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Minimal Makeup Bag Hacks: Mixing Your Own Custom Foundation

We're here this week with Veronica and she's going to show you an awesome tutorial for a useful makeup hack that she is very excited to share.


If you are a makeup artist you may know what it's like to have to lug around a huge makeup kit all the time.  This great hack will help you keep your makeup kit as minimal as possible and allow you to carry only the bare essentials. This week's blog is all about keeping your kit minimal by mixing foundations to create the perfect custom shade and custom coverage for any skin tone, and any occasion.

Creating Custom Foundation Colors

The key to this simple makeup hack is to keep only the lightest shade and the darkest shade of foundation in your kit. The reason why this hack is so great is that with the lightest and the darkest shade you can mix varying amounts to achieve every shade in between. You can also save a whole lot of space in your makeup bag.

Another thing that Veronica always keeps in her kit is a tinted moisturizer and regular untinted moisturizer. The tinted moisturizer she has in her kit is the illuminating moisture tint from Cara. Sometimes you don't want your makeup to be too heavy, maybe you just want a little light coverage for the beach. Mixing your foundation with a moisturizer is a great way to sheer it out and create that perfect custom coverage for any look. You will choose tinted or non-tinted based on their skin tone. A tinted moisturizer may be too dark for fair skin colors.

The best way to mix foundations to achieve the perfect custom color for fairer skin is to start with the lightest shade that you have available and to mix in small increments of the darker shade until you have reached the desired color.

For people with very dark skin tones (closer to the darker shade), it makes more sense to start with that one and mix in small amounts of a lighter shade until you reach the desired shade for their skin tone.


To mix your makeup you'll need a makeup palette and a palette knife. Veronica calls this her makeup spatula. If you don’t have a palette knife, the back of a makeup brush will do fine in a pinch.


Veronica begins by placing a the light foundation onto her palette with a small amount of the dark shade of foundation. She also adds some of the tinted moisturizer to help sheer out the foundation to give less coverage.

It's important to mix your products thoroughly to make sure that the color is evenly distributed throughout. You don't want any concentrations of dark or light areas because your foundation was not evenly mixed. After you've mixed all of your products together you may find that you need to add a little bit of the dark foundation or a little bit of the light foundation depending on your skin tone. This should be a very visual process to find the right shade for your skin.

Keep in mind that the ratio of light to dark foundation, as well as the amount tinted moisturizer will vary depending on your skin tone, and of course- the desired makeup look you are trying to achieve. With a little trial and error you should be able to create the perfect shade of foundation for your skin.

As rule of thumb your foundation color should be able to blend seamlessly into your natural skin tone. You also want to make sure that the transition from your jawline to your neck is even as well.

Check out the rest of the makeup tutorial for this photo friendly look in our recent blog about the  3 corner highlight technique. Veronica is rocking this look with a pair of 3D faux-mink lashes from our favorite one dollar lash subscription, Dollar Eyelash Club, of course.

If you have any questions or comments leave them in the section below. Let us know what kind of videos and makeup tutorials you'd like to see in future and be sure to like and subscribe @dollareyelashclub. Stay tuned for a new video every single week! XOXO

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