Matching Foundation Colour

on May 31, 2008 @ 04:47 pm

I just got the BareMinerals ID Foundatioin due to the rave reviews on this site. The problem is I'm having trouble matching the colour to my face even though the people at Sephora helped me. I was debating between light and medium beige. Both seemed to match but medium beige gave me a little more cover and if I tan during the summer it'll be ok whereas light would lighten my skin.

Now, under my bathroom light, my face does look smooth and everything but when I put my hand up to my face I was surprised to see how much darker my hand and arm was compared to my face.

I'm not sure if I picked too dark or a colour or if that actually is my colour and it's just because my face is a darker shade than my hands and arms. I'm finding this colour matching thing very difficult. How can I figure this out?

5 Replies

Foundation on May 31, 2008 @ 08:44 pm

I use BE right now and I am medium beige. I am not tanned at all. I am going to upload a new profile to show how dark my skin is (When if ! figure out how to make pics smaller, might take years)
I use a gel bronzer, I don't tan so I'm not that dark. BE is NOT going to make you orangy, if that's your worry. Sometimes I think I think it's makes me shiny, so I might try something else after it's gone (Not sure what) but I'm going to use this until it is gone, because I like it. It has lasted me forever. Well worth the money. Medium beige is perfect for me. Hope this helps!!:)

Ali de Bold
Face and the rest of the body on Jun 05, 2008 @ 07:43 pm

I don't find my face exactly matches the rest of my body. Esp in the summer. Because I am really careful with my face with sunscreen, etc, my body tends to be more exposed than my face.

Is there a harsh difference between your face and your neck? If it blends reasonably well you are ok. If it looks like you are wearing a mask, then not so much.

I tend to trust the people at Sephora (and other makeup counters for that matter). So far I have yet to be lead too much astray. Always consider the makeup of the person advising you. If they look like a clown/experimental cartoon character, take their advice accordingly... unless of course that is the look you are going for.

question about facial sunscreen on Jun 14, 2008 @ 08:53 am

Are there good sunscreens that people recommend to manage the tone of the face in the summer?

I've used the sun protective lotion from Shiseido, and now I use a milder sun protective moisturizer (Ultralight) from Lush. I'm not very religious with the creams (there are days when I forget the sun protective step altogether), which explains why I don't have much to say about the actual effects.

Update on Jun 20, 2008 @ 12:07 pm

I have no idea about facial sunscreen. I think I learned that the amount of SPF in a face cream usually isn't enough and if you want real protection you have to add sunscreen separately. But it's better to have some SPF in a face cream tha to wear none at all. Right now I use Biotherm and it's ok. When this runs out I might switch to Roc.

Back to BE, I ended up returning the medium beige and got the light. It matches my current skin tone better and if I get a tan I can always mix it with the warmth to get a darker colour. The medium beige made me look a lot more tan which is nice but there was a significant different if I wore, lets say a V-neck shirt.

differences in skin color on Sep 28, 2008 @ 10:01 pm

MC I am the same way when it comes to protecting my face so it is a lot lighter than the rest of my skin. I recently went to BE and had a color match and they did a great job for matching my face but it doesn't match the rest of me! Do you match your make-up color to your face or to the rest of your skin? I'm not sure if a darker color would look good since my face is really light. How do I get my face to match the rest of my skin?

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