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My Foundation Doesn't Match My Tan!

You've search and sampled and finally found the perfect liquid foundation to match your skin color. The problem is, it's summer and you're a bronze goddess, so now your foundation doesn't match your tan skin! 

You could go back to the drawing board and start shopping for a new foundation color for summer. But, foundations can be expensive. One of my favorites, Urban Decay Naked Skin, is $40.00. I don't want to pay that much for a foundation that will just be used for the summer months. Plus, the skin could get even more tan or maybe even less tan, then the new foundation would no longer match.

The other thing you could do is purchase a darker, warm tan shade of foundation and mix it with your foundation. But, then you would still have the expense of purchasing that new foundation.

There is a simple less expensive solution that I frequently use to solve this foundation dilemma. You can add a loose powder bronzer to your foundation. It's an easy solution for giving your foundation a more tan color. I use it with my clients to get their foundation looking a little more glowy for summer. It works great because....

🙆 You can easily control how much bronzer goes into your foundation to mix the perfect color.

🙆 The bronzer adds the perfect warm tan look to your foundation to match your tan.

🙆 A bronzer is less expensive that buying a new foundation.

🙆 The bronzer works as a multi purpose product. Not only does it warm up your foundation, you can use it for it's intended purpose..... a bronzer!

🙆 This technique it also great for faking a tan!
foundation and bare minerals warmth
How to mix Bronzer into your Foundation to Match your Tan

Pour the amount of liquid foundation you would normally use into your hand. 

Sprinkle a small amount of the loose powder bronzer into your foundation.

Mix it with a concealer brush.

Test it out on your face. Add more bronzer if the color needs to be more tan.

If you added too much bronzer, add a little more foundation until you get the right color.

The Best Bronzer for Mixing into Foundation

Bare Minerals All Over Face Color is my favorite loose powder bronzer to add into foundation. There are 3 shades that will create a tan effect. I recommend Warmth or Faux Tan. A Little Sun has a lot of sparkle in it. It still works mixing in the foundation, but it adds a lot of sparkle. I personally prefer very little sparkle in my foundation. I like A Little Sun as a bronzer on my cheeks.

Warmth is my favorite All Over Face Color Bronzer. 
bare mineral warmth
It has the least amount sparkle of the three and has a rich warm tan with a reddish tone.
Ingredients: Mica.  May Contain (+/-):  Bismuth Oxychloride (Ci 77163), Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499), Ultramarines (Ci 77007), Manganese Violet (Ci 77742).

Faux Tan
Faux Tan is a bronzy tan with a bit of shimmer. Vegan friends, this one contains carmine.
Ingredients: Mica (CI 77019), Bismuth Oxychloride (CI 77163), Iron Oxides (CI 77491,CI 77492, CI 77499), Ultramarines (CI 77007), Carmine (CI 75470),Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891).

A Little Sun
A Little Sun is a light brown with a warm rosy tone with a good bit of sparkle.
Ingredients: Mica (CI 77019), Bismuth Oxychloride (CI 77163), Iron Oxides (CI 77491,CI 77492, CI 77499), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891)

Here's how they look in inside natural light. The sparkle doesn't show very much.
bare minerals all over face color swatches

Here they are in the sunlight. You can see the sparkle especially in A Little Sun!

What is Carmine?

If you want no shimmer at all, Bare Minerals Loose Powder Matte Foundation for oily skin comes in 32 shades including tan shades for $29.00 each that can be added to a liquid foundation in the same way as the All Over Face Color.

You can purchase a Bare Minerals All Over Face Color for $21.00 at Ulta, Sephora and the Bare Minerals site. You can also find it for less on Amazon! 
The All Over Face Colors are very pigmented. You only need a little bit whether you are mixing it into your foundation or using it as a bronzer so it lasts a really long time. Bonus: mineral makeup contains a bit of sunscreen to protect your skin from harmful UV rays. 

Enjoy your summer tan whether it's real or just great makeup!

Read More: How to Choose the Right Bronzer

Have a Beautiful Day!

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