Skincare in Makeup: Is It Worth It?


Sarah Patel, Staff Writer

Who says skincare and makeup have to be separate? 

In recent years, consumers have seen the skincare and makeup industries fuse, as makeup products with skincare benefits trend on TikTok and fill shelves at Ulta and Sephora. 

Foundations are now formulated with SPF, concealers with nourishing oils, and glosses with hyaluronic acid. Consumers can achieve a natural makeup look, while simultaneously treating skin concerns such as dryness, dullness, hyperpigmentation, and more. 

After dabbling with skincare-infused makeup for the past year, I’ve found some favorites. 


Glossier Haloscope Stick: $22

This popular highlighter includes an oil-based inner core and an outer ring, or “halo,” of crystal extracts for a natural sheen that radiates from the inside out. 

Star ingredients:

– Sweet almond oil: with Vitamin E and Omega-3 Fatty acids, sweet almond oil deeply nourishes the skin and protects it against premature aging and sun damage. 

– Castor seed oil: this powerful oil reduces inflammation and has antimicrobial properties, ideal for acne-prone skin types.

IT Cosmetics “Your Skin But Better” CC+ Cream with SPF 50+: $39.50

Infused with a powerhouse of SPF, vitamins, and peptides, this lightweight foundation lives up to its name. It uniforms skin complexion and blurs imperfections without caking —– perfect for anyone seeking a “no-makeup’’ makeup look.  

Star ingredients:

– Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide: these naturally-occurring minerals form a barrier on the surface of the skin, blocking UV rays that can contribute to hyperpigmentation and skin cancer. 

– Niacin: also known as Vitamin B-3, niacin protects the skin from sun damage and increases the production of fibroblasts, special cells in the body that secrete collagen and blur fine lines and wrinkles. 

Benefit Cosmetics Boi-ing Hydrating Concealer: $22

This easy-to-use, sheer-coverage concealer covers dark circles, fine lines, and blemishes, and, at the same time, moisturizes and softens the skin. 

Star ingredients:

– Vitamin E: this healing antioxidant promotes skin repair and acts as an anti-inflammatory. 

– Apple seed extract: this oil contains fatty acids, which keep the skin supple, as well as compounds that support collagen production. 

Glossier Stretch Concealer: $18

This buildable pot concealer blends seamlessly into the skin without caking.

Star ingredients:

– Beeswax: this natural moisturizer encourages skin healing and makes the concealer “elastic.” Instead of caking on top of the skin, beeswax helps the concealer move with one’s facial expressions.

– Avocado oil: this oil derived from the popular toast topping nourishes the skin and promotes healing. 


Maybelline New York Lip Lifter Gloss with Hyaluronic Acid: $7

Unlike many of the lip glosses on the market, Maybelline’s Lifter Gloss provides luster and hydration that lasts all day

Star ingredient: 

– Hyaluronic acid: this powerful humectant retains up to one thousand times its weight in water, delivering hydration and preventing water loss in the skin. 


Though the market for skincare-infused makeup continues to grow, it’s essential to recognize that these products alone won’t cure your skin concerns, such as hormonal acne, which can be a result of genetics, hormone fluctuations, and stress. It’s always best to consult with your dermatologist about your skincare regimen or any issues you have.