Have you ever applied your foundation in the morning and it looks flawless, but just a few hours later it looks darker and patchy? There are a few reasons why this may be happening.

  1. Foundation is too dark


We all know what a nightmare matching foundation to your skin colour is – going too light can make you look ghostly and going too dark just doesn’t look right!

So why do so many of us get it wrong? People tend to match foundation to the back of their hand. Usually the back of your hand is darker as it’s exposed to more sun, especially here in Malta.

Always match your foundation colour to your neck and jawline. This will ensure a much closer colour match resulting in a more natural result.

  1. Foundation has too many oxides

Have you ever noticed that some foundations appear darker on the skin after a few hours of wear? This is the result of oxidation. It happens when the skin’s natural oil and pH react with the ingredients in the foundation.

To avoid oxidation, look out for these three minerals which are very common in foundations: titanium dioxide, zinc oxide and iron oxide.

Another solution would be to use a primer before you apply your foundation as this will act as a barrier between your skin and the foundation.

  1. Foundation has the wrong undertone


There are three possible skin undertones – warm, cool or neutral.

A foundation which is too warm for your skin tone can actually make you look orange. It is best to always test the foundation colour on your neck or jawline and have a look at it when you’re in direct sunlight as this will give you a better indication whether the foundation matches your skin tone.

© 2017 – VIDA Magazine – Leanne Mallia