One of the most makeup-life changing tips I can give you is what I share below about using two or more shades (colors) of foundation.
However… like much of what I teach/ show, it seems to be one of the most difficult ones for women to embrace, or be convinced of… until… the day they try it, that is! : )
Maybe because all our lives, we are taught something else. We have a stuck picture in our head, that we must find the right "shade" of foundation.
Yet, at the same time, the absolute number one question I get asked the most is “What foundation color should I wear?”
If this one-color theory worked so well, why are we having so much trouble with it?
The short answer is: "We have no business just wearing one color of foundation, unless you would like to be mismatched in one form or another - either too light and ghostly (if we match our neck color) or look like we're wearing a mismatched mask (if we match our cheek/ forehead colors)".
And I’m going to prove it to you…
- Basically, we are not just one color. If you hold your shoulder up to your face, you will see what a difference in skin color we can have in the areas of skin just a few inches apart.
- Our neck and lower portion of our face, jaw line near our ear, is normally much lighter than our body.
- The protruding parts of our face, and the upper portion of our face, catches the most sun and light and is almost always considerably darkerthan the lower portion of our face, and our neck.
Now,if you want to create makeup for stage or billboards, (that can easily take as long as 3 hours to do) this can get to be really advanced and complex. But, for every day makeup, I’ve created a super EASY method for you, that looks natural and gorgeous, takes a few seconds, and will transform your makeup.
I will have instructions on how to do that that I will link to.
But first, to give you a little more perspective, take a look at these pictures below.
These two makeups have been matched to the lighter parts of the face only. Notice how their faces look so much lighter than their body
Jennifer Love Hewitt at the 2010 premiere of 'The Twilight Saga: Eclipse'.
Now, I assure you, the color "matching" would have been ‘correct” in these instances. These are highly skilled makeup artists that are making up these celebrities.
However, they have only taken into consideration one of the colors found in the skin, and as a result it looks rather unnatural.
Whereas, in these beautiful images of J-Lo below, you can see she looks rather natural, despite the fact that she is wearing extreme coverage makeup (let me assure you!).
Notice the areas that are lighter (neck, around mouth, centre and lower half of face). While, other areas are several shades darker and match her body color (outer forehead, cheeks, a splash on her nose)
But see what a difference having different colors of foundation, strategically applied, does to the result? MUCH more natural looking. Why? Because skin naturally has a whole variation of colors.
Our faces are not a blank piece of paper. We have a moving, constantly changing, biological, bag of goodies, with veins and blood and all sorts of factors giving us all sorts of colors.
It is a very rare case indeed - usually limited to the extremely fair, or the extremely dark-skinned beauties - that have little color variation within their skin. In the 52,000 makeups I’ve done (approximately), I’ve come across a handful that were one-color jobs.
As we age, this color difference becomes greater, too.
So, try my two-color method. And let me know how you go. You can comment below, or email me firstname.lastname@example.org
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