If your skin has a natural “mask” to it, that is, it has a tendency to be darker around the outer edges of the faces and lighter on the interior of the face, you have a condition called facial masking, which sometimes occurs in women with bronze and ebony skin tones. With a littler practice, it’s easy to correct facial masking by using the following simple application techniques:
1. First, it’s essential to conduct a stripe test across the cheek and the jaw to determine the two foundation shades you will need to create a more even look. It takes two foundation shades to correct your facial masking: one to brighten the darker areas and one to deepen the lighter areas. The goal of your stripe test is to find the two shades that, when applied to the opposite areas of your skin, meet in between and give you a more even skin tone.
2. Apply the lightest shade to the darker areas and blend well.
3. Apply the darkest shade to the lighter areas and blend well.
4. Finish with the using two loose powders one to match your natural color and one to highlight the “oval” on your face, including your forehead, under the eyes, on top of the cheekbones, and the tip of your chin.