If you find it hard to find makeup foundation that matches your skin or achieves the results that you want, it may be time to start making your own customized blend. The process is easy and will let you achieve all of your goals.
Before starting to customize your own foundation; however, there are a few items you will need:
An empty bottle or jar for the new foundation,
A small craft spatula,
A paper plate,
The foundations you want to combine and
Any blush, bronze or powder ingredients you want to add.
Begin by deciding what you want to achieve by customizing your foundation. It can be to find the perfect color; to accent the beauty of your skin; to hide skin imperfections or flaws or anything else that you desire.
Next, determine which foundation colors you want to blend together. I recommend using two different colors. Anything beyond three colors can get complicated and more difficult to replicate.
While you can go as light or as dark as you want with your foundation, make sure to stay within the same family. In other words, blend warm based or cool bases together. Do not try mixing warm and cool tones together.
Determine the type of foundation you want to blend. While I find that blending mineral or powder foundations is easier, you can also customize liquid and cream foundations.
Stick or pancake foundations, on the other hand, are very difficult to adjust. If you use that type of makeup, you will have to customize the color as you apply it rather than beforehand.
Decide if you want to add anything else into your foundation. In the summer I like to add a little touch of bronzer to make my skin look radiantly healthy. In the winter, I sometimes mix in a very pale peach or pink blush to give my skin a more youthful glow.
Begin by laying all of your above noted supplies out on a flat surface. Remove all tops or stoppers.
Wash and dry your face. You will need a clean palette upon which to try the makeup so it is important there be no skin products of any kind in place.
Start mixing the foundations first. On a paper plate pour a small amount of the base foundation color into which the other foundation will be blended.
Starting adding a small amount of the second foundation into the first. Blend it thoroughly with a small craft spatula. Continue until both colors are completely mixed together.
Using a makeup sponge, dab a small amount of the blended foundation onto your face. Let it dry and then check to see if you have achieved the desired color.
If the color is what you want, then you can begin blending the two foundations together into the empty bottle or jar purchased. Be sure to blend small amounts of the second foundation into the first and check it against the sample until you replicate the exact color. Double-check your mixture on another area of your face.
If the color still isn’t what you desire, keep blending the two foundations until you do achieve the desired results. Then continue mixing your entire foundation in the empty jar or bottle.
If you wish to add bronzer or blush into the mix, use the same procedure outlined above. This time; however, use your newly mixed foundation as the base color.
Mix a tiny amount of the bronzer or blush into your new foundation color. Check it against your face to see if you need more or less. Keep mixing until the desired results are achieved.
Be careful not to cross contaminate your makeup. Wash your craft spatula each time you use another foundation, blush or bronzer.
Never blend old foundation into new foundation. Begin with products that are fresh.
Once you have achieved your desired results, write down the formula used so that you can repeat it again in the future. Be sure to make note of the names of each product used so there will be no second-guessing.
Seal up each product as before and date each bottle or jar. This is important since makeup foundations should be replaced a minimum of every six months. Throw away anything that is remaining beyond that date.
Store in a light free location, at room temperature. Never leave the makeup open or exposed to sources of air, heat or moisture.
You can blend other things into your foundation too, such as glitter. You can also blend your foundation into your moisturizer to make a customized tinted product. In either case, use the same procedure outlined above and have fun with it.
Let your beauty shine!