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From beauty counter to brushes, your guide to perfect foundation coverage
The solution? Start blending. Mix two foundations -- one lighter shade and one darker shade -- and custom-blend the color to match your skin. And, yes, if you find a great match, we give you permission to buy both. If you think about all of the foundation you've wasted, tossed, or neglected because of color-matching issues, it's a totally justifiable expense. (At least, that's how we rationalize it.)
To find the best mix-and-match, zero in on brands with a great range of colors in their palate. Estee Lauder Invisible Fluid Makeup, $36, has 16 different shades. Armani Luminous Silk Foundation, $60, has 25. And Clinique Even Better Makeup Broad Spectrum SPF 15, $27, has a whopping 27 color variations.
When color-testing shades, apply the foundation along your jawline and check it out in natural lighting. (Yes, we recommend going outside in daylight with a compact mirror for the best assessment -- you want a great color match, right?) The foundation should be virtually indistinguishable against your natural skin tone. If you really want to try a specific brand's foundation, choose three shades from line. If you have the right shade, it will very clearly disappear on your skin, compared to the wrong shades.
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