Sunday Stash Shopping #27: Mixing Foundations

Do you have the urge to do your experiments sometimes? I like my Giorgio Armani Maestro Fusion Makeup, but I also want more coverage to tone down the redness on my skin. I like my Make Up For Ever HD Foundation, but at times, I’d like for it to feel lighter on my skin. Also, the MUFE HD foundation is 3 years old, and I’m giving it another month before throwing it out. Sometimes I do wonder if I need to. I keep it in my drawer which is cool, dry and dark, the smell remained the same, and so is the texture. My skin doesn’t react badly to it, and basically, everything’s just normal. I know some of you might be freaking out right now, that I’m using an old foundation, but don’t worry. This and the Mat Velvet + foundation will be thrown out after this post. I bought both at the same time, and the Mat Velvet + is too heavy for my skin already. I used to prefer full coverage, but not anymore :-)

 

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So anyway, back to mixing foundations. I like to use half a pump of the MUFE HD foundation, mixed with 2-3 drops of the GA Maestro. I blend them together at the back of my hand, put a few dots of the mixed foundations at the centre of my face, then use a brush to even out the foundation on my face. I sometimes like to use my hands and sometimes I use a brush. Both work well. The result? A smooth light texture with just enough coverage. The shades don’t have to match etiher. The MUFE is a light neutral while the GA Maestro runs a little pink. When mixed, it just blends into my skin. I guess the GA Maestro doesn’t really make much difference since it’s so so so so sheer >_< I need to try mixing the GA Maestro with my other foundations now that the MUFE HD will be thrown out. Darn.

 

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Do you mix your foundations? It’s nothing new, really, but finding the right mix of texture is important to me personally. Have you been doing any fun things with makeup lately? Hit me up and I’ll try out your suggestions :-)

 

xoxo Lily

 

 

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  • http://www.noodlesdoodleswithpretties.blogspot.com 38noodles

    Great idea! I’ve been chicken and only mixed pretty similar textured foundys, or if I really like the formula, I might have it in 2 shades so I can alter the shade accordingly.
    I’m waaay worse than you with expiration dates. If it doesn’t look/smell weird and doesn’t break me out, I don’t see why I can’t keep using it (be it makeup or skincare), unless because I’m clearing out the stash.

    • Lily

      I’m now having second thoughts about throwing it out. Lol lol

  • http://beautyreflectionsblog.com TracyBeautyReflections

    I need to start mixing! I keep forgetting about doing that.
    If it doesn’t smells bad, I say keep it. MUFE HD is in a pump so no air gets in there, so pfft it should be fine I think!

    • Lily

      Right? So I should keep it? Heh

  • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

    Hey Lily, I’ve actually never really mixed foundations! I am pretty ruthless when it comes to bases. Unless I like the shade, finish, and so on, I just don’t bother! I recently started mixing Dior Glow Maximizer into the foundation for my cheeks though. That experiment turned out well!

    • Lily

      I usually like my foundations at the time of purchase but my preference definitely change. So this is a good way to mix and match with existing stash :-)

  • Bella

    I regularly mix different shades of the same foundation (Nars Sheer Glow, Becca Radiant Something), but I have never mixed different foundations. My skin changes colour so fast and so often that I have to do shade mixes, but I like the consistency and undertone to be perfect to start with.

    • Lily

      I like to have different textures and coverage myself but in general, I prefer something light. I’m more anal about getting the right shade and tone first. Lol

  • Icaria

    I’ve done this many times in the past especially to get the right color but recently it’s been using a BB with a little mineral makeup over especially on my cheeks to even things out. I’m with Tracy on the throwing away thing. Pump, no air and smells fine? I’d keep it. :)

    • Lily

      Ok I’m so keeping it now. Maybe for a few more months

  • http://www.lenallure.com/ Lena L

    This is definitely not a new concept but it is also hard to find a good combo. It requires intuition and experiments! Lucky you have enjoyed this combination. I don’t own any of the two, but it does sound great. I gotta start experimenting with my foundations, too. :)

    • Lily

      Oh you should. It’s kinda fun :-)

  • http://beautyreductionista.blogspot.ca/ Liz

    I mix too if there are a bunch of shades that aren’t exactly a match or I don’t like the finish of either one. It sounds like the MUFE can still be used, but I hear you — 3 years for a liquid sounds gross even if it’s probably still fine.

    • Lily

      Ok I’ve decided to keep this for a few more months but getting rid of the mat velvet +. I think. Maybe. Lol

  • http://www.glambunctious.com/ Kristen / Glambunctious

    Ya know, I have a few times before but never with any kind of dedication to finding “the one”. The mix of perfection, so to speak! I think I might try it this week. I want full coverage with light feeling, so maybe I’ll mix Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua (which I believe is constructed entirely of cherub’s wings it’s so light) and one of my heavy hitter full coveragers like Estee Lauder Double Wear Camouflage Makeup, which could cover a zombie bite, I’m convinced. Thanks for the inspiration, peaches! :)

    • Lily

      I think for me, it’s a no brainer, because I just want the texture to be lighter. The GA Maestro Fusion is super light, so it’ll kinda “water down” other heavier foundations. The Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua is very light, yes. You just gave me an idea. I should use that too!

  • http://girlbehindglasses.wordpress.com/ Nikki P.

    I’ve recently started mixing some of my foundations for days when I want more coverage but without that cakey, heavy feeling. I want to do it everytime I apply my foundation but I always dispense too much product and I end up having too much foundation on the back of my hand. Ack!

    • Lily

      LOL I don’t mind having some extra at the back of my hand as long as the ‘mixture’ is right :-) I get that as well, sometimes, but after a few times, I get the right amount!