NOTE: This is a scheduled post.
I really feel uncomfortable saying that I'm doing a tutorial because I'm not a professional makeup artist. By no means am I saying that the techniques that I use are the proper way to do things when in fact, they may actually be BIG no no in the beauty industry. These are just techniques that work for me and I don't mind sharing with you in case you might find it helpful too. With that being said, I will instead use the phrase "Kat's Way" because it is truly representative of that type of post.
So onto today's post...
How many of you have difficulty finding a "perfect" match for your foundations? *Raises hand* I do! I often fall in between two colors. I either live with being a little too light or a little too dark or, as is usually the case, I buy both colors and mix it to create the perfect color. Sometimes it's a highly precise mixture--for example 9 parts of this to 7 parts of the other--it is almost never equal parts. Tired of mixing and creating the precise formulation mixture, I hit upon this idea. Perhaps it's not anything new but I've never really read about anyone doing this. Instead of mixing the colors, I will apply both colors directly to my face.
Here's a sketch of how I apply the foundations:
Hehe, doesn't it look like a really bad picture of a ski-masked robber? (I found the "blank" face picture online.) The shaded areas are where I apply the darker foundation. I usually apply the lighter foundation over my entire face. The order in which I apply the foundations depends on how dark the darker foundation is. If it is much darker than I prefer, then I apply the darker foundation first and then I apply the lighter foundation, concentrating it in the non-shaded areas on the picture and then making sure to stipple it all over the darker foundation to tone down the darkness. If the darker foundation is just a tad too dark for my liking, I will apply the lighter foundation all over my face first and then lightly apply the darker foundation in the shaded areas. With either of the applications, it is important to make sure that you carefully blend the areas where the two colors meet so that there is no distinct lines.
The darker foundation goes from the hollows of my cheek down to the end of my face, up the sides of my face to the temples and on the forehead. I also apply it to the sides of my nose. The lighter foundation is concentrated in all of the other areas, including running it along the top of my nose to create more height.
By doing my foundation in this manner, it also contours my face at the same time. There's no need to highlight my undereye area with a highlighter. When I apply my foundations in this way, at least I'm not ghastly white or too tanned. I've been doing this with a couple of different brands of foundation and with a BB cream. The outcome in all instances have been similar. (Yes, I have 2 of each--in a lighter shade and a darker shade.) So far it has been working out nicely. I'm happy because it means no more mixing for me!