Foundation is a classic skin product that helps smooth out and cover up imperfections while also creating the illusion of a perfectly even skin tone. Sometimes foundations even offer some SPF protection for the face. It is also notoriously difficult to buy the perfectly matched shade while you are standing under the florescent lights of a drugstore without a mirror. If you have purchased a foundation that is darker than your natural complexion, some careful prep, blending and setting techniques can help make that slightly dark foundation look natural with your skin tone.

Things You'll Need

Apply an even layer of moisturizer all over your face to soften the skin and prepare it for even blending.

Apply a pea-sized amount of face primer all over your face all the way to your hairline, under your jaw, and next to your ears. Primer helps create a clean canvas for blending and keeping makeup in place.

Pour a dime-sized amount of the foundation on the back of your hand. Dip the foundation brush into the foundation so the bristles are barely covered.

Brush the foundation over your nose and start working the brush down over the bridge of your nose and out over your cheekbones. Keep blending the foundation out towards the edges of your face, up to your hairline and down under your jaw so that it rests evenly on your entire face.

Grab a bit more foundation from time to time if you are running low on the brush, but always work with a minimal amount of the product. A thick layer of dark foundation will create a stark difference between your face and the rest of your body.

Keep blending the foundation all over your face, ensuring that the product is thinly and evenly placed over the face, including over your eyelids and your neck.

Blend the foundation down past your jawline into your neck to create a gentle fade with any leftover product so your neck is not a different color than your face.

Go over all the nooks, crannies and contours of your face with a stiff blending brush to ensure that there are no thick globs of foundation or areas that look out of place.

Powder your face with a light, translucent powder and a large blush brush to set the foundation in place.


  • Always test new foundations on your face and, ideally, in natural light to get the correct color before buying large amounts of a product.

  • Apply all foundations sparingly at first. You can always add more if you feel you need additional coverage.

  • Blend a darker foundation with a lighter foundation to create the ideal color for your complexion.