If you’re human, chances are you’ve wound up with the wrong shade of foundation at one point or another. Regardless of whether you purchased the product with or without the help of a salesperson, and no matter how much you’ve read that a specific formula has a fancy skin-matching formula, at some point, every woman will experience the frustrations that follow the realization that you’ve purchased the wrong foundation shade. To put it plain and simply: stuff happens. Fortunately, some cosmetic stores today are much more understanding than they used to be – that is, they are more lenient and understanding when it comes to open-container returns that are due to shade mishaps. However, not all stores are so understanding; then again, even if they are it can be hard to find the time to go back to the store and – yet again – try to figure out the correct shade.
Mistakes happen and you’re busy – we get it! We hope you can find even the slightest bit of weight lifted off your shoulders after we explain to you that just because you have the wrong shade in your hands doesn’t mean you’re out of luck. That’s right! After reading the professional approved tips and tricks below you’ll be more than prepared for the next time you end up with the wrong shade; in fact, we’re sure that by the time you finish reading this article, you’ll be thinking to yourself wrong shade, no problem!
Mix Away the Mishap
Chances are you have another foundation laying around the house someplace. Whether this extra is one that matches your skin tone or not, it’s time to bring out the inner mixologist in you and experiment with the two shades. With some patience, we’re certain that you’ll be able to create your desired shade in no time.
Bronze it Out
If the color difference is just a few shades lighter than you would have hoped, the easiest way to mask its miss-matched shade is to apply the foundation as you normally would, then dust a lighter bronzer all over your face to deepen the shade.
Another option for those who’ve realized that their foundation is too light is to apply a layer or primer to your neck and decollete and then apply a layer of light colored face powder. This will lighten and brighten up the natural shadow that lays along the neck and chest area.
Lessen the Coverage
Sure, the whole reason you’re freaking out about the foundation not being a perfect match is because you need the coverage, but hear us out on this one. If your foundation is much too dark to pull off, the best way to lighten it up is to make a BB cream out of it. All you need to do is gradually mix together the foundation with your favorite moisturizer. This will leave the product with a lighter coverage, but it will match your skin tone much better. If you’re extra worried about the coverage factor here, simply apply a few layers, allowing each to dry and set fully before applying the next.