How to remove ashy appearance when wearing foundation : Medium – Dark skin

I am massively excited right now because all my foundation woes have been solved!!!

For years I have been trying to find the correct product to combat the ashy appearance around my mouth when wearing foundation. I’ve tried wearing darker foundations to balance my skin tone but I always end up looking like an oompa loompa (not a cute look).

I did some research and it seems like a lot of women of colour, especially those with a deeper skin tone suffer from hyper-pigmentation around the eye and mouth area. The thing with hyperpigmentation is that it has a distinctly grey-blue tone to it so it isn’t something you can fix with a darker foundation. So on with my research I then learnt that make-up artists use something called an orange corrector to balance dark spots on deeper skin tones. Orange is opposite blue in the colour wheel therefore it counteracts those colours, thereby lifting the pigmentation to match your real skin tone.

I had a look around and the following correctors should be great for anyone who wears NW/NC 35+  in MAC Foundation:

. MAC Prep + Prime Highlighter – Peach Lustre

. Make Up For Ever Camouflage Creme – Orange (20)

. NYX Concealer Jar -Orange

. MAC Studio Finish Skin Corrector – Pure Orange

To use all you need to do is dab a bit of the product on your dark spots and blend. After you have let that absorb/dry, apply your foundation. If your dark spots are especially bad you can apply a salmon corrector underneath your foundation, Bobbi Brown do some great salmon correctors.

I’ve tried the Prep + Prime Peach Lustre myself and it works brilliantly for my skin tone, I’m so happy that I can now confidently wear foundation and especially take flash photography without having an ashy appearance around my mouth.

Happy experimenting!

Jay x

Berry Make-Up Look – Tutorial

It was my New Year Party at work the other day and I was in a rush to pull together a look that would complement the purple-berry coloured dress I was wearing. This look is extremely easy and requires very little skill (honestly!)

To start off I primed my eyelids with MAC Prep + Prime Eye in Medium to neutralise the discolouration on the lid. I then used Urban Decay Primer Potion all over the lid. I brushed Bobbi Brown “Ivory” eyeshadow all over the eyelid as a neutral base then took the ELF Baked Eyeshadow in “Burnt Plum” and blended this into the crease, outer V and two thirds of the eyelid. I wing-lined the top eyelid with Urban Decays Liquid Liner in “Perversion” and finished with Rimmel Wonder’full Mascara on the top eyelashes only. The reason I didn’t do anything with the bottom lashes is because I was wearing a dark lipstick and didn’t want to over-do the look.

My eyebrows were outlined first with MAC Eyebrow Pencil in “Spiked” and then filled in with KIKO Eyebrow Expert Kit in Deep Brunette (this is a fabulous product by the way).

Next I completed the base. I used MAC Studio Fix Fluid Foundation in NW40 and blended out with the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge. This foundation is high coverage and photographs really well. To cover up my panda eyes I used MAC Pro-Longwear Concealer in NW35 (another fabulous product). As there was already a lot going on my face I didn’t want to use a blusher, so instead I used ELF Studio Baked Bronzer in St Lucia to bronze all over and contour my nose and cheeks.

As a final touch I lined my lips with NYX Lip Liner in “Deep Red” and applied a few coats of “Black Dahlia” from OCC on my lips to reach the colour below >>>

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