War on color. The artist paints the skin tone with purple, white, black and yellow undertones in Amy Sherald’s Michelle LaVaughn Robinson Obama (2017) oil on linen, from The National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC. In Sherald’s portrait, Michelle wears a dress similar to the style of Balenciaga.
Spike Lee Oscars
In Spike Lee’s 2018 joint “BlacKkKlansman” during the Black Student Union scene, the speaker tells the students that they must make their own unique skin colors beautiful in the world.
Tarte Face Tape Foundation
Cosmetics companies are trying to keep up with customer demand for more and more shade ranges of foundation. NYX Can’t Stop Won’t Stop Foundation has 45 shades and Covergirl TruBlend Foundation has 40, but Tarte Cosmetics hit controversy last year, because it did not release a full-range of colors in its foundations, but in 2019, Tarte released 50 shades in its foundations. You paint your unique color.
An artist brings the woman to life by painting color on her, in American Sculptor John De Andrea Self portrait with Sculpture (1980), made of polyvinyl and oil paint, from a Private Collection and is on view at the Met in NYC.
YouTube Makeup Tutorials
Mix shades like an artist, similarly beauty Gurus on YouTube who have access to the best and most expensive foundations, which are not in arms reach of most customers. Beauty Gurus like Nicol Concilio (she typically uses Kylie Jenner, Colourpop Cosmetics, and Smashbox Studios, even through her breakup), and she tends to mix 2 different shades from 1 brand, but the way that the gurus mix is not the correct approach as an artist would do. If you mix 2 shades to make the perfect 1, but you only use a foundation brush, then the mix will become streaky.
Blend Two Foundations
Secret blend. The secret to getting the perfect blend of 2 different shades to match your unique skin tone using the artist’s method with a palette knife to blend the 2 foundation colors together, or you can use a butter knife.
Mix the 2 shades with an artist’s palette knife and you will experience the true nature of the foundation. It will not become streaky on your foundation brush and not on your face.
Since foundations are the base for your makeup look, if you need to invest in 2 to 3 shades to create the perfect match for your unique skin tone, then try it out. You can mix the shades at different proportions to cover you differently, when you are darkly moonlit, suntan kissed, or snow bright glow.
The artist painted sun-kiss on a mold around a real woman in John De Andrea’s Model in Repose (1981), polyvinyl, oil paint, mixed media, from the National Galleries of Scotland, Edinburgh, Scotland.
Three is the charm. Get the shade closest to your skin tone, then get the lightest shade and also the darkest shade in the collection. You can mix parts of the lightest and the darkest going into your middle shade, to create your own personal look with all three shades together.