Tried and True Moisturizers That Won't Melt Off Your Makeup
When you’ve spent an hour slaving away on a meticulous makeup look, the last thing you want is for it to end up slipping off your face. One makeup melt-off culprit? Using the wrong face cream or lotion underneath your look. While hydration is key in any skin care routine, there are certain moisturizers we recommend for layering underneath makeup, and others we, well, don’t. In other words, the trick isn’t to skip moisturizer altogether, but rather to find one that’s right for the job.
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