How To Make the Perfect Liquid Foundation with SPF

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Sometimes great ideas are borne out of mistakes. I often find that the case with beauty products. Recently I ordered the WELL PEOPLE Altruist Mineralist Foundation, which I absolutely love for its ability to build from sheer to full coverage while always looking natural. I took advantage of Integrity Botanicals’ great sampling program to help me figure out which shade I needed in the foundation. The trouble started because I ordered those samples during the middle of summer when my coloring was at it’s darkest. By the time I ordered and received the foundation shade that matched my summer glow, I could tell within weeks that I’d gone too dark with my selection.

What was I to do with my brand new foundation that was just a hint too dark? Tossing it in the back of my makeup drawer until next summer was not an option—it’s too good! I thought of how Shirley, one of the founders and makeup artists behind WELL PEOPLE, had blended her mineral foundation into the One Love Organics Skin Savior Multi-Tasking Wonder Balm when she did my makeup once. Blending these two products together created a creamy foundation that was gorgeous and nourishing. I decided to take this concept one step further. I didn’t have the Skin Savior on hand, but I did have something just as amazing that also includes SPF—the Kari Gran Three Sixty Five SPF 28.

This new SPF serum from Kari Gran has been a favorite since it launched this summer. I’ve been so impressed with the beautiful formula made with naturally protective oils like red raspberry seed oil and French plum seed oil. With 9 ingredients total, Three Sixty Five is perfect for sensitive skin, and it wears just like a daily facial oil, replacing the need for an additional moisturizer in most cases—especially during this time of year. I love the way that the Three Sixty Five SPF 28 brightens and evens out my complexion, creating an almost airbrushed effect. The catch is that it’s not completely invisible—the non-nano zinc oxide leaves a barely there trace. It is a non-nano mineral sunblock after all.

While I’m pale enough for this not to matter so much, it occurred to me that the Kari Gran Three Sixty Five SPF 28 would be the perfect medium to mix in my slightly too dark WELL PEOPLE Altruist Mineral Foundation. I was right, and now I’m obsessed with my “new” liquid foundation with SPF. Here’s how I do it—first I tap a small amount of the WELL PEOPLE Altruist Mineral Foundation into the palm of my hand. You don’t need a lot at all and you can customize the amount used based on the type of coverage you want. Then I add one pump of the Kari Gran Three Sixty Five SPF 28 to the foundation and blend right in the palm of my hand. The two blend quickly and seamlessly in a matter of seconds. You can see the liquid foundation coming together right before your eyes. This is all it takes to completely cover my entire face. I smooth this combination over my skin using my fingers to blend, and voila—I’m moisturized, protected and even-toned. Any hint of white from the SPF is gone and the once too dark foundation is now a perfect match.

Do you have a similar beauty hack? Have you tried this trick at home?

2 thoughts on “How To Make the Perfect Liquid Foundation with SPF

  1. Thanks for sharing this. Shirley once taught me to mix W3LL People foundation powder with Odacite Acai Rose Serum to produce a lovely, moisturizing liquid foundation. However, I really like your idea of mixing foundation powder with some type of sunscreen. (I’ll have to check out Kari Gran Three Sixty Five SPF 28!) The fewer the steps for me to get ready in the morning, the better!

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About Susannah Compton

Susannah Compton is the founder and formulator behind Florescent, a line of 100% botanical perfumes she blends in small batches from organic and wild crafted aromatics. Plant-based skincare and cosmetics are a way of life for Susannah, who writes about clean beauty and the benefits of botanical ingredients for No More Dirty Looks, Thoughtfully Magazine and Integrity Botanicals. Florescent, however, is Susannah’s personal expression of healthy beauty. Susannah has been working with botanical aromatics for years, blending first for therapeutic purposes before delving into the art of perfumery. Having rarely experienced the depth and complexity of true botanicals in conventional perfume, she learned the art of blending and created what her heart desired — a scent that would move her the way perfume should. In search of those elevating, ethereal bouquets of scent, Susannah honed her skills behind the perfume bench. She launched Florescent in the spring of 2015 to share the lush experience and pleasing ritual of real perfume.