"Nakita your make-up is always applied flawlessly, but I don't think that shade of foundation is right for your skin-tone Let's set a date to go shopping for a brand that I think will be a better match for you."
At that time I was wearing Revlon Colour Stay Liquid Foundation in Cappuccino, which had been tested and recommended by the Revlon sales rep. I decided that I had nothing to loose and we went make-up shopping.
My co-worker tested Iman Cream to Powder Foundation in Earth 4 on my face and I noticed the difference immediately. I looked and felt amazing.
It was a perfect match compared to Revlon which had my skin looking slightly ashy. The Iman sales rep recommended Clay-Medium-Dark Pressed Powder to set the Foundation but that shade was out of stock.
I went to another location and the sales rep there was shocked when I asked for that shade. She told me that she wears Clay-Medium-Dark and it would be to light for me. I believed her because her complexion was much lighter than mine and her make-up looked perfect. She told me that Earth Dark would be a better match for me, and it was.
That was a near miss for me, I am thankful that it worked out in my favour in the end. I received so many compliments it was unbelievable.
Everyone has not been that lucky; I wasn't when I was told to buy the Revlon product.
Unless you normally use a particular make-up product you will not know which shade to buy. Make-up sales reps therefore have a critical role and enormous responsibility helping you to choose the correct shades and types of products. But as you have seen here; sometimes they make mistakes.
Here are some tips when testing foundation/powder
- It shouldn't stand out e.g be lighter or darker on your skin.
- It should blend with you skin and make it look better.
- It should enhance and look flawless and natural.
Here is an easy way to remember -
your foundation/powder should always BE (pronounced be) - Blend and Enhance .
Do you have any make-up questions that you would like me to answer or any topics that you would like me to write about? Leave a comment below or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org .
"...because your make-up should always BE (Blend and Enhance)." - Nakita Squires