Foundation Mixers: What They Are, What They Do, and Why You Need Them

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Applying a Foundation Mixer to your current formula can really step up your makeup game. Image courtesy khoobsurati

Foundation drops and mixers are a subject that a lot of people tend to shy away from, myself included. It has nothing to do with the quality or validity of the product; it comes down to lack of education. When I returned to retail cosmetics over a year ago, I found that much had changed; there were products on the market I had never heard of before ( like beauty sponges and different primer foundations ), and some which I struggled to understand the concept of.

Pigment mixing blends were the bane of my existence. I will readily admit it. Because I had no idea what they were or how they worked. When you’re working on the floor in a retail setting, you don’t always have time to test out the product before doing a demo on the customer. Sometimes the customer is your test run and the two of you simply have to learn together. Even the Beauty Advisors who ran the counter next door to me which had an entire line of blending drops were often clueless as to how to use them properly and to their fullest extent.

What are foundation mixers, anyway?

In simple terms, they are color drops to either lighten or darken your current foundation shade.

However, they are so much more than that.

These little drops have the power to really give you full control over your foundation. The counter I used to work for promised every customer would be able to have their “perfect match” of foundation color due to a revolutionary digital tool the company created and allowed us to use at the counter. It was accurate in some regards, but in many cases, still fell short. It did provide close matches with about sixty to seventy percent of skin tones that I used it for from the very lightest to the darkest.

However, there are sub-shades within certain tone levels ( the levels range from one being the lightest to six being the darkest ) which didn’t work for any of the foundations within that level. Usually these customers were the ones who came to my counter with two, sometimes three and four bottles of different formulas in their hands which they used to mix their own blend.
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Foundation mixers save you time, effort and money

Our skin changes with the seasons; it tends to be lighter in the colder months and darker during warmer weather. If you’ve got a shade of foundation that you love, but it is a tone too dark after being in the hot summer sun, foundation mixers can lighten the shade for you. MUA’s Pro Custom Colour Foundation Mixers are my go-to when it comes to this type of medium. They have four formulas: lightening warm, lightening cool, deepening warm and deepening cool. I suggest getting both the lightening and darkening formula which matches your undertones.

If you’re not sure what undertone you are, take a look at your wrist. If your veins appear blue, you’re cool. If they show up as green ( because you’re seeing them through yellow toned skin ) then you’re a warm.

A little goes a long way

When first starting out, add one small drop at a time to your foundation. Test a swatch, then apply lightly on your face. Sometimes the first drop is all you need because these are concentrated mixing pigments. If you need to go lighter or darker, continue adding one small drop at a time and testing the color until it becomes the shade you’re looking for.

Have you ever used a foundation mixer before? Tell us about it! Share your experience with us on social media ( FacebookInstagram and Twitter) using hashtag #Just4GirlsPK!


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