There are SO many factors to consider when choosing a foundation. There's the level of coverage, the consistency, how long the formula actually lasts. But the most important factor, without question, is finding the right shade for your skin tone. Because if it's not *right*, well, we all know what that looks like. Heed these words: Fluorescents. Forgive. Nothing.
While, thankfully, there are more shade options than ever before, finding that perfect match is still tricky. Even your ride-or-die formula can feel like it needs some tweaking—it's "almost right" versus being the one. You're settling. Not to mention the fact that complexions, by nature, are prone to change. You could be more pale or vitamin-D-happy depending on what time of the year it is.
Recognizing this conundrum, brands (props to Cover FX for getting there first) have started rolling out foundation "drops," which are pure liquid pigments that can be squeezed into foundation with a serum-style dropper to lighten/darken/diffuse color as needed. Lately, we're loving The Body Shop's Shade Adjusting Drops (another game-changing Reddit find), which blend seamlessly without sheering down the formula.
The lightening shade not only brightens the color, but also neutralizes unwanted orangey or yellowish tones. Similarly, the darkening shade deepens color while offsetting ashiness with a mix of black and red pigments (although too much of it seems to read gray, so consider yourself warned). Beauty vloggers have even started using the stuff to darken their foundation for contouring as it mimics shadows on the face, which is so clever.
With summer ahead and change afoot for your skin tone—though, really, you should be wearing SPF everyday—these drops are a perfect hack for a seamless transition.
The Body Shop Shade Adjusting Drops, $20; thebodyshop-usa.com.
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