I’ve been really into mixing things up. There’s something to love in most products, but sometimes one is a little bit too dry for what you want, anther doesn’t last quite the way you want or even worse – the shade just isn’t working. The solution? Mix it up. This means you’ll be getting the best of both worlds, all the stuff you love about one or the other together for foundation perfection.
For me it’s this combo that’s really doing it at the moment. Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue & Chanel Perfection Lumiere Velvet are each an amazing base on their own, but take them and mix them together – it’s stunning. I’ve reviewed the Chanel Perfection Lumiere Velvet before, it’s a demo-matte base that’s got good coverage and a decent lasting power. The greatest thing is that it looks like skin and feels like nothing on the skin. It’s perfect for hot summer days where sweat is sure to slowly (or quickly) break down your make up faster than you can say “Air-conditioning”.
However I’m in possession of the shade B20 which is a smidge too dark for me, along with some serious dryness thanks to AC’s and travel this awesome base just doesn’t work. My solution – bring in a skin saviour that lacks the coverage I need/want and really amps up the moisture and glow in an otherwise matte-isn formula.
To the rescue comes the, excuse my pun, Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue. I’ve the shade 02 Vanilla which is perfect for me, with it’s sheer coverage it really doesn’t matter that it might be a bit too light. This gives your skin a boost of moisture with hyaluronic acid and glycerin along an added bonus of SPF from 6.2% zinc-oxide.
So how to mix? Simple, give the Chanel it’s proper shake and squeeze out a dollop add a bit of the Bare Minerals both on the back of your hand. If you’re fancy get a makeup palette or even a CD (who even has these anymore?) to place the product on. If going by the hand method, mix together with you fingertip if you’re feeling’ fancy take a spatula or the end of a brush. Give it a good mix/stir to make sure it’s all incorporated; then dot on to your face, leave some behind for layering later. Blend out with your fingers or a brush or even the Beauty Blender, my favourites include the Bobbi Brown Full Coverage for more impact or the Louise Young Super Foundation brush for some quick blending action. Go for whichever way you like, experiment a bit, make up is about having fun.
Sometimes I like to add a bit of a boost to my mixes. A blob of illuminator, like Becca’s Pearl, or a bit of a higher coverage foundation – the Laura Mercier Silk Creme is great as is the Tarte Amazonian Clay Full Coverage Foundation.
Mixing is a great way to get the most out of all your foundations – there’s no need to run out and buy something new when you can have a little bit of missing fun to make your own custom mix. It’s not an exact science, and replication is tricky. So enjoy the moment you get it down and then try and try again.