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.