You've got to hand it to the beauty TikTokers - they truly have a knack for taking every part of your average beauty routine, throwing it into the air, and building it back up again from the ground.
Without TikTok, how else would he have learned to tint our eyebrows with fake tan, or create sunkissed faux freckles, to curl our hair with nothing but a dressing gown cord, to *properly* use dry shampoo, and even to repurpose gum wrappers for manicures?
In short, the hack involves mixing your full-coverage foundation with moisturiser on the back of your hand before applying it, and for extra sheerness, applying it to the face with clean fingertips.
It's a winner for a few reasons. Firstly, this means you can build coverage in the areas you need it - giving your face a sheer wash of colour, and then changing the ratios of foundation:moisturiser in the areas that could use a little extra pigment.
It's also especially handy for those who use fake tan and find their foundation no longer matches their face - the sheerer your base make-up, the greater a shade-range it can cover.
Secondly, it's a perfect situation to add glow drops or other liquid highlighters to your base makeup to create a summer glow - the moisturiser will help to dilute the pigment and give a super natural effect.
Thirdly, this is a lifesaver for eking out the last dregs of a beloved base product you're waiting until pay-day to replace.
Watch beauty TikToker @jayiziahbeauty in action below.
Jayiziahbeauty recommends a moisturiser with SPF, but bear in mind that most derms will advise that you steer clear of adulterating your SPF with other products. So, layering-wise, apply serums and a light moisturiser, followed by your SPF (leaving time for it to sink in), followed by your cocktail of moisturiser and foundation.
Go for a moisturiser without silicone to avoid pilling while you blend / apply. My favourite for blending is this oil-free hero:
Cetaphil Dermacontrol Oil Free Facial Moisturizing Lotion SPF 30
And for a foundation that works brilliantly in its full-coverage glory and mixed into moisturiser, try this:
Urban Decay Stay Naked Foundation
The consistency is light enough to mix perfectly with most foundations, and the added skincare benefits keep my face hydrated and blemish-free, too.
If you're new to the light-coverage game and want to try something pre-made before becoming a fully-fledged formulations expert, the below recommendations are a good place to start.
10 BB creams guaranteed to save your bad skin days
1. Bareminerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Moisturiser SPF30
Best BB Cream for glowy skin:
A true does-all product that delivers on all of its promises, there's a reason this has remained in our makeup bag for months on end. The hybrid gel-cream texture is lightweight enough to leave your skin looking luminous, whilst still providing just enough coverage.
2. Coola Mineral Face SPF 30 Rōsilliance BB+ Cream
Best BB Cream for summer:
Protect and perfect your base with one bottle, this savvy dual formula has mineral broad spectrum SPF30, without the sticky suncream feel. Super lightweight but with just enough coverage, it leaves a barely there, healthy sheen. Plus, it's packed full of rose stem cells, which help to nourish and rejuvenate dry, ageing complexions.
3. MAC Prep & Prime Beauty Balm SPF 35
Best BB cream for tired skin:
The pearlised pigments in MAC's BB cream will inject some much needed glow into sleepy-looking skin. Not only that, but the balm texture helps blur imperfections, while the matte finish makes it perfect for anyone who needs an extra hand with oil control.
4. Garnier BB Cream Miracle Skin Perfector
Best drugstore (affordable) BB cream:
An oldie-but-a-goodie, Garnier's original BB Cream was one of the first to hit the UK market and to this day, it's still one of the very best. The lightweight cream formula sinks into the skin with the ease of a moisturiser, leaving a subtle tint behind. The coverage is barely-there, but it gives a warm, soft-focus finish that will hide a tired skin day, instantly.
5. L.A. Girl Pro BB Cream
Best BB cream for perfect coverage:
LA Girl have 8 shades of BB Cream to choose from and each one offers skin-blurring coverage, and long-lasting oil control. You'll only need a teeny-tiny bit as the formula is super-blendable and brightening - one tube will last for months and months.
6. Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream
Best BB cream for dry skin:
Not only does Smashbox's Camera Ready BB Cream promise to improve skin moisture in 4 weeks, it also evens out skin tone, controls oil without leaving a chalky finish and protects against UVA and UVB rays with an SPF of 35.
7. Clinique Anti-Blemish Solutions BB Cream
Best BB cream for sensitive skin:
Clinique's Anti-Blemish BB Solutions Cream is a lightweight, oil-free formula that will last for up to 12-hours on combination to oily skin types. It's buildable coverage, mattifying finish and UVA/UVB protection makes it perfect for skin that needs a little extra help.
8. L'Occitane Precious BB Cream
Best BB Cream for ageing skin:
If you've ever tried one of L'Occitane's skincare products, then you'll know just how glowy and beautiful they leave the face. This BB cream is no exception. Combining all the power of their infamous precious creme moisturiser, with brightening pigments and a hint of coverage, it instantly evens skin tone whilst delivering long-lasting hydration. With protection against UVA and UVB, plus a the melt-into-the-skin texture, you'll be reaching for this one every day - guaranteed.
9. Bobbi Brown BB Cream SPF35
Best BB cream for combination skin:
There are 10 different shades to choose from, including those with pink, yellow and gold undertones and ranging from extra-light to deep. The formula has a light-to-medium coverage and SPF 35 for daily protection against sun damage. Bobbi Brown's BB cream gives a satin-like finish that perfects oily skin whilst hydrating any dry patches.
10. Vichy Ideal Soleil Face BB Tinted Velvety Cream SPF50
Best BB cream for sun protection:
If you're heading off somewhere hot this Summer, make sure Vichy's BB cream comes with along with ya. Packed with super-high UVA/UVB protection, this tinted cream evens out skin and gives a subtle hit of coverage, perfect if you don't fancy going to the beach 100% bare-faced.