly that, locking in moisture for a fresh face that’s ready for makeup.
L’Oreal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care, $17.99 MSRP
Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Oil-Free Lotion
Sometimes it’s best to keep thing simple. That means a paraben-, colorant-, fragrance-, and oil-free formula. The moisturizing lotion, ideal for normal to oily skin types, helps visibly reduce excess oil on skin’s surface, leaving a shine-free and balanced appearance.
Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Oil-Free Lotion, $27.50 MSRP
Vichy Aqualia Thermal Mineral Water Gel
Whether you’ve just stepped out of a steamy shower, finished working up a sweat, or simply spent too much time in the sun, it’s hard to top the feeling of applying a cooling water gel all over your face (after cleansing, of course). The Vichy Aqualia Thermal Mineral Water Gel provides a cooling effect along with all-day hydration.
Vichy Aqualia Thermal Mineral Water Gel, $31 MSRP
Garnier Clearly Brighter Brightening & Smoothing Daily Moisturizer SPF 15
As you (fingers crossed) already know, wearing sunscreen every day is non-negotiable, and that rings true even if your cosmetics claim to be formulated with SPF. Garnier Clearly Brighter Brightening & Smoothing Daily Moisturizer SPF 15 not only helps provide protection against the sun’s harmful effects, but the non-greasy formula also helps turns dull, rough skin into smooth, polished-looking skin. Talk about a perfect canvas for your makeup!
CeraVe Facial Moisturizing Lotion
Come on, you didn’t expect us to talk tried and true moisturizers without mentioning a drugstore staple like CeraVe, now did you? CeraVe Facial Moisturizing Lotion provides a controlled release of ingredients to help repair and restore your skin’s natural protective barrier. The formula also boasts SPF 30, which is never (ever!) a bad thing.
CeraVe Facial Moisturizing Lotion, $16.49 MSRP