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How to Mix Foundations

Monday, October 01, 2012

Ever order the wrong shade of foundation and are not sure what to do with it? This happens all the time! The solution to this tricky issue is simple- mix it up!

Say you bought a foundation that is two shades darker for your complexion and will go to waste, just order a foundation that's two shades lighter for your complexion. All you have to do is take those two products and mix them together to get the perfect color. If at first your mixture is too light, then add more of the darker foundation, and vice versa. This will not only help you get use out of something that may have gone to waste, but it also will keep that bottle of foundation lasting longer than it would have.

When dealing with Minerals, have the same idea in mind of mixing two foundations to achieve the perfect color. I always recommend our Personal Blend Foundation because it comes with four different shades of foundations that is PERFECT for mixing! Just tap some product into the cap, mix it with your brush, and apply!

If you don't feel like ordering another product, try using your 'too light' foundation as a highlighter. Use your 'too dark' foundation as a bronzer or mix it with some moisturizer to get a soft glow!

What do YOU guys do with your 'too dark' or 'too light' foundations?

Patti, contributing elfette


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Samanthakaye18 wrote:
1) 10/5/2012 9:43:02 AM
I just received my very first mineral personal blend! Excited, but scared to try it! Any tips? I've always been a cream-to-powder girl!
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poppyboo4 wrote:
2) 10/5/2012 9:43:29 AM
My skin tone varies depending on season. I have a lighter foundation for the winter and a darker one for the summer. I just use whatever matches.
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Emmyann023 wrote:
3) 10/5/2012 9:44:50 AM
I don't usually wear foundation because I feel like it's too heavy for me(I wear tinted moisturizer), but I think after this post I am going to start using it more often!!
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crosby wrote:
4) 10/5/2012 9:46:32 AM
I only use liquid foundation and I like to use dark shade as a contour and around the perimeter of my face and lighter under my eyes and on my t-zone. I may want to try mineral foundation soon.
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Melhay333 wrote:
5) 10/5/2012 9:46:32 AM
This is great to know! My skin tone changes with the seasons and I just bought some too dark foundation. Perfect timing for this post!
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rest-thosebones wrote:
6) 10/5/2012 9:48:36 AM
The last foundation I got was just a tiny bit too dark. Luckily, it wasn't to such an extreme that lots of blending out couldn't help!
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exotic beauty wrote:
7) 10/5/2012 9:51:42 AM
I already blend foundations because for some reason no one makes my shade...it works out pretty well for me.
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pattyq wrote:
8) 10/5/2012 9:53:38 AM
I always use a powder..I find liquid harder to I one by my shade.With powders I use a light hand and when I get a shade too dark I mix it with a lighter one or use it as a bronzer to contour
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HannahM. wrote:
9) 10/5/2012 9:57:06 AM
With my too dark foundation, I usually combine it with some kind of SPF 15 or SPF 20 face moisturizer. It usually brightens it up. Now, with too light foundation? I'm still working on that.. :)
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robbiemommie3 wrote:
10) 10/5/2012 10:02:03 AM
This is s great idea usually my problem is getting one tooo light. Which is one reason I have yet to try yours. Usually I just keep my receipt and try another shade. Perhaps I should try this on purpose to match better.
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Uhhuh00123 wrote:
11) 10/5/2012 10:10:35 AM
I do this with clients instead of having a million foundations and powders laying around, i only have 5 makes life much easier lol
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ShyKitten wrote:
12) 10/5/2012 10:14:34 AM
I usually use flawless finish foundation and i mix porcelain and sand to make the perfect shade.
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Sweetlee1 wrote:
13) 10/5/2012 10:50:26 AM
Sometimes I mix two shades together for the best match. I also make sure to blend it well.
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Curlistheword wrote:
14) 10/5/2012 11:00:57 AM
I tend to struggle a lot to find a matching foundation because my undertones are very strongly yellow, and I'm on the darker side of medium. When I end up with a liquid foundation which is too dark, I add some zinc oxide powder to lighten it just before applying. The ZnO is great because it adds sun protection, improves oil control, and doesn't photograph like titanium dioxide. I actually usually use the SPF 45 powder sunscreen from the studio brand as foundation now because I was able to color correct it using micas and yellow oxide powder. It's not a task for the faint of heart, and a grinder or mortal and pestle are indispensible to get any iron oxides mixed in correctly. To keep the SPF factor, it helps to make it a little too dark and later lighten it with TiO2 or ZnO. The sunblocks help with coverage as well. If I have a foundation that is too light, I usually use it around my eyes to brighten up the area. I don't bother mixing those because the undertone is wrong almost always.
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SolMoonAries wrote:
15) 10/5/2012 11:05:24 AM
I usually make the mistake of getting a lighter shade foundation so I just use a matte bronzer to warm up my face. And it always does the trick.
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littlest_mermaid wrote:
16) 10/5/2012 11:22:45 AM
I always mix dark and light foundations, and I do this with concealer, too. In the summer, it's 2 parts dark and one part light, and in the winter, 2 part light to 1 parts dark. You can mix on the back of your hand or wax paper. I always have the perfect match!
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lwinny wrote:
17) 10/5/2012 11:26:41 AM
I always buy the two tones I'm debating between and blend them on my palm depending on how pale or tan I look that day.
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pinkboot8 wrote:
18) 10/5/2012 11:43:11 AM
Sometimes when I run out of under eye concealer I mix some foundation with white face paint to lighten it. Only in a pinch though.
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Meandreaaaa wrote:
19) 10/5/2012 11:44:48 AM
Helps so much!
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LisaLu wrote:
20) 10/5/2012 11:50:01 AM
I will use bronzer is my foundation is too dark; if too dark, I will use a very light powder and hope for the best.
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aEllieg wrote:
21) 10/5/2012 11:55:47 AM
I tried mixing my foundations but the undertone ended up being the problem, they have a pink undertone and it looks odd with my yellow looking skin. What can I do?
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miz wrote:
22) 10/5/2012 11:59:03 AM
I've always had an issue finding just the right color when seasons change. Only recently did I discover tutorials on blending and contouring. Now I'll use my lighter shades to highlight my tzone and under eye area, while the darker foundations are used to contour my face. Blending them together makes for a wonderful, natural look.
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Consumerjo wrote:
23) 10/5/2012 12:13:02 PM
I can't believe I've never thought of this. I have a neutral undertone so foundations tend to be too warm or too cool for me. I think I will try mixing the two & hopefully I will get my perfect shade.
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GAfromCA wrote:
24) 10/5/2012 12:41:37 PM
I bought the Mineral Booster in Corrective Yellow to mix with the Studio SPF 45 Sunscreen UVA/UVB Protection Powder which is too dark for me.
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tinamarie8 wrote:
25) 10/5/2012 12:46:44 PM
I love to mix two shades of foundation together to created a more natural look that matches me better!
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KKPGIRL wrote:
26) 10/6/2012 12:31:12 PM
I'll just mix a foundation that is slightly too light for me and one that is slightly too dark. I also have a darker foundation for summer and a lighter one for winter.
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