Foundation Duo

Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk and Illamasqua Skin Base Foundation
Illamasqua Skin Base Foundation – £32
Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk – £35.50

Have you ever purchased a foundation that didn’t quite match but you loved it anyway. Have you thought about mixing foundations?
I’ve dabbled with mixing foundations in the past, why not? it works with mixing paints and foundation is, I suppose like expensive beige face paint. Go with me on this…

I recently purchased Illamasqua Skin Base, a foundation which I absolutely adore. The finish is fantastic, it applies well and it’s all around fabulous. However the MUA’s lovely and well meaning as they are have matched me wrong…twice. The first time I was matched to a 5, which was good, but after applying it myself at home in the daylight it was too orangey-yellowy and just not quite right.
I tried again six months or so later with a different MUA who was convinced that I was a 6. Not sure how I could be darker, but in those deceptive lights in Selfridges my makeup genuinely did look fabulous. However again after applying at home in daylight, I was simply too dark again!

This isn’t a rant about the MUA’s inability to match me correctly, it’s about not necessarily binning off those foundations that aren’t quite right (especially if like me, you have two at £27 each!)

So I’ve been pairing my Skin Base with my Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk. It seems such a waste to mix two beautiful foundations together, but LS is the lightest one I’ve got in my collection (Touche Eclat and Double Wear are on point so wouldn’t lighten it enough). I still get the beautiful finish as both are quite natural dewy finishes anyway, but the added bonus is that I get a little bit more coverage than with LS alone.

Have you tried mixing foundations?

2 Comments

  1. Beth says:

    I’ve never tried doing this before, my skin is about as pale as it gets! That said, I think it’s a really good idea 🙂 xx

    1. Kat says:

      It definitely is if your foundation isn’t quite the right shade for you. I know illamasqua do a white foundation so that might be worth a try if you’re struggling to find foundations and need to lighten it a few shades 🙂 xx

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