Foundations are available in a wide range of shades, but when your favorite brands don't have the perfect one for your skin, the solution can be mixing foundations. Try the best makeup tips to do it right and make it look flawless.

Skin changes color throughout the year, so having 2 or 3 foundation shades ready for mixing allows you to always get a matching shade.

Mixing Foundations Basics

Using 2 liquid foundations can be the right way to get the desired result and the process allows you to get the right color, shade and finish for your complexion. Mixing foundations allows you to make the foundation cooler or warmer, try different shades and get the best finish, either more matter or more dewy.

There are three ways to mix foundations. Professional makeup artists mix them on the back of their hand, but when you're in front of the mirror, you can opt for mixing them on a clean makeup mixing plate or directly on your face, if you're sure you have 2 good shades, one slightly too light and one slightly too dark for your complexion.

Mixing Foundations: Testing for the Right Look

It's a good idea to apply two small dots of the foundation shades you want to mix on your cheek. Let them set completely and see which one is closer to your skin tone: that's the one you'll use more of.

For the next step, blend small amounts of each foundation on a plate or back of your hand and mix them thoroughly with a foundation brush or sponge. Use a tiny bit of the mixture to place a dot next to the other two and let it dry to see the final color.

Once you've decided the way you want to go, lighter or darker, simply add a bit more of the desired shade in the mixture and text it again by making a dot and letting it dry.

If you don't want to waste too much foundation, get the exact shade before you apply to your entire face.

How To Mix Different Foundations

How to Mix Foundations Fast

When you're in a hurry and you know the right proportion for mixing foundations, you can apply them directly to your face, in small dots all around your face. Make sure you use smaller dots than when you'd use a single foundation, because by the time you're done, the quantity used will be double.

Using a stippling brush, start blending the foundation color into the skin. It's better to start from the center of your face and work your way outwards.

Mixing foundations becomes easy once you try it a few times and you can get the best finish for the right occasion, along with the most suitable shade for your skin. 

Make sure you don't mix foundations which contain ingredients that will clash: oil- and water-based foundations won't mix well and it's a sure recipe for the much dreaded cakey foundation! For fail-proof results mix two or more foundations from the same range!

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