Friday, February 3, 2012
Beauty Experiment: Custom Mixing Foundations
Foundation is definitely the one makeup item that I cannot live without. I just love trying new formulas and of the ones I have, I switch it up and rotate often. Lately, I have begun experimenting with custom mixing my foundations to help achieve the perfect color and finish. I have found this is actually quite fun to see how different combinations work! Mixing foundations can help to not only create the perfect undertone and shade for your skin, but also to create the right level of coverage or most natural finish. Mixing can also help lengthen the wear time of a particular formula. Experimenting is fun and the combinations are plentiful!
I love my Chantecaille Future Skin Foundation, and it has quickly become one of my favorites. In the summer I am the color Hazel, a cool undertone, and in the winter I am Wheat, labeled a neutral undertone but actually appears fairly yellow based. Mixed together, I can get a more neutral tone .
I often mix my Chanel Vita Lumiere Aqua in B50, which is a touch too light for me, with my Koh Gen Do Moisture Foundation or the Dolce and Gabbana Perfect Finish Creamy Foundation which are a touch too dark this time of year. An added bonus is that the Chanel Vita Lumiere Aqua is very light in weight and finish, but slightly drying and this complements the hydration provided in the Koh Gen Do and the fuller coverage of the Dolce and Gabbana.
Coverage and Finish:
Le Metier de Beaute Peau Vierge is a must have for any foundation addict. I have mixed this with nearly all of my foundations to add radiance to my complexion, or to give a heavier coverage foundation a lighter finish. Chanel Perfection Lumiere is the perfect choice for days when I want good coverage that lasts all day, but it can be a bit powdery. When I mix it with Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk foundation I can add that dewy glow while maintaining the coverage.
Do you custom mix your foundations? What are some of your favorite foundation combinations?