The struggles of shade switching your foundation

I use to be one of those girls who would whine about being fair skinned. I would get frustrated when a foundation’s ‘lightest shade’ didn’t even come close to matching me. I would yap on about how difficult it is to find a good shade to contour with or how eye shadow looked to heavy.


Basically I’d whinge and whine till the cows came home.


Let me be first to tell you it is no picnic when you’re down the rabbit hole. Basically I realized just how easy I tan when I went to the beach a few times last summer and easily became a shade darker with each trip to the beach. Mind you I wasn’t laying on the sun for hours, I didn’t cover myself with tanning oil. I just minded my business swam and hung out on the beach and boom I got super tanner.


Now I am ironically whinging and whining with how easy it use to be when I was much more faire skin.


Problem number 1 – none of my foundations matched me! And I am a major foundation junkie so I couldn’t simply replace all my foundations in a new shade because that costs a lot of $$$ and it would be wasteful not to use the fair shades.


Problem no. 2 I couldn’t be bothered to mix and match shades plus I didn’t have any shades that matched me or darker shades to mix into the paler ones. At first bronzing up my face helped but then the foundations grew so pale even that didn’t save me.


When I did pick up the makeup revolution ‘the one’ fluid foundation in a dark shade to simply add to my coexisting foundations. While the shade did match me the formula and coverage of the foundation did change. And I largely base my foundation choice for the day on the formula and coverage. After a while you start to miss applying foundation straight from the bottle.


Eventually I finally gave in and bought a bunch of foundations. I still didn’t just want to go out and repurchase every foundation I own. I took the opportunity to try new foundations just in a shade that matched me and I only repurchased my absolutely favorites. So now I have the option of applying my foundation from the bottle and occasionally I mix to either lighten or darken the foundation but it isn’t as time consuming as before.


Here are a few tips if you are facing the issue of your foundations becoming too pale for you or if your tan has faded and your foundation is now too dark.


1.      It’s okay to repurchase foundations, narrow it down to your absolute favorites


2.      Concealer is also going to start being way to pale for you. I either apply both under eye concealer and spot concealer underneath my foundation or I use my foundation as a concealer.


3.      Slightly upping the shade of your face powder will help, don’t go too crazy but using a powder with some coverage one shade upwards will help mask pale foundations.


4.      Mixing and matching foundations isn’t a completely tragedy I even do this when I want to alter the foundation’s formula a bit. There is going to be a whole post about this so stay tuned.


5.      Bronzing up your face with a sun kissed bronzer does help.


I am still learning tips to help with matching my foundation well now that I have gotten tanner. The problem does remain that now we are almost heading into winter the foundations I purchased that currently match me will be soon getting too dark. So I have that little pickle to look forward to.


That wraps up this post. I hoped this helps with any of you struggling with keeping up with shade matching your foundations. It’s pretty ironic how I went from complaining about being fair skinned, to complaining about being tanned. I think I just like to complain a lot *cue self-reflection*.


Any who, I hope you all have an awesome day and I’ll see you peeps in the next post.

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  1. Fa nny

    July 10, 2016 at 10:38 am

    Great post and great tips! I very rarely tan, I have to spend at least two weeks at the beach to start tanning so I only use the bronzers technique but, as somebody who always loves to find the perfect match, this post makes me very happy! Have you tried the darkening drops from Body Shop? I love my lightening ones and I find that, with most of foundations, it doesn't change the foundation's finish on the skin!

  2. The Makeup Aficionado

    July 10, 2016 at 11:28 am

    thank you very much. At first I was very intrigued with those body shops lightening/darkening drops. But after reading many review I felt like many were saying you can only increase/decrease by 1 shade before it becomes wearable. And I needed much more than that.

  3. charlotte carter

    July 10, 2016 at 1:12 pm

    Great post lovely. Im always switiching shades on foundations! a life of a charlotte x

  4. Rosy Flynn

    July 10, 2016 at 2:32 pm

    I loved this post, I always have my favourite foundations in rotation with the summer and winter shades, I'm also really pale but I tan very easily

    Rosy | Sparkles of Light Blog

  5. Amythepug

    July 10, 2016 at 8:18 pm

    Great post! Thanks for the tips, I will remember to use them when I get a slight tan from the Sun! X


  6. The Makeup Aficionado

    July 10, 2016 at 8:57 pm

    Thank you so much. Yeah I never knew how easily I tan, it may be winter here in Australia but i'm still overall tanner than before I began going to the beach more during the summer. So this coming summer I got to have more of a plan.

  7. The Makeup Aficionado

    July 10, 2016 at 8:58 pm

    Thank you so much, I'm glad you liked it. x

  8. Rebecca Barker

    July 11, 2016 at 8:11 am

    I usually alternate between pale and very pale 🙂 I've just learned to accept it!
    Becca | theBeautyInbox

  9. The Makeup Aficionado

    July 11, 2016 at 11:13 am

    It was easier shade wise when I was pale. When buying a foundation i'd always go to the lightest shade they made.

  10. Iqra

    July 11, 2016 at 4:13 pm

    The slightly darker powder is such a great tip! I'm kinda different in that my face is a lot paler than my body so I normally up the shades anyway, I have quite a large range of shades haha, but yeah like you I don't love mixing different shades cause the formula most definitely changes!

    Iqra | The Blushing Giraffe x

  11. Shireen L. Platt

    July 11, 2016 at 4:19 pm

    I am like you as in a tan very easily but the good news for me at least, is I am in between shades. Anything with the word 'Beige' in it, I pretty much can fit in with the addition of bronzers. Have you tried The Body Shop drops? I know there's a lightening one but I think there's also another that helps to darken the foundation without altering the texture and formula. Maybe give that a go?

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

  12. Carly Susanne

    July 11, 2016 at 7:21 pm

    Ha ha I totally feel ya! I'm really pale, and of course in the summer my skin changes colour (I wouldn't go as far as saying I go really brown though!) and then suddenly all my foundations and concealers are way too pale. Nightmare! xx

    ♥ Carly Susanne ~ A Beauty & Lifestyle Blog

  13. Linda Libra Loca

    July 11, 2016 at 8:34 pm

    I try to avoid tanning as much as I can, but if I do, I use the The Body Shop Lightening Drops, it is very easy to mix them in.

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

  14. The Makeup Aficionado

    July 11, 2016 at 8:57 pm

    Me too! I mean I don't know anyone who would deliberately stick their face in the sun to get tanned. I mean sometimes it is a good thing to mix foundations but certain foundations have an amazing formula I don't want to mess with and secondly it's time consuming.

  15. The Makeup Aficionado

    July 11, 2016 at 8:59 pm

    It's not as fun as I thought it would be, I wasn't even laying down in the sun or anything ahaha. I've heard about those body shop drops but I read reviews saying you can only adjust the foundation by 1 shade before it becomes unwearable.

  16. The Makeup Aficionado

    July 11, 2016 at 9:01 pm

    It really stinks because you can't keep up. Haha now the foundations I picked up when I was more tanned are kinda too dark but original foundations are still too pale and I know come this summer i'll probably get super dark that all of my foundations will become to pale.

  17. The Makeup Aficionado

    July 11, 2016 at 9:02 pm

    I've heard those drops can only adjust the foundation by a shade.

  18. KateEmma

    July 12, 2016 at 6:28 am

    Ii have a range of foundation shades for myself, as I like to self tan a lot but when i cant be bothered i'm lily white! It was expensive at first but worth it x

  19. Laura Gale

    July 12, 2016 at 10:34 am

    I wish I had this problem, but unfortunately the only shades I do are porcelain or tomato red! I just don't seem to tan. I guess the silver lining is that I never have to worry about my makeup. I do find it difficult finding the perfect shade for my skin, as its pale but has yellow undertones. However, I just blend down my neck til the cows come home!

    Laura | Lala London: Beauty & Lifestyle

  20. alittlekiran

    July 12, 2016 at 10:35 am

    Cover FX and Body Shop both do darkening and lightening foundation drops. I also have Maybelline Dream Bronze (review coming soon) and that would be perfect to warm up the complexion for the summer months xxx

    ALittleKiran | Bloglovin

  21. Quinn Vaccarino

    July 12, 2016 at 10:50 am

    YES, there are so many challenges when you switch. Loving these tips though – I need to remember them when I switch foundations again soon!


  22. The Makeup Aficionado

    July 12, 2016 at 10:50 am

    Fair enough, I am lazy I cant imagine having the energy to maintain tanning, you're bad ass for doing it.

  23. The Makeup Aficionado

    July 12, 2016 at 10:51 am

    Exactly, shade wise life was much easier before I got tanned haha.

  24. The Makeup Aficionado

    July 12, 2016 at 10:52 am

    The cover fx one's definitely appeal to me more. x

  25. The Makeup Aficionado

    July 12, 2016 at 10:53 am

    It's definitely a pain in the butt. haha

  26. Chelsea Henriquez

    July 12, 2016 at 6:06 pm

    Totally feel you. Summer and winter shades are a pain to switch from, especially those in between stages!


  27. The Makeup Aficionado

    July 12, 2016 at 9:43 pm

    I know the in between stages are the worst.

  28. Beautilicious D

    July 13, 2016 at 9:50 am

    Great tips, thanks for sharing and I totally understand the struggle =-=''.

  29. Jacquard Flower

    July 13, 2016 at 10:33 am

    Great tips, I always struggle with buying foundation. Gemma x

  30. R Pillay

    July 13, 2016 at 12:00 pm

    I laughed a little when I read your post because it made me think back to all the times I used to stand at the makeup counter starring at two foundation bottles trying to figure out if they match. I used to google foundation converters to try and figure out my shade especially for online shopping. Thanks for your tips, you really made my life a lot easier.
    x Rivania | The Glam Unicorn

  31. R Pillay

    July 13, 2016 at 12:01 pm

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