You apply your foundation in the morning in what you think is a well-matched shade until 3pm rolls around and one glimpse in the mirror reveals your face has turned orange. What’s happened? You’ve got a classic case of orange-foundation-face. This happens to the best of us because oily skin is tricky-the constant release of oil can alter the color of foundation, powder and concealer. Don’t worry. Help is on the way.
To prevent it: First things first, to avoid color-changing makeup, stick with the right shades and use them in the right places. Different parts of the face have different undertones, which is why at least two different colors are necessary. “Use a peachy color to cancel out blue tones (like under the eyes) and a beige or yellow-based one for the rest of the face,” says Sarah Lucero, celebrity makeup artist and director of education for Stila Cosmetics. “If you use your under-eye makeup to knock out redness, the color will turn.”
To correct it: Rather than trying to cover up any color changes with more makeup, Lucero says you’re better off blotting off the excess with a tissue or blotting paper. “I also like to take the BeautyBlender ($20), wet it and use it like a stamp to reactivate makeup without adding any extra product.”
For a perfect finish: Bare Escentuals bareMinerals SPF 15 Matte Foundation ($28) leaves skin looking shine-free without any shifts in color or placement. Plus, the soft powder buffs seamlessly into skin to give an end result that’s similar to a cream or liquid makeup.
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