For years, artists at the MAC counter put me in NW45. It always looked unnatural. It was too red and made me look like I purposely put foundation on for the day. Finally, one of the trainers did my makeup, placed me in NC50 foundation and NW43 powder around the perimeter of the face. That's the day I looked like my most natural self with makeup on.
The Situation at Hand
Ever since I created the NC50 vs. NW45 video on Youtube, I've received at least 30 comments/emails/messages asking why I don't just mix the two. Well, the idea of highlight and contour makes up the bulk of this decision. I don't like just being one color all over. I like to add some "dimension" to the face. It's seriously something we should all consider (if you really want to purchase multiple products). My method of choice is wearing a natural colored foundation, and a darker powder. You could do this by using two foundations, a concealer and foundation, etc. Remember, there are no rules!
Also, this is the same reason they tell people to use bronzer in the areas that the sun would hit. They don't tell you to blend it in all over the face. It's all about the contour.
Remember this image?
This is from my article about why we sometimes must wear two foundations. My cheeks, chin, nose and anything below the forehead match well. The forehead however....no. I will need that darker foundation around the forehead, into my hair line, around the temple, to make me look like my natural self.
I'm not saying anything is wrong with mixing, that's totally fine. I just don't want to do it.