Get Your Perfect Match with Shade Adjusting Drops from The Body Shop
I always struggle with finding the right foundation shades since I fall in that medium skin tone array and every brand that I try is either tad bit darker or a tad bit lighter, never just perfect. And thus I have all sorts of wrong hued foundations bottles stacked up in my makeup stash. Looking at this photo makes me wonder how did I end up with shades that dark. That thin looking bottle back there is a MAC concealer that I bought a couple of months back and now wonder how is it possible that I ended up with a concealer so dark, let alone any lighter. So these tragic cases end up getting pushed and shoved to the back benches and eventually make their way to the trash.
A couple of weeks back, I was browsing Body shop for their Fresh Nude foundation and the colour that the staff thought was perfect for me clearly was way too dark (tragedy of being medium toned). So after quite a bit of umms and aams, she brought the Shade Adjusting Drops and that’s when it dawned upon me that this was a way to wake up those back benchers and get some use out of them. Didn’t buy the foundation that she suggested, but I sure did buy the lightening drops.
It comes in two variants – lightening drops for fair to medium tones and darkening drops for darker skin tones. They address the peachy and ashy undertone problems of both the skin types. A drop equals half a shade lighter or darker so you can build down or build up the shades by keeping a track of how many drops you add. Adding these drops doesn’t change the texture of the foundation. It best compliments the liquid foundations but I have tried it with gel formulations and BB/CC creams and it work equally well.
My foundations look very different on me on a day to day basis varying with the PH levels of my skin so one day something looking very natural might look ashy by next week so having these lightening drops around means I don’t end up frowning so much now when I see myself in the mirror for base application.
Something to keep in mind is that this mingling technique is for the weekends or for when you have a bit of time to play the mix and match game. It is certainly not for the Monday to Friday go-to-office schedule. But for when there is time, this comes in very handy. I am now getting use out of some lovely foundations that were just gathering dust for quite some time.