As the seasons changed we forget that we need to change our makeup colors until we go to put it on one day, and something just doesn't look right. Especially when it comes to foundation, concealer, and bronzer! We can't play off the fact that we are just not that tan anymore ladies, unfortunately :( and we shouldn't try!! We want to look as flawless and natural as possibly when it comes to our skin. If your foundation color is even slightly off it is going to look noticeable.
How to pick the perfect foundation shade
The artist at the makeup counter can definitely help you pick out the shade that suits you best. But if you are on your own in this situation, you will want to sample your foundation right under by your earlobe at the base of your jaw line. That will give you the truest color match! You cannot have a shade lighter or darker than your neck because there will be a visible line. Now there are some situations where you have color differences, and in that case you might need to mix and match to get the right shade. Foundation should never be applied to the neck, if you have to do so then you know it's the incorrect color for you. If you need to blend because your neck is lighter (most people's are) this is where bronzer comes in handy.
Choosing a bronzer
Your bronzer color should be one or two shades darker than your foundation, depending on the look you are going for and season. They make matte bronzers, pink based bronzers for the fair skinned, and so on... Bronzer doesn't have to be orange or very dark. You want it to just add some warmth, depth and contour to the face. You apply bronzer on the high points of the face. I recommend a backwards 3 motion from forehead, cheek and jawline. Then a straight line down the center of the face, hitting the forehead, nose, chin, and neck. You can blend more on the neck and décolleté if need be.
Choosing a Blush Color
If you flush easily or already have a pink or red undertone to your cheeks, then you will want to use a blush with a more brown or neutral undertone. It will help to counteract the redness and work well with your natural flush. If you are fair skinned, you should keep it light (pink, peach, or neutral) or a more blue toned pink, and not use anything too bold. Medium to deeper skin tones can wear bolder colors especially in the summer, and they can be toned down in the winter. Blush should only be applied to the apples of the cheek. You can even smile to apply your blush if you are unsure of the placement. For drier skin or a dewier finish, choose a cream blush.
A little tip/ pet peeve of mine: Blush should not bee too orangey or close to a bronzer color. and shouldn't be applied to high on cheek bones. I believe in using bronzer to warm and contour and blush to add some color to the cheek. This will give you the most natural application.
When I saw natural I don't mean you can't look like you are wearing makeup. If you like a heavier application I am not against that! I have my day and night looks for sure, and I am not afraid of makeup, obviously! But when I mention natural in terms of the skin, I mean it should look blended, soft, and no hard lines.
Please message me personally or comment below with any questions or needs you may have! If you are in need of a one on one makeup lesson, I'd be happy to help!
Have a beautiful day everyone!