Abandon The Bottle: Foundation Blending for Women of Color

April 17, 2011 by Autumn Kelley  
Published in Women

Selecting the perfect foundation tone for a woman of color requires an individual approach. A plan for blending and the right brand choice can create the perfect foundation option for women of color.

Abandon the Bottle: Foundation Blending for Women of Color

             Selecting the perfect foundation tone for a woman of color requires an individual approach. Often the bottle colors available do not skin match women of color. The best choice for success is to customize your own hue.

           There are make up brands in every price range to blend- match the graceful color of your personal skin tone.  Use the following technique to choose your perfect foundation blend.

Choosing a Blend

      To blend your foundation to a tone that is perfect for you:

1) Find the foundation that is closest to your tone, but not a perfect match for your skin. 

2) Select the foundation that is one shade lighter and one shade darker then this color.

3) In a separate area blend two parts of the lighter tone to 1 part of the darker tone.  In another area blend two parts of the darker tone to 1 part of the lighter tone. 

4) Apply a swipe of one blend combination to the top of the right cheekbone and a swipe of the second blend to the top of the left cheekbone. 

5) Look in the mirror and choose which blend (the lighter tone blend or the darker tone blend) that is the best match for your skin tone. 

       Blended foundation color provides the opportunity to custom match your skin tone.  Light and dark colors can be used to create an amazing pigment that mirrors the beauty of your skin.

Foundation Brands for Women of Color 

      Cover Girl, Mac, and Make Up Forever have a broad range of foundation tones that are well suited to women of color.  While shopping seek assistance from the sales personal to secure samples before you purchase.

    Review your blended foundation choice in several types of light.  Taking camera phone pictures to compare brands is a good way to compare choices.  Remember to focus on what brand looks best on your personal skin tone.

Cover Girl

      Cover Girl’s recent work with renowned make up expert for women of color, Sam Fine and their ad campaign with Queen Latifah, has diversified the appeal of their line.  Cover Girl is a cost effective drugstore option for a broad range of skin tones.  A full color range of foundations, concealers, and powers abound in their collection.  Cover Girl is a cost conscious option for women of all skin tones.

Mac

          A shopping mall favorite, the Mac store offers the advantage of in store sampling and Q and A support from beauty professionals.  The vibrant, light enhanced tones of mac colors make it a cult favorite for women of every skin tone.  Mac foundation delicately balances the demands of a full coverage foundation with the sheer radiance of color.  Mac is a wonderful full match or blended choice for women of color.

Make Up Forever

            Make Up Forever foundation hues are excellent for blending. When color blended, Make Up Forever provides dynamic coverage for any skin type.

             A professional favorite, Make Up Forever has a wide appeal.  It is an excellent choice for those who want a foundation that combines full coverage with tone highlights.  Make Up Forever supports heavier blush and eye shadow application.

Foundation blending is the perfect choice for women who have difficulty matching the exact beauty of their skin tone to available colors.  A plan for blending and the right brand choice can create the perfect foundation option for women of color. 

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