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How to Fix a Too-Light Foundation Shade

Too-Light Foundation? There's a Fix For That

In the makeup world, there are few things worse than discovering you've purchased a too-light foundation shade. (Cullen family, anyone?) But before you send it to the junkyard or head back for a refund, make your mismatched makeup work for you. Here's how:

If your foundation is too light:

  • Use it as a highlighter: For a nonshimmery take on a highlighter, apply your light-toned foundation to the middle of the nose to elongate, on the upper cheeks to add brightness, or on the top of the Cupid's bow to lend definition. On the eyes, use it on the inner corners and under the eyebrows for an instant lift.
  • Rev it up: Intensify a too-light shade by mixing in a bit of bronzer (whether it's gel or powder). Or, if you're feeling artistic, blend it with a darker shade of foundation for a completely customized palette.
  • Save it for another season: Skin can lighten and darken depending on season, so use that to your advantage. When well blended, a lighter foundation shade in the Winter might just match your complexion perfectly. Still off? Apply it with a wet sponge to blur its paleness.
  • Recognize the power of powder: If the shade is only slightly too light, then still wear it as normal, but consider layering a darker powder on top. Or just add a bit of bronzer as a finishing step, targeting the cheeks, nose, forehead, and chin.
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Sherrilee Sherrilee 3 years
Sana this is so true.  
Sana3028546 Sana3028546 3 years
How her foundation too light? if anything ive seen it go lighter and its actually not light enough!  take her pic all over the globe and u will see ppl will tell u she looks fine! there is no such thing as "too" anything! I understand this is a western culture of "bronzing" and anything pale is taboo nowadays in the media! Makeup is  personal preference! u cant tell folks how to wear their blush,foudnation,bronzer,eyeshadow,mascara,etc! do your ugly face how you want to, let others do their own makeup HOW THEY WANT TO! some women love that porcelain/light flawless dita vonteese skin,others love that sexy sunkissed daker bronzey skin. Alot of people have faces lighter than their necks NATURALLY! and they dont want to choose a dark shade because they dont want to look oxidized and muddy! In general,I disagree with telling anyone how to wear their foundation,blush/powder/eyelin­eretc. Everyone has their own style. Many light people tend to go light/lighter or mix it with a luminzer to make themselves brighter/radiant/porcelin like. An example would be dita von teese, who stays out the sun to maintain her light skintone and wears light foundation. Others prefer to be dark/darker andsunbathe or use bronzer all over their skintone. Different people have different preferences. I hate bronzer. But maybe there is someone who loves that deep bronzed look. I cant go to them and say "dont go soo deep in the bronzer" and say its "constructive". There are soo many different styles.who is anyone to tell someone theyre wearing a too light or too dark foundation, because there is no such thing. Nicole and Sam from pixiwoo(huge makeupartists in Britain) sometimes wear paler or darker foundation and it looks gorgeous! as long as people blend it to the neck its fine....some people prefer to look bright/light/white/porcelain/bronzed/darker/suunkissed and radiant. Live and let live! also, many people's necks or faces are lighter/darker than other parts of their body! some people choose lighter or darker foundations in respect to that! leave it be.
Maria-Del-Russo Maria-Del-Russo 3 years
 @Robsonette Thanks for this tip! Eye shadow primer is always something I don't think about until I actually need it. I'll be trying this next time I'm in a pinch!
Robsonette Robsonette 3 years
You can also use it to make your own primer or tinted lotion. Aloe vera gel with lotion and foundation makes a great affordable home made eyeshadow primer.
Jaime-Richards Jaime-Richards 3 years
 @Sherrilee Love that tip! 
Sherrilee Sherrilee 3 years
I find I get the perfect shades of foundation for me by mixing two different shades.  I'll pour half of lighter shade into a darker shade and it works.
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