THE BASICS FOR CHOOSING MINERAL MAKEUP FOUNDATION SHADES
So, is it necessary to own more than one foundation shade?
Best Advice: Most skin tones can have yellow and red areas combined, but all skin will have a yellow undertone.
You will never find true orange, (which would actually be considered peach undertones), or total pink as a skin tone no matter how many other makeup companies try to convince you through their marketing these unnatural shades to women.
An orange shade will simply turn you orange, and a true pink shade will make you look much older than you actually are and will accentuate flaws, inflammation, acne and any redness already in your skin.
By mixing any shade with another you can literally achieve a perfect match; this includes mixing cool and warm together for a balance in skin tone. You may also wish to correct your skin overtone with our fairest shades of Fiorella or Jennifer when it appears to have light and dark areas due to hyper-pigmentation. If your face should have too much red, you would choose a shade with more of a yellow undertone to correct the redness. If you have too much yellow, you may wish to correct with a neutral / beige mixed with a warm shade, or neutral / beige mixed with cool depending on what suits you best.
Application is key: It also depends on how much you apply since a sheer application will mirror your skin tone more naturally as the makeup shade adjusts as it melds with your own natural oils allowing for flawless skin with a perfect undertone match. No mask look or line of demarcation. This is another reason why one woman can wear several individual shades of mineral makeup and still look terrific. Yet those same shades for that woman may appear completely different on another. So never select a shade based on how it looks on someone else.
Less is always best for your skin tone match. You cannot achieve these same results with a liquid foundation. Just like with liquid foundation, the heavier the coverage, the more unnatural you will look. This is not the way to use mineral powders, nor is it necessary since coverage is excellent with the gentlest of buffing of our powders onto your skin. In fact, buffing while applying slight pressure will help to blend the minerals with your facial oils or moisturizer to see the natural looking results quickly.
Trade Secret Tips: You can also deepen a shade or alter it a bit since your skins' overtone can change with sun exposure. You can easily adjust your winter shade with either a darker foundation shade or you can use one of our "Bronzer" for achieving a richer color and altering the overtones you may require in summer. For example, your skin may turn either more golden brown or reddish brown as your skin tans. You can also correct certain overtones with some of our blushes which will give your skin a brighter appearance. Last but not least, you may also wish to try one of our several "Rose Bloom Eye Color" in the brown shades for tweaking your favorite foundation for achieving a richer, deeper blend for women with darker skin tones. Or by using one of our softer eye color shades as an all over face color, you can give your face a more luminous glow for that special evening out. Be creative and enjoy using the many variations one can achieve with Mineral Cosmetics.
Best Shade Tip: No matter what your skin tone, when in doubt as far as choosing the best depth of color for your face when looking at it compared to your neckline, always go with the lighter of the choice of shades you select. This will appear the most natural and give your face a more youthful look.
Always allow your minerals to set and meld to your skins' natural oils before adjusting color since minerals deepen after they warm to your skin. Applying a moisture mist will also set the minerals faster.
A concealer is not necessary covering those under eye circles. Just use a shade that is 1-2 shades lighter than your foundation, preferably with a yellow / beige undertone, and perhaps choose a different formula just for concealer to achieve the coverage you prefer. Or use our clear foundation base with any color to achieve the coverage you desire for camouflaging those little imperfections. You can get further assistance with your application if you are new to Sterling Minerals from our "Flawless Face Technique section.