Welcome to the next installment of the Pale Girl’s Guide – How to Make Your Own Tinted Moisturizer, DIY BB Cream and CC Cream! Ever feel like it’s hard to find the perfect match in a foundation or tinted moisturizer? That’s why I decided to do a DIY.
How to Make Your Own Tinted Moisturizer, DIY BB Cream and CC Cream
This post contains a mix of press samples and products purchased by me.
BB Creams (Asian ones like the Holika Holika Orange that I used to love) are supposed to have the following properties – moisturizer, SPF, foundation, concealer, anti-wrinkle, brightening, nourishing, all in one. They’re supposed to be lighter than a foundation but have more coverage than a tinted moisturizer.
CC Creams, on the other hand, are supposed to be color correcting, have SPF, be brightening, nourishing and have less coverage than a BB Cream but more than a tinted moisturizer. I thought that with Spring here, you might be interested in lighter coverage base makeup.
In this guide I will show you how to DIY (do it yourself)
- Tinted moisturizer (lightest coverage)
- CC Cream (light coverage)
- BB Cream (light-medium coverage)
Cover FX’s CC Cream was my favorite foundation type product for a long time. It has great medium coverage but can be sheered out to make it lighter in coverage if you want. I think it has a subtle dewy finish, which is perfect for my dry skin. It’s oil free and has good anti-aging and nourishing ingredients in it like licorice root extract, which helps to brighten your skintone over time. (sadly, it has been discontinued)
Now, to be clear, I ALWAYS put on moisturizer with SPF before I put on any makeup. I look at the SPF in makeup as a BONUS, not something I rely on for my skin. So I always slather on the moisturizer with SPF to get the full benefits and coverage. But when it comes to my tinted moisturizer, BB Cream or CC Cream, I tend to apply those more sparingly, so that I don’t have any cakeyness going on. (see my current skincare routine)
To make my tinted moisturizer, BB Cream, and CC Cream, I mixed a bunch of products in my makeup stash together, but you can do it with whatever you like. I encourage you to shop your stash and repurpose products you haven’t used in a while. Have a foundation that’s too dark or too thick? We can fix that! At the very basic level, you’ll need your foundation and a serum or moisturizer to mix with. The illuminator is optional but I love the glow. The white foundation mixer is key if you have a foundation you like that’s too dark for you. You need to mix together the foundation and white mixer first until you have the right shade. You can also try this to make a foundation darker, warmer or more olive toned. The Body Shop has darkening and lightening foundation mixers. Nyx also has a pro foundation mixer that comes in Olive, Warmth, Deep, White, Luminous, and Opalescent.
- Serum / Moisturizer
- Illuminator (optional)
- White Foundation Mixer (optional)
To address my dry skin’s needs, I used Illamasqua Hydra Veil, however you could also use a hyaluronic acid booster, too. To add illumination, I used a few different products – Nyx Pro Foundation Mixer in Opalescent, Nyx Born to Glow Illuminating Primer, and NARS Illuminator in Copacabana. I also used a few drops of Manic Panic Dreamtone White. If you don’t like your foundation to have illuminating properties, skip the illuminator and just go for a great serum.
Products I Used
- Cover FX CC Cream in N-Xtra Light (discontinued, use your favorite foundation)
- Manic Panic Dreamtone White
- Supergoop! City Sunscreen Serum SPF 30 (for a more budget friendly option try try Pacifica Dreamy Cover Serum SPF 20)
- Nyx Opalescent Pro Foundation Mixer
- Nyx Born to Glow Illuminating Primer
- NARS Copacabana Illuminator (for a more budget friendly version try Nyx Sunbeam)
- Illamasqua Hydra Veil (for a more budget friendly version try Catrice Prime & Fine Healthy Look Primer)
Equipment You’ll Need
- Airless Pump Bottles (I bought this 6 pack)
- 70% Alcohol to Sterilize
- Silicone Bowls
- Silicone Spatula
- Small Spatula for mixing
You want to clean the airless pump bottles, silicone bowls, and spatulas with 70% alcohol and let them air dry.
The first mixture I made was basically a tinted moisturizer. I wanted to create a sheer product. You really want this mix to be about 45% serum or moisturizer + 45% illuminator + 10% foundation or concealer, since the goal is light coverage. If you don’t want to use an illuminator, make the serum / moisturizer around 80% and the foundation 20%.
What I put into my tinted moisturizer
- 45% Supergoop City Serum
- 30% Nyx Born to Glow Illuminating Primer
- 10% Nyx Pro Foundation Mixer Opalescent
- 10% Cover FX CC Cream N-Xtra Light
- 3% NARS Illuminator in Copacabana
- 2% Illamasqua Hydra Veil
I’m personally not a fan of tinted moisturizers because of my rosacea, but not everyone has that issue. This will give me a bit of color, but it won’t fully even out my skintone or cover my redness. If you have good skin, or freckles you want to peek through, this is the formula you should try. You can always bump up the coverage a bit if you need it by adding a tiny bit of concealer.
The next mixture I made was a CC Cream. This is a light coverage product, but it will cover my redness and even out my skintone. You want this to be about 35% foundation + 20% serum + 10% moisturizer + 35% illuminator. This is a thinner texture than the BB Cream and using a serum will help it to be more like a CC Cream than a BB Cream.
- 35% Cover FX CC Cream N-Xtra Light (mixed with a bit of Manic Panic Dreamtone White)
- 20% Supergoop City Serum
- 20% Nyx Pro Foundation Mixer Opalescent
- 10% Illamasqua Hydra Veil
- 10% Nyx Born to Glow Illuminating Primer
- 5% NARS Illuminator in Copacabana
One thing I did experiment with was putting on the tinted moisturizer all over, then just spot concealing with the CC Cream to cover the worst of my redness. That actually worked pretty well, but I’d still rather just use a product with more coverage.
The last mixture I made was a BB Cream. This is a light-medium coverage product that gives a beautiful glow. I can apply it with my finger tips and it looks good, though I prefer a damp beauty blender. It covers my redness. It’s 35% foundation + 35% illuminator + 30% moisturizer. The Illamasqua Hydra Veil gives it a thicker texture that is easy to blend out.
- 35% Cover FX CC Cream N-Xtra Light
- 35% Nyx Pro Foundation Mixer Opalescent
- 30% Illamasqua Hydra Veil
The DIY BB Cream is my favorite of the 3 that I made and I’ve been wearing it a ton lately! This would be great for repurposing a full coverage, thick foundation like Kat Von D’s Lock-It Foundation.
From Left to Right the Cover FX CC Cream in N-Xtra Light – my Tinted Moisturizer – my CC Cream – my BB Cream – Cover FX Liquid Foundation in N0.
Have you ever tried making your own perfect foundation? Will you be making a tinted moisturizer, cc cream or bb cream?
More to See
- The BEST Foundations for Pale Skin
- The Pale Girl’s Guide to Highlighting
- Anastasia Beverly Hills Eyeshadows
- How to Color Correct Redness with Urban Decay Mint