Scenario: You’ve put your face on and it looks great – there are no smudges or smears and you have no lipstick on your teeth, but you feel “off” with your game face on. It could possibly be that you have a foundation mismatch.
There are many reasons this may happen, I’ll just give the low down on the most common ones that I see often when doing makeup lessons with clients. When you bought this foundation, was there artificial lighting in the shop you tried it on and where did you test it to your skin? The most important thing before buying foundation is that there is sufficent lighting to see if the foundation matches your skin colour and try it on your cheek to see if it matches the colour of your neck. Don’t try the foundation on the back of your hand, as normally during the day you will wash your hands more often than your face, which makes your skin on your hands have a completely different texture and in some extreme circumstances a slightly different colour to your face as your hands are exposed to more UV light than your face is, which can make them darker and redder.
Finally, everyone has a unique skin tone that changes now and then for reasons including sun exposure and health conditions. Makeup houses manufacture a limited number of shades of foundation and its unlikely that many of them will exactly match your skin. But you can take steps to mitigate foundation mismatches:
• When shopping take the foundation as close to a window or door as possible so that you can see it in natural light. If you are stuck in a shopping mall and don’t have access make sure you go to where the big makeup houses are, the lights over their mirrors will be your best tester.
• Clean your face of all makeup and test the foundation on your cheek and jaw line rather than your hand.
• Experiment with different brands to find a shade that suits you well.
• Try a product that lets you blend your own custom shade.
Once your foundation is set, it’s time to add color, bronze your skin, blush your cheeks, colour in your eyes and make those lashes long!
If this post still doesn’t help you, stay tuned for more makeup mistakes series.
Until then, I leave you again with some celebrities that pissed their makeup artists off, yet again.