Find Your Match To cover up an imperfection -- say, a spider vein or tattoo -- you obviously want to match the shade of foundation to the skin tone of your body. Don't think you can just slap your everyday foundation over a bruise and call it a day. "If you wear a high SPF on your face daily, your neck and body may be darker, so a foundation that matches your face may not match your body's skin tone," says Sephora Pro Artist Helen Phillips.
Another reason your everyday foundation won't work? The formula is probably too lightweight to give you the coverage you need. And it won't have the staying power that body makeup has -- meaning it could end up all over your clothes.
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