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Easy Beauty Trick: DIY Tinted Moisturizer For Glowing Skin

If you’re naturally fair-skinned, like I am, spring can be a somewhat difficult transition period.  The first time you wear a t-shirt or shorts, it’s very clear that your skin has been hiding under layers of clothing all winter. There are so many self tanners available these days it can be difficult to select the right one, and often times they leave your skin orange and streaky, which is even worse than being pale. Not to mention, they are pretty pricey (especially the good ones). This easy beauty trick is far cheaper, and the results are amazing! Read on to learn how to make your own tinted moisturizer.

diy tinted moisturizer

What you need: Your choice of moisturizer and bronzing powder. If you plan on using this on your face mostly, maybe select a gentle lotion intended for the face. If you don’t want the tinted moisturizer to have any scent, use a fragrance-free lotion. As far as the bronzer, this is what makes this such a great homemade solution – you can choose the shade of powder that works best for your skin. The fairer your skin, the lighter the shade of powder you should use. If you’re going for a really dark glow, use a darker powder. Pressed powder works for this too but you just have to work a bit harder to mix it in with the lotion.

homemade tinted moisturizer

Mix equal parts of the lotion and the powder. Mix them together until smooth in consistency.

diy tinted moisturizer

homemade tinted moisturizer

diy tinted moisturizer

Test the color out on your hands first and see if you like the shade. This may look dark but once you rub it in to your skin it blends right in and you would never know it’s there!

diy tinted moisturizer

diy tinted moisturizer

My arm after applying. It’s hard to tell the effect, so here’s a comparison. Can you tell which arm has the tinted moisturizer on it?

diy tinted moisturizer

And here’s a before and after shot of the tinted moisturizer on my face:

diy tinted moisturizer

I love how subtle yet effective it is! Bottle up your tinted moisturizer and apply as needed.

diy tinted moisturizer

diy tinted moisturizer

Rings pictured: Veda Detail Ring, Etched Square Stone Ring, Ornate Stone Ring, Stacking Stone Rings, Toe Rings.

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Photos by Brigette & Julia.

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jessica -May 8, 2013, 7:36AM

looks great! would this possibly come off on your clothes?

fp julia -May 8, 2013, 9:14AM

It didn’t come off on my clothes at all – I would recommend putting it on before getting dressed and letting it fully dry first though :)

Audrey -May 8, 2013, 9:43AM

What a cool tutorial! I’m totally going to be trying this with a lotion with a low spf so that I can still be bronzed and safely build a little bit of a base tan! I’m super excited to try this, thanks! :)

Sparksinspring -May 8, 2013, 10:08AM

The glow is so natural! I love how the results are instant and you get to choose the moisturizer base accordingly! :) Why haven’t I thought of this before?

x Sparks In Spring

Zoe -May 8, 2013, 11:22AM

Such a great idea, and looks really natural!


Fi -May 8, 2013, 11:41AM

Fabulous! Thanks so much!

Tori -May 8, 2013, 11:43AM

Genius idea! And I just discovered your homemade bronzer recipe. Can’t wait to try them together!

Amanda -May 8, 2013, 11:51AM

Thank you for this. I have never been a fan of the fragrance of most self tanners. I am definitely going to try this though. Fingers crossed that it does not come off on my clothes.

Alejandra -May 8, 2013, 1:09PM

What a great idea! And those rings are gorgeous!

Meg -May 8, 2013, 1:24PM

This is seriously AWESOME!!!!!!
I have been trying to get better with staying out of the sun. However, I do like a nice glow.
I am going to try this!

jaclyn -May 8, 2013, 2:25PM


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SO -May 8, 2013, 2:41PM

How long does it last? Does it last until you shower and then all come off?

fp julia -May 8, 2013, 3:16PM

Yes, it washes off in the shower!

jennifer -May 8, 2013, 8:09PM

Can you recommend a good powder and shade? I never wear powder, so I don’t know anything about it. “Bronzer”? “Mineral foundation”? Brands? Thanks!

Michelle -May 8, 2013, 8:59PM

I love the tutorial! I tend to cover up when out in the sun because of skin cancer. I hate wearing dresses because my legs and arms are so white. I will definitely try this and thanks!

Shelley -May 8, 2013, 11:02PM

What a great idea! I’m definitely going to try this!

Allie -May 8, 2013, 11:16PM

Does it wash off in the shower tough?

Allie -May 8, 2013, 11:17PM

I meant, does it wash off in the shower though?

Niloo -May 10, 2013, 1:52AM

Great! Im gonna try it out first thing tomorrow
I hated that orangish look of self tanner
Could you please recommend powder as well

Christin -May 10, 2013, 10:54AM

Made my own with a shimmery bronzer for festivals and when I’m feeling fun :) LOVED the results! So much more natural looking than self tanner.

Joelle -May 12, 2013, 8:18PM

Would this streak/come off if you were sweating while wearing it?

Jean Marie -August 7, 2013, 3:09AM

I would love to try it.

sarah 1991 -August 18, 2013, 10:00AM

When you were this does it wear off if u sweat a lot. Like gym and work?
how long wud a bottle last if u use on face?
im fair skinned to wud I loom orange?

Nikki -December 16, 2013, 9:49PM

what exact brand of lotion and bronzer did you use?

Nat -April 10, 2014, 1:50AM

I’ve heard that after a while, it gets streaky, is this true?

Scarlet -April 28, 2014, 10:27AM

If I put sunscreen on after will it come off? I might use a lotion that doesn’t come off with water so when I wash my hands it won’t just come off on my hands haha

Elora -May 21, 2014, 5:29PM

Is there any possibility I may sweat it off?

Farzana -September 1, 2014, 3:41PM

Is it possible to use cocoa powder instead of bronzing powder?

Grade -December 23, 2014, 10:30AM

Does it feel heavy or sticky?

Alisha -February 8, 2016, 1:40AM

The best part about the this beauty trick is that it’s convenient and easy. I tried this and within 30 minutes, I was able to reduce the tan on my hands. I also found a great article to lighten skin with 9 type of methods. Here is the post link guys

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