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Do makeup products come with actual skincare benefits? We found the best hybrids

Meticulously examining what exactly goes into our skincare products to avoid bad reactions is a practice many follow, but let’s agree we are also quick to shop for a foundation or concealer without reading the ingredient list. This is primarily because we don’t expect our makeup products to provide skincare benefits. But what if they did? Today, makeup products are moving from thick pigment-filled formulas to those with ingredients that are good for your skin. While these ingredients won’t alone count as skincare, they certainly provide an added boost of nourishment.

Here’s our edit of the best makeup and skincare hybrids we can vouch for.

You know a makeup product is the real deal when it’s formulated with the expertise of dermatologists and plastic surgeons together. This best-selling full-coverage CC cream by It Cosmetics comes with the benefits of a primer, anti-ageing serum, moisturiser, and colour corrector all rolled into one for a single-step base makeup routine. The collagen, peptides, niacinamide, hyaluronic acid, and other antioxidants and vitamins give it its skin-loving properties.

Your under-eye concealer should most certainly come with skincare benefits—the skin around your eyes is the most delicate area part of your face. Apart from masking dark circles, redness, and discolouration around the eyes, this concealer is also infused with green tea and rose extract to soothe, protect, and calm the skin. Plus, the metal applicator tip helps tackle any under-eye puffiness.

While a primer is meant to mattify your skin, wouldn’t it be nicer if it also hydrated your face? This coconut water-infused primer delivers moisturising nutrients to your skin while prepping it for makeup that will stay put without feeling clogged.

This gel-based balm works for your lips and your cheeks by providing them with a healthy coloured sheen, without the stickiness of a gloss. It comes infused with hydrating plant oils derived from rapeseed, sunflower, cottonseed, and soybean along with the antioxidant Vitamin E that provides added skin care. Plus, each balm comes with its own chic black matte tin case and a sharpener. It is ideal for acne prone skin as well as sensitive skin.

This base makeup product by Tarte personifies the essence of a makeup-skincare hybrid. The buildable foundation doesn’t cake or oxidise, hydrates the skin for a fresh, plump look, is free of all beauty nasties, contains essential fatty acids and antioxidants, comes in 30 shades, and is a dream to apply. It’s a win x 100.

While Chanel’s Sublimage line of products is known for its anti-ageing properties, this cream-based foundation allows it to venture into the makeup space. This potent blend of makeup and skin care provides light to medium coverage and is made of ingredients like diamond powder with mica to provide radiance; Intense Vanilla Planifolia water to strengthen skin; and glycerin, biosaccharide and phytosqualane for hydration and a comfortable feel that lasts for 12 hours.

A glow-boosting primer by nature, this super hydrating balm contains lychee extract and light-reflecting pearls that provide skin with the radiant hydration it craves. Use it under makeup for uneven skin tone or simply apply this and follow up with concealer for the days you don’t feel like applying too much on your skin.

This sun protection-providing primer is probably one of the best medicated in the market right now. It evens out your skin texture for a velvety finish with silicones and soy protein, and comes with minerals to lend a beautiful glow. The peptides and white tea in it firm skin and prevent collagen damage—perfect for mature skin.

Hyaluronic acid is the prime skin care ingredient that has the power to plump skin by filling in fine lines and wrinkles, and also tighten the appearance of sagging—all this, this foundation manages to do with ease. The glow-boosting formula also comes with SPF 15 for added sun protection and provides skin with a lightweight formula that can be built up to provide full coverage and give you an even skin tone .

Like wearing foundation but not a fan of the thick texture it usually has? We hear you. This Shiseido formula has a serum-like texture that ensures your skin remains hydrated all day—thanks to the skin loving ingredients like argan oil, cranberry seed oil, and yuzu seed extract—without the sticky look and feel. Their Advanced Sensing Technology and Super Bio-Moisture Network looks after dryness that can occur through the day and the formula comes with broad spectrum SPF 20.

Powered by the essence of pink and gold Japanese pearl powder, this product leaves a soft, shimmery finish to your skin. It refines your features and enhances your texture to make you party-ready any time of the day. Adapted from the opaque makeup worn by geishas, this silk powder is long-lasting and serves as a protective layer.

Bathe your skin in a warm undertone with OFRA’s silk peptide foundation. This works best if you’re going for a nude look. The mix of skin-loving components and natural ingredients with silk peptides shields your face from pollutants and prevents any kind of irritation or redness. It retains your makeup with full-coverage matte finish which is cruelty free!

Want plump, fuller-looking lips? Well, then try this hyaluronic glossy lipstick and add a dewy texture along with colour to your lips. It keeps your lips hydrated throughout the day and nourishes them to give a happy shine. No more dull, flaky lips with Charlotte Tilbury Hyaluronic Happikiss!

A watery solution to rejuvenate your skin and give an after-touch to your makeup look. It comes with a weightless powder which accentuates your makeup and delivers full coverage. The best thing about this product is that it fights early signs of ageing like clogged pores, wrinkles, fine lines, crows feet, etc.

This magic product gives you a matte finish while hydrating your skin from the core. The hyaluronic acid in this formula helps combat signs of premature ageing and keeps your skin smooth and plump all day long. Who would say  no to firm, velvety skin?

This revitalising, oil-free primer from Benefit Cosmetics is known for its pore-minimising power. If you’re worried about your wrinkly skin, it’s time you take a chill pill! Blend this primer across your features and watch your fine lines disappear. Don’t believe us? Well, why not try it once?

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between skin care and makeup?

Makeup is a temporary cover for the blemishes in your skin or just a choice to look good. But skin care is essential for the overall health of your skin. A healthy skin care morning routine with hydrating ingredients helps address your skin issues and keeps them in check. 

What are the benefits of skincare products?

Skincare products come with a lot of benefits, depending on your skin problems. From refining your skin’s texture to removing dark spots, skincare routine and quality products have a lot to offer. It’s not enough to just cleanse and moisturise your skin. It also requires extra treatment for the various concerns of your skin to enjoy skin care benefits like anti ageing benefits.

Why is skin care important for makeup?

To achieve long-lasting coverage of makeup, your skin needs to be adequately hydrated. No doubt makeup can conceal our blemishes and uplift the features. But, with proper skincare, your skin’s quality is enhanced which helps your makeup to blend easily and bring out your natural glow.

What are the disadvantages of cosmetics?

Chemical substances in skincare products can have negative impacts on your skin. Some cosmetic products can cause reactions to sensitive skin and activate allergens causing discomfort. Long-term use of such products can be massively harmful for your health, leading to cancer or such fatal diseases. 

Is it bad to wear makeup every day? 

Applying makeup every day isn’t a problem if you wipe it off before going to bed. Cleansing and moisturising is a must after removing makeup. On the other hand, leaving makeup on for long hours can cause harmful reactions to your skin and turn it dull. Overuse of makeup can clog your pores, making your skin prone to acne, blackheads, pimples,  crows feet, and such other skin concerns.

Anjan Sachar

While Anjan’s week is made up of writing and talking about everything from glycolic acid to the best new red lipstick, the weekends are spent testing them all, with Gossip Girl reruns on the side. When she isn’t reviewing a new face mask, you’ll find her sipping on mimosas with a side of truffle fries. Her daily essentials: Iced latte with a side of J Balvin and Prateek Kuhad.