- Knowing the color tones of your face is important. Turns out, according to Shannon, I have a peachy skin tone, which does not sit well with the normal bronze-y colors I usually pick out. If I hadn’t stopped to try out the foundation, I would have grabbed the color I thought matched me, which turns out makes my cheeks look very yellow. It wasn’t until she did a side-by-side comparison that I noticed how much brighter my skin was with a pinker toned foundation, as opposed to my tan ones.
- Testing foundation colors on your hand/wrist/etc is an outdated process. For the best results, test it on your face. And if you’re between two products, test both of them side by side. As I learned from my yellow/peach discovery, it is important to see it on your face. Also, if you can, testing it in your face is especially good if you have sensitive skin.
- Add warmth to your face by bronzing a few choice areas. I don’t know how to explain this one, so please see the handy little diagram below. Shannon followed the dark marks around the edge of my face, top of my head, in the hair line, down the middle of my cheeks and around the bottom of my face, near the neck. She didn’t do anything to my nose or collar bone, like this picture shows, but I suppose if you want to get fancy, go for it!
- Blush and bronzer make good eyeshadows. If you’re going for a natural look or minimal make up look, use your bronzer to fill in the crease of your eyelid and your blush to add some color to your eyelid. Top that off with some mascara, and suddenly you’ve got a “relaxed but glam look” (Shannon’s words). It could also provide for make-up when you have to pack lightly for something (My words; always practical).
I ended up purchasing the foundation (which I may review here in a few weeks, as I really do like how it feels, even if it doesn’t help improve my skin), and no brushes. So I achieved nothing like I planned on today, but I did get a nice little lesson on using a few simple products. I may even go back for more in a few weeks, this time to get an actual liquid foundation, and trick her into giving me more lessons.
But for now, it’s time for #4 on my list: Grey’s and Scandal. All hail Queen Shonda.