Here’s How to Use That Mismatched Foundation You Overpaid For

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Here’s How to Use That Mismatched Foundation You Overpaid For

Sure, you’ve been able to get away with that foundation you bought this Summer all Fall thanks to the unseasonably warm temps and those two weekends you spent in LA. But now that winter has finally reared its frosty head and the chances of you seeing the light of day are about as good as gone, what’s your plan?

Not ones to jump into buying new foundation every month (we have to save for this poncho…), we set out on a search to find the best shade adjusting drops on the market. Not familiar with shade adjusting drops? Lightening drops lighten and neutralize yellowness in your foundation and darkening drops darken while keeping natural depth, easily transforming an “almost there” shade into the perfect one.

While a little scary at first (we’re not the best at DIY’s), it turns out these babies are incredibly easy to use and worth their weight in gold, particularly because you only need a drop or two to work some major color magic.  There are several on the market that are worth trying (check the sidebar), but our final recommendation is The Body Shop’s version, not only because the coloring was perfect but because their little droppers make them pretty foolproof to use.

How to Use:

  1. Shake product well before use.  The last thing you want is an over or under saturated drop.
  2. Apply the “almost there” foundation (a.k.a., the foundation you wore this summer when you actually saw the light of day) shade to the back of your hand.
  3. Apply one drop of your chosen Shade Adjusting Drops and blend together. NOTE: The lightening drops can only be used to lighten light to medium foundation shades. The darkening drops can only be used to darken dark to deep foundation shades. Just something to keep in mind.
  4. Always test the color before covering your face in it. A general rule you should always follow even when you aren’t playing chemist in your bathroom.
  5. Once you’ve confirmed you didn’t accidentally concoct something made for an Oompa Loompa, apply the mix on your face as usual for a natural make-up look.

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While a little scary at first (we’re not the best at DIY’s), it turns out these babies are incredibly easy to use and worth their weight in gold, particularly because you only need a drop or two to work some major color magic.

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foundation shade adjusting drops: The Body Shop

  • Jess

    This is amazing! I had no idea these existed!! Definitely picking some of those lightening drops. My foundation is almost always too dark this time of year..

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