Foundation | Camouflage

Halloween is but once a year and most of us are not worthy of Kabuki thespianisms…sporting a mask is not acceptable any other time of year.

Perhaps your grandma’s neon pink blush accents her rose petal foundation or you’re a huge fan of the cake sitting atop of your local MAC counter artist’s face – they have one thing in common: halos. I don’t mean the kind floating around the beautiful depictions of saints in Roman Orthodox churches. I mean the kind that crusts around the jaw and hair lines of our fellow makeup loving friends, no matter their age.

Have no fear, Annah’s advice is near!

Some of you may be fortunate to match your skin tone to one colour on the market, while the rest might have to hunt for two or three different colours (or even brands) in order to find your perfect partnership. Coming from a background in painting I am always customizing foundation for my clients. All you need are your foundation, moisturizer, palette and spatula…I prefer mine in stainless steel as they are super easy to clean and won’t break on you!

Choosing the right colour/s can be tricky. Always make sure you are trying them on in daylight – this is the most unforgiving light and is absolutely perfect for matching. Your neck doesn’t lie – always always always replicate the skin tone of your neck to your foundation, this is how you veer away from the halo effect! If one colour isn’t working, find two of the closest ones: one lighter, one darker.

Next I scoop my selected colours onto the palette with a spatula, giving enough room to mix in between. Then a nickel sized spot of moisturizer – if your moisturizer doesn’t come with UV protection, please feel free to squeeze a few drops of sun block into the mix. Finally dipping a concealer brush into the cream followed immediately by combining the lightest colour with a dab of the dark – apply from the center of the face spreading outward towards the frame of the face.  Add more of the darker colour as needed.

Blending is extremely crucial when it comes to makeup and especially foundation. If your complexion is normal – you can use your fingers, sponge or concealer brush – the choice is yours. For dry skin I recommend using fingers as their oils will heat up the makeup and blend more precisely onto the surface. For oily or acne prone textures I suggest trying a sponge by way of dabbing the product right into the skin.

Prior to this adventure you can use a primer of your choice. Post-evenness can be sealed with a bit of translucent powder: dry skin may not need it (but if it does – dab onto areas that may be prone to shine), normal skin can benefit from a brush, and oily skin can be careful with a sponge…again dabbing.

Let’s free the world of halo skid marks one face at a time!


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