In my last post I gave you things to consider when looking for a foundation. This includes the shade of your skin, undertones of your skin, your skin type and the amount of coverage that you want. Since this involves a bit more information than I expected I decided to split this post into two. This is part two of the foundation matching series.
The process of finding one foundation that matches your skin tone perfectly seems tough right? Most foundations can be either a little too dark or slightly lighter than our complexion. It is not uncommon to mix different foundations to achieve your perfect shade. I had trouble finding my exact shade until I tried mixing two of my foundations: one that was a little too light for my skin tone and the other was a little darker. Mixing the two of them was the perfect idea! First I applied the lighter one then I put the darker one on top. For the first application I use the Revlon Colorstay Foundation for Normal/Dry Skin in Caramel and the second application I use the MAC Studio Tech Foundation in NC50. The Revlon Colorstay is a liquid foundation and the MAC Studio Tech is a cream. If you have two liquid foundations that you want to mix you can put a little of each on the top of your hand, mix them together and apply. I only do them separately because they are in different forms and cannot be mixed due to the packaging. The Revlon Colorstay comes in a glass bottle and the MAC Studio Tech comes in a compact. Just remember to not apply too much of the first product. This will make your application look cakey and this is only the foundation of your makeup! Find a happy balance of both products that will give you an even application.
The only thing I would recommend before mixing is making sure that you are familiar with the foundations you plan on mixing. Some foundations oxidize after application meaning that after it sets into your face it gets slightly darker or even have an orange tint. You cannot determine which products will oxidize by just looking at them. Oxidization will have to be discovered through trial and error for most cases, unfortunately. Oxidization is also different for each person since it has to do with the way the oils in your skin react to the products you are applying to your face. A key to decreasing the risk of oxidization is making sure your skin is moisturized before applying foundation. Preferably, you should apply a primer before applying foundation as well. I will talk more about the proper foundation routine in a future post so don’t worry if you these terms confuse you.
I hope this foundation matching series was helpful for you! If you still having questions after reading both posts, let me know!