Mixing Foundations – Yay Or Nay?


Are you a fan of mixing your foundation?

Are you a fan of mixing your foundation?

Mixing your foundations to get your exact colour match is probably one of the oldest tricks in the beauty handbook, and one I admit that I haven’t caught on to until very recently. Ever since Bobbi Brown discontinued my beloved perfectly pale Alabaster shade, I’ve managed to buy a couple of great foundations (Nearly Naked by Revlon is one), that are all perfect except for one thing: the colour. Yes, they are all pale, but my beef is that they’re just not quite pale enough. Bare in mind that my skin tone is close to the 001 shade in the Dainty Doll foundation, so it’s a matter of finding the right colour, as well as the correct consistency.

Though I adore the dainty doll foundation, this gives a sheer coverage, rather than a matt finish that I usually prefer to wear (this finish ensures the foundation stays put all day), so in order to get a full finish effect that is the right colour, the only option for me is to mix it with something else. Some love to mix, whereas some I know hate it. I’d prefer not to have to mix all the time, but it’s something I put up with to get the perfect shade match.

I chose to mix my Dainty Doll Liquid Foundation in 001 with the Yves Saint Laurent: Touché Éclat Foundation BR10, and was delighted with the result. The YSL adapts the individual skin type and feels weightless and silky when applied. You can also build up the coverage and it won’t look heavy, but I found it was ever-so slightly too pink, so mixing it with the white colour of the Dainty Doll foundation, took away the pinkness of the YSL and left me with a perfectly matched foundation. I only needed a tiny pump from each bottle to get a good amount and as they are both really lightweight foundations, they mixed well together.


There’s both pros and cons to mixing a foundation, especially if you’re using two different brands that each sit on the skin differently, so it always helps to follow a few tips before you set out:

Tips For Mixing Foundations

  • You can find a perfect colour to suit your skin by mixing, but it is very much trial and error, so try and get samples before you purchase your shades.
  • Know what foundations suit your skin. There’s no point in mixing two oil free foundations together that will give you a perfect shade match, for example, if you have dry skin.
  • Ideally it is good to try and mix two foundations from the same brand (this ensures consistency etc), but this isn’t always going to work so if you’re mixing separate brands, be aware of what finish, texture and so on they have before mixing so as to avoid the foundation going clumpy or otherwise.
  • Make sure you try and mix your shades using a tester before you buy as remember, you’re buying two bottles which does work out expensive.
  • If low and behold, your foundations don’t come included with pumps (yes Revlon, I’m looking at you!), buy an empty, travel sized bottle with a pump (available in most Boots stores and chemists) and mix both in this container. This ensures you only need to use what you have to.
  • Application tips vary, but I find putting a small amount of each on the back of my hand and mixing them together before applying the foundation with a stipple brush does the job perfectly.

Are you a fan of mixing foundations together? What are your tried and tested methods? Have you ever mixed and got it wrong? Share all in the comments!



  1. I mix foundation in with BB Cream all the time as I find foundations generally too dry!

    • I’d love to be able to mix BB creams together, but I find they just don’t give enough coverage! The YSL foundation is fabulous, it doesn’t dry the skin at all (my skin gets super dry so I’m very fussy about which foundation I use), I think you’d love it.

  2. I mix foundation all of the time. I mainly mix my Garnier BB Cream with my foundation. It isn’t so much a color thing as it is a coverage problem. I love the foundation but it doesn’t cover as much as I would like it to.

  3. Jennifer says:

    I’ll have to try and get into BB creams, they seem to work great for most people! Maybe if I mix one with a foundation as you did, Amanda I’ll make it work? Mixing is great, can’t believe I didn’t do it sooner!

  4. I try not to mix foundations, as I never find they sit totally right on my skin afterwards, but it is such a pity when you find a foundation you love, besides it being a little too dark for you. I haven’t tried it yet, but apparently the bigger Barry M stands (or at least the ones in the UK) have a white foundation mixer thing, that’s specifically made to lighten foundations without changing the way they apply and sit on your skin, really. I can’t remember the name, but I’m sure you’d know it if you saw it! 😛

    • Wow, thanks a mill for letting me know about that Aoife, I’m definitely going to search for that; it sounds amazing! I’d love to not have to mix, but unfortunately I’ve no choice… :/


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