5 Reasons Why Your Foundation Doesn’t Cover


There’s nothing more frustrating than a foundation that doesn’t give good coverage but, before you assume the foundation itself is to blame, consider the top 5 reasons why your foundation doesn’t cover as well as you expect.


Reason #1- You’re Using the Wrong Shade or Undertone

You’re probably wondering what using the wrong shade have to do with getting great foundation coverage? How about EVERYTHING!

Because when we wear a shade or undertone that’s all wrong for us, any discoloration like brown spots or redness we try to cover can end up bleeding through our foundation much darker than it would otherwise. So how can you be sure if the shade or undertone you’re wearing fits? Click here to find out now.

Reason #2- You’re Expecting Too Much From a Bargain Brand

I’m all for saving money, and seriously, these days, who isn’t? But, while you might save money by using a bargain brand of foundation, you’ll most likely be sacrificing coverage, because most of these products have very little pigment, and great coverage requires quite a bit of pigment. Bottom line here is when it comes to foundation, you almost always get what you pay for.

Reason #3- You’re Being Unrealistic

There’s nothing wrong with wanting flawless looking coverage in a makeup. But thinking your makeup finish will look runway perfect or magazine flawless is completely unrealistic. It’s actually impossible really, that is without filters and a little photoshop. 

I found it refreshing a few years ago when A Celebrity Makeup Artist friend of mine, Stephen Dimmick told me that while he could make someone look next to flawless (outside of a cover shoot), he doesn’t do it because perfection lacks the look of personal character, meaning every mole, every birthmark, every skin tone tells a story. And it’s these differences that make us who we truly are.

Reason #4- You’re Not Using the Right Tools

Great coverage has a lot to do with the tools you use to apply it. Tools can be a combination of fingers, sponges and brushes. Imagine what a painting would look like if the painter didn’t use tools to perfect his work. The finished product would look flat, lack character and texture, and the same goes for flawless looking coverage.

Reason #5- You’re not Using the Right Technique 

You can have the perfect foundation and the perfect tools, but both are useless without the “know how” or technique needed to get great coverage. And the surprising thing is, although it sounds involved, it’s really not Rocket Science. The right technique is as simple as applying your foundation one layer at a time, incorporating a little concealer where needed, and taking the time to blend your makeup. Believe it or not, bad coverage most often happens because we’re in too much of a rush.

Slow down, girl!

Do you have any tips on how to get the best foundation coverage? Tell me all about it in the comments below.

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Foundation Too Dark? Try This Hack!

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Now that we’re into the month of October, we have to accept the fact (or at least for me, try) that Summer is finally over.

For many of us, that means it’s time to get out the sweaters, make some hot apple cider and get ready to turn on the heat. And for some, it’s also time to get another jar of foundation because the shade they’ve been using is now about 1 shade too dark.

Is your foundation too dark? Don’t throw it out yet! You can still use it if you try this hack!

If you’re like me and love to get every last bit of toothpaste out of the tube, shampoo out of the container, and maybe even that last bit of wine out of the bottle, you’ll love how to do the same with your jar of foundation!

Adding a simple pinch of KmS Mineral Essentials Lighten Up Foundation Lightener to your foundation is all you need to quickly and easily lighten your foundation shade so it matches perfectly with your skin tone.

And just like our other mineral makeup, Lighten Up is made with gentle, mineral ingredients, so you can be confident you won’t have a skin reaction.

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3 Keys to A Flawless Foundation Finish!

Getting a flawless foundation finish doesn’t have to be rocket science, but, there are 3 Keys to getting there, and in today’s post, I’m going to share them with you!

Key #1- You Need to Be Patient

Nothing good ever comes from rushing, and it’s especially true when it comes to a flawless looking foundation finish. When putting on your makeup on the fly, it’s easy to miss spots, use too much, or even worse, not enough. 

Taking an extra minute to make sure you don’t miss a thing doesn’t take as long as you think.

Key #2- You Need the Right Foundation

A flawless finish is only as good as the foundation you use. Your best option is a water-resistant foundation, because it handles heat and humidity like a boss, so it stays put, even during your workout! Plus, the water resistance is what makes this foundation last all day and then some, never fading into the skin.  

So, what does that have to do with getting a flawless finish? A foundation made to last has more pigment, and pigment is what makes an even finish possible in the first place.

Key #3- You Need to Use the Right Brush

Any makeup artist will tell you the key to a flawless finish is all about the tools you use to apply your makeup.

Great coverage begins with the right application brush. Different foundation brushes give different coverage, so you need to be sure the one you’re using matches the type of coverage you want.

For example, when it comes to mineral makeup, a Kabuki brush is best for light coverage, because the full, wide bristles hold the least amount of foundation at once. The opposite is true for full coverage. Brushes with close set bristles hold the most product at a time, making it possible to apply more foundation at the same time, in one place. 

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How to Avoid 4 Common Mineral Makeup Mistakes

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So you’ve taken the leap and decided to wear mineral makeup. You’ve watched every how-to video and read every tip you can get your hands on but you’re still not getting the flawless finish you expected. 

Don’t be so hard on yourself! It’s totally normal to feel lost when learning how to apply mineral makeup because its dry application is a completely different animal. Today we’re going to talk about how to avoid 4 common mineral makeup mistakes.

Mistake #1- Your makeup finish looks “chalky” 

One of the biggest complaints for new mineral makeup wearers is a “powdery” or “chalky” looking makeup finish. The good news is that this mistake is easy to remedy! This type of finish happens when too much product is used when applying.

Solution: Less is More

A powdery finish is less likely to happen when you start with just a pinch of product. Don’t worry if you don’t get the coverage you want right away. Mineral makeup is “buidable”, so you can apply in layers until you get the type of coverage you want.

Tip: You don’t need to start over if it looks like you’ve applied too much. You can easily remove any extra powder by swiping your face with a clean powder brush around the area where makeup tends to settle; around the nose, brows, and ears.

Mistake #2- Your skin looks dry

Loose mineral makeup applies dry, so if your skin is dry before you apply your makeup, it will dry out even further after applying your makeup.

Solution: Create a moisture balance to your skin

No matter your skin type, it’s important to use a moisturizer before you apply your foundation. Be sure you are using the right moisturizer for your skin type.

Tip: You might also want to try a different formula of foundation that better meets the needs of dry skin like KmS Mineral Essentials Select Botanical Foundation.

Mistake #3- Your skin looks shiny

It doesn’t look shiny “healthy”, it looks shiny “oily”!

Solution: If your skin is combination or oily, use a finishing powder like KmS Mineral Essentials Perfect Finish Mineral Veil before and after applying your foundation to stop oily breakthrough.

Tip: If you still notice shine coming through, make sure your application brush gets a bath regularly so you’re not transferring bacteria back and forth.

Mistake #4- The shade is way off

It’s almost like it happened overnight. Your foundation shade looked just fine yesterday, and now it looks a shade lighter, darker, or even worse, orangey!  

Solution: If you live in a climate where seasons change drastically from cold to hot, you’ll most likely use 2 different shades of foundation; 1 for warmer weather and another for cooler temperatures. Why? Because you’re probably enjoying outdoor activities much more when it’s warm, exposing your skin to the sun which can darken your skin a shade or two. 

If your foundation looks “orange”, the PH level of your skin may have changed.

PH level measures how acidic or alkaline our skin is. These levels will change throughout our lifetime as we age, but becomes more common when our skin comes into contact with new skincare products, overexposure to the sun, and pollution from cigarette smoke and the environment. 

Foundation can turn orange when too much PH from the oil of our skin mixes with the pigment of the foundation shade and becomes oxidized. The quickest solution? Find a new foundation shade.

Have you ever made these mistakes? If not, what was your biggest frustration when learning how to use mineral makeup? Let’s get the conversation started below.