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.

Love makeup hacks? Do you have one to share? Tell us all about it in the comments below.



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.





The Trick to Finding The Perfect Foundation Match

s04-img01One of the questions I get asked most often is, “Is there really a perfect foundation shade out there for me?” Sadly, many women settle for a not-so-perfect shade, thinking it’s impossible to get it just right.

The good news is, they’re wrong! It is possible to get a perfect match. The problem is, most don’t have a clue how to get there. You too? No worries! We’re going to tackle this problem head on and finally find your perfect shade!

Skin Shade and Skin Tone

This is where many women get lost. They think shade and tone are one and the same. Not so. You must get to know them both.

Finding your skin shade is the easy part. You probably already know what it is. It’s either fair, light, medium, olive, tan or dark. If you ‘re not sure, the following guide isn’t an exact science, but should help:


Fair- your skin burns very easily and may be sensitive. You may or may not have freckles, and your natural hair color is blonde or red. Your eyes are most likely blue.

Light- your skin burns when exposed to the sun too long. You may or may not have sensitive skin. Your natural hair color is blonde, light brown or red. 

Medium- your skin almost never burns. You most likely do not have sensitive skin. Your natural hair color is black, brown or dark blonde. 

Olive- You tan very easily in the sun. Your skin may appear to be slightly yellow or olive green. Your eyes are brown or hazel. You most likely do not have sensitive skin. Your natural hair color is brown or black.

Tan- You tan very easily. Your eyes are most likely light or dark brown. Your skin isn’t necessarily sensitive. 

Dark- Your skin may or may not get darker in the sun. your skin type is oily or combination. Your natural hair color is most likely brown or black. Your eyes may be light or dark brown. 

Finding your skin tone is the next step in finding your foundation shade. Your tone will either be warm with yellow or olive undertones, cool with red/pink undertones or neutral which is either cool nor warm. There are a couple of neat tricks that reveal your skin tone. Again, it’s not exact science, but it works.

The Paper Test

Head to the mirror with a plain sheet of white paper and a fresh no-makeup face. Place the edge of the white paper next to your cheek. Look closely at the white paper, and then at the shade of your cheek next to it. (If your skin has red, patchy areas, set the paper next to skin that is not red.) When comparing the paper to your skin, your cheek will appear slightly yellow or green revealing a warm tone, pink or red revealing a cool tone or indistinguishable for a neutral tone.

The Vein Test

If you seem to have trouble locating your skin tone with the paper test, than t he vein test is for you. In good, natural light, take a good look at the color of your veins on the underside of your arm. If they are blue in color, your undertone is cool. If green or yellow, your undertone is warm and if they appear both blue and green, you’ve got a neutral undertone.

Now that you know your shade and tone, head on over to the shade chart for the foundation you’re looking at. It should specify the undertone of each available shade. You should be able to locate 1-2 shades in your range. Get some samples if you can and try them on for size!

Have you found another way to find the perfect foundation shade? Do tell below, and if you haven’t already subscribed to my Clear Skin Updates, you can do that below too!

4 Things You Didn’t Know About Mineral Foundation

Sure, you’ve been wearing it mineral foundationfor years, but do you really know everything there is to know about mineral foundation? Here are 4 things you probably didn’t know.

1. Foundation Doesn’t Just Even Your Complexion

You’ve probably assumed the sole purpose of foundation was to cover up imperfections and even out your skin tone. But, did you know it protects your skin as well? It acts as a barrier between your skin and the elements, preventing dirt and debris from absorbing into your skin.

2. If You’re Not Getting the Coverage You Want, Your Foundation Most Likely is Not the Problem

Did you know the type of coverage you want lies in the brush you use to apply it? It’s true. For example. If you’re looking for medium to full coverage, stay away from the kabuki brush. Why? Because a standard Kabuki Brush is a lot like a large powder brush; big and fluffy with a wide span of the bristles. It works great for a light dusting of finishing powder, but, it you want a full coverage, choose an application or flat brush. The bristles are tight together which packs the product tight; allowing the application to be more concentrated. 

3. Finding Your Perfect Match is Much Easier Than You Think

I’ve found a very common thread when consulting with our customers over the years. The most frequently asked question? “How can I find the right shade for me?” The answer is to first figure out what type of undertone you have. I know it may sound complicated, but it’s as easy as the color of the veins on your wrist! If your veins are blue, your undertone is cool, if they’re green, your undertone is warm and a combination of both blue and green represent neutral or olive undertones.

4. Your foundation won’t perform its best until you get a handle on the skin underneath

So many times I’ve heard women say things like, “mineral makeup doesn’t last all day for me” or “my skin is oily and mineral makeup makes it worse.” And do you  know what? They’re right! Mineral makeup is only as good as the condition of your skin before you apply your makeup. This means you need to properly and consistently care for your skin’s needs (whether it be dry, oily or both) with the right skin care plan.  

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