Mixology: Creating The Perfect Foundation

Finding the perfect foundation that will suit your skin’s every need, all year round, might be next to impossible. That’s when mixing your products comes in handy! By creating little cocktails with foundations, highlighters, oils and what not, you’ll be able to modify the finish, the properties and the colour of your foundation, thus perfecting your makeup overall. Here are a few examples of the foundation cocktails I regularly use.

The Coverage

Sometimes, a foundation will provide the right finish, the right colour, but just not quite the right coverage. I like playing with consistency to get the coverage I want, whether it’s to add coverage to a foundation or to sheer it out. To get the full coverage of a long wear foundation, but the lightweight feel of a sheer foundation, add a few drops of the full coverage foundation or full coverage concealer to a sheer foundation. This way, you get fuller coverage without the heaviness of the full coverage foundation. You can also add a few drops of a very liquid foundation to a thicker or creamy foundation to make it less heavy on the skin.

For example: I love the MAC face and body foundation, but it’s a very sheer foundation. To get more coverage, I add a pump or two or the MAC pro longwear concealer or a few drops of the Marc Jacob Re(marc)able Full Cover Foundation Concentrate.


The Finish

If your skin is feeling oily but you still want it to look healthy and luminous, add a few drops of a radiant foundation or liquid highlighter to a matte foundation. This way, you still get the mattifying power of the foundation while giving your skin a healthy glow. You can also add a liquid highlighter to any foundation for added radiance.

For example: The Make up for ever HD foundation is a great foundation, but it’s pretty basic. To give it a little more luminosity, add a few drops of a liquid highlighter, mix, and voilà! (I use the Josie Maran Argan Illuminizer, which, I believe, as been repackaged as the Josie Maran Argan Enlightenment Illuminizer.)


The Properties

If, however, your skin is feeling particularly dry, mix a hydrating foundation or a few drops of face oil into your foundation for added hydration. Your foundation will apply more smoothly over dry patches and will look more natural and less cakey.

For example: I love my Marc Jacob Re(marc)able Full Cover Foundation Concentrate, but especially during the winter, it tends to dry out my skin. By adding a few drops of the Kiehl’s Midnight recovery concentrate or the Josie Maran 100% Pure Argan Oil Light, the application is much smoother and my dry patches aren’t as visible.


The Colour

I have a very precise skin tone for which almost every foundation is too yellow or too pink. And I know we’re a lot out there with this problem, especially those with pale skin. Very few brands offer truly neutral shades, so that’s when mixing comes in handy. If a foundation is too pink, add a few drops of a yellow undertone foundation, and vice-versa. I suggest adding only a few drops at a time to avoid getting it too yellow, or too pink and wasting your foundations.

For example: I bought the Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Foundation when I came back from vacation. I had a bit more of a tan, and it seemed perfect at the time. But since then, my tan as faded and now the foundation is a bit too dark and too pink. So, I mix in a few drops of a lighter yellow undertone foundation to neutralize it and make it a bit lighter. If I want more coverage, I’ll mix it with the Marc Jacob Re(marc)able Full Cover Foundation Concentrate, and if I want a lighter coverage, I’ll mix it with the MAC face and body foundation.


The same goes for a foundation that is too light or too dark. You can simply add a few drops of a lighter or darker foundation to adjust the colour. For those of you that have a true ivory complexion and for which even the lightest foundations available are often just a little too dark, I recommend turning to concealers. Concealers tend to be available in lighter shades then foundation, so try mixing a little bit of a light concealer to your foundation.

For example: Deep into winter, most of my foundation are too dark for me. So, I’ll add a pump or two of the MAC pro longwear concealer in the shade NW15, which will make my foundation much lighter.


  • Tip! Be aware of mixing water-based products and oil-based products, because as you know, water and oil do not mix, and your foundation will separate and disappear.


Like I’ve said before, there are no definite rules to this. Create your own little lab and try out new things out. If it doesn’t work, then learn from it. And hey, it’s only makeup, it can be washed away at any given time.

If you have any suggestions or tips, please share! 🙂

Thank you so much for reading, xo

Jamie A.

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