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Beauty Etiquetter: Righting The Wrongs Of A Foundation Faux Pas


Foundation-Faux-PasBeauty Etiquetter addresses your beauty-protocol predicaments with candid advice from industry experts and those in the know. To submit a question, e-mail celia_ellenberg@

The Quandary: How do I tell my best friend her foundation doesn’t match, without hurting her feelings?

The Expert in Residence: Ricky Wilson, Dior Celebrity Makeup Artist

The Advice: “This is something that I have had to do on many occasions, and it is a very sensitive subject. I have tried a few different approaches. I sometimes ask something like, ‘Hey, did you go tanning?’ If the answer is yes, I say, ‘Oh, so you are wearing the same foundation? Perhaps you should try to deepen it with a little bronzer or blush.’ This normally prompts them to start asking questions like, ‘Is my face too light?,’ and you can easily say, ‘Yes, it’s a tad bit light, but it’s OK, because we know how it’s a big no-no to tan the face.’

“If you have a friend that is obsessed with being dark, so they wear foundations that are many shades deeper than their skin tone, you can say, ‘Hey, I read somewhere that foundation darkens as the day goes on. Also, I found out that it’s best to add color to the face with self-tanners and bronzer because going darker with foundation on a lighter skin tone will usually result in an orange cast.’ I would say that the only reason you are mentioning it is because you care and want to share the info you learned.

“Another thing that works is going on a girls’ makeup-shopping trip. Have someone do your friend’s makeup, and right after the foundation goes on, just start spazzing at how fantastic she looks and how the color of the foundation is a perfect match. Say something like, ‘OMG! I can’t even tell you have foundation on now. It’s so perfect!”

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