Mistake No. 1: Wearing the wrong foundation shade "Foundation isn't supposed to give your skin a bit of a tan," Patel says. After all, that's what bronzers are for. Instead, "it's supposed to create a perfect, smooth complexion and cover-up any imperfections. This is why you should always use a foundation which blends in with your skin." Patel recommends testing on your jawline (not your hand!) before buying, and when possible, ask for a sample first. That way you can try it at home -- and look at your skin in various lighting situations -- to make sure the shade you choose looks natural.
We confess: "Being naturally light-skinned, I'm always trying to look more tanned," says assistant editor Jane. "So sometimes I pick a foundation that's a bit darker than my skin tone, which (of course) leads to my face and neck being two totally different colors. I think it's time to embrace my natural coloring. Who wants to look like Snooki anyway, right?"
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