Some of you will probably know this tip, but it’s something that I had to learn the hard way *sighs* so I decided to share it anyway as it may prevent some of you from making the same mistake I did and throw away your hard-earned money. Here’s my story.
Never trust the harsh lights in the stores
Drugstore foundations just don’t work for me, they are simply all too dark for my pale skin. So after I left high school and my budget slightly improved I decided to finally purchase a high-end foundation and went to a department store where I stopped at several counters. There, I checked out a few testers and finally stumbled across one that seemed to match my skintone perfectly!
I don’t remember what foundation it was (it was from Elizabeth Arden though) but I do recall hearing birds singing and bells tolling and just floating on cloud nine. Yes, I was that happy. After years of wearing orange foundation (I just couldn’t afford anything else), now I would finally look my pretty pale self, only more polished, flawless and natural. Needless to say, I bought it straight away.
And then I went home and my happiness was crushed when I realised the foundation was at least a couple of shades darker than my skintone! Mind you, it was still an improvement from drugstore foundation. At least it did look darker but not orange, but still, how could this have happened?! Well, I was so carried away in the shop that I forgot to check out the shade under natural light!
Always check out products under natural light (or ask for samples if you can’t)
The lights in the shops can be really deceiving and make the shades look completely different from what they are. Doesn’t matter whether you are buying a foundation, eyeshadow, lipstick or whatever, always, always take 5 minutes to walk out of the shop, take out your mirror from your purse (always take one with you when shopping for makeup) and check out the color under natural light or you might end up with a shade that doesn’t suit you at all.
I know that’s not always possible, especially now in winter when the sun goes down so early, but if that’s the case simply ask for a sample, especially if you’re thinking of purchasing an expensive product that you can’t return. That way you can test it out at home at your leisure, and if you find the shade is wrong for you or not as flattering and pretty as you though it would be you won’t have wasted your hard-earned money on something that you can’t wear.
Do you check out makeup products under natural light when shopping?