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When mixing foundations… (Dos and don’ts)

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Not everyone remains of the same skin throughout the year. Sometimes you’re pale, sometimes you’re tanned, sometimes you’re dry, sometimes combination, and so on and so forth. It happens to all of us. To master this kind of situation, we mix different foundations; darker with lighter ones to get the exact shade, sheer coverage with full coverage to get the desired consistency, etc.

It’s always great to mix two different shades of the same foundation to get the desired result, and to get the desired consistency one can mix two different installments of the same line of a certain brand, for example mixing L’oreal True Match Lumi and the original L’oreal True Match to get the wanted result.

However, we don’t always have all the shades from a certain line, and we like to experiment with different brands’ foundations. So, for example, we have a dark shade in a certain foundation by a certain brand, and we don’t have a lighter one in the same line. But we do have a lighter shade in another brand’s foundation line. So, what we like to do is to mix them to get the desired shade. But sometimes it flakes off, looks patchy and sometimes it gives a very dry cake-y-ish look. To avoid that I have a “foundation cocktail dos and don’ts” for you.

  1. DON’T:

    Never mix water based foundation with oil based, oil based foundation with silicon based, or silicon based foundation with water based.

    Always check the ingredients before mixing the foundations. If the first word in the ingredients’ list is water, then it’s water based and eligible to be mixed in other water based foundations. If there are certain oils at the start of the ingredient list, then it’s oil based, and if the first words are of chemicals, then the foundation is silicon based and should be mixed with silicon based foundations only.
    This will make sure you have an even base and beautiful skin.

  2. DON’T:

    Always check the undertones. Never mix foundations with cool undertone with foundations with warm undertone.

    In my opinion, all that it does is give your skin an ashy look. If you need a neutral shade and one is too yellow and the other is two pink, then buy a neutral shade. You won’t like the result of mixing those two as far as I have experienced.

  3. DO:

    When buying a foundation, get two. Always buy one shade lighter and a shade darker than your skin tone.

    By doing so, you can mix and match your foundations to your exact skin tone throughout the year. That way you won’t have to worry about the the bases and the undertones. So, get two shades in your favorite liquid foundations.

That’s about it as far as my knowledge allows! I hope this was of some help! If you have any questions, make sure to leave them down below.

Till next time!
Munazza Bangash


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13 thoughts on “When mixing foundations… (Dos and don’ts)

  1. This is one amazing post. One more thing is that I have seen beauticians mixing stick foundations with liquid ones which is a big no! Even if they both are oil based or water or silicone, different mediums of foundations mixed together give off a very unnatural look.
    Thanks for sharing ❤

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