THE BEAUTY BEATDOWN – FOUNDATION MIXING

Andie Figueroa is a self-described "makeup fiend," and OME's resident beauty expert. Each week in The Beauty Beatdown, you'll find pro tips on latest trends and products, makeup application, skin care, and much more. Confidence is beauty, and Andie is here to help!

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So, I want to revisit our convo about foundation in April.

After going through 15 foundations, I thought I had finally met my true match. I love my MAC Pro Longwear Nourishing Waterproof Foundation. It’s my “night out” foundation. It can sometimes come out a little orange on my skin, but it gets the job done.

I have also grown to love the Loreal Infallible Pro Matte foundation. The first few times I used it, I didn’t like the way it looked on my skin – and I had bought the fairest shade, not realizing it wasn’t a match. Andie-from-a-year-ago, WHAT WERE YOU THINKING?!

It’s difficult enough to find a finish that is great for both your skin and your long work day. Many times you may like the way a foundation looks, but there are not enough shades in the line to match your complexion.

I’m a “to the point” kind of person. I follow directions and use products the way I’m directed to use them. Never in a million years would I have thought to mix foundations like a fabulous scientist to get what I needed.

So now I have found my perfect every day foundations! I found mixing the L’Oréal Infallible Pro-Matte with my Revlon Colorstay, which is a few shades too dark for my skin even on my tannest day (also don’t know what I was thinking when I bought it!).  Both are 24-hour foundations, and mixing them has brought my face game to the next level. 

How do you go about mixing? You can use a makeup spatula and pan or the back of your hand to blend them together. For my face, I like to use a larger dollop of light foundation with the darker one to create a color that matches my neutral tone.

Step 1: First foundation color. I make this one on the larger side.
Step 1: First foundation color. I make this one on the larger side.
Pic 2: Step 2: Place second foundation color. This can be any size you like. Remember, the size of the dollop will change how dark or light the end product will be.
Pic 2: Step 2: Place second foundation color. This can be any size you like. Remember, the size of the dollop will change how dark or light the end product will be.
Step 3: Mix, and you are all done! Feel free to add more foundation if it is not enough or not the correct shade.
Step 3: Mix, and you are all done! Feel free to add more foundation if it is not enough or not the correct shade.

You place the two dollops (to your hand or pan) to the size of your liking and then mix with a beauty blender, your finger, the handle of a makeup brush, or a spatula. Mix for a few seconds then…BAM! You are ready to apply to your face. It is so simple.

This is also a great way to make use of foundations you tried once that are now stockpiling in your room. It may seem like a lot of work, but once you get a good rhythm going, it won’t take up too much time. I do this every morning with a beauty blender, and it’s the truest my foundation has ever been.

Are you already a mixing pro? Please comment below with your favorite makeup concoctions! Thank you for reading!

Have a product in mind you would like tested or talked about in this column? Please leave a comment below or email me at thebeautybeatdown@gmail.com.

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