How to Lighten Foundation Color

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Finding the right color foundation for your skin tone provides a building block for your overall beauty toolkit. If you choose a color that is too dark, you can wait until the seasons change to use it as you tan. But expensive foundation doesn't have to sit in a drawer or get tossed out. Customize the tone at home. Rather than let a bottle go to waste, turn a would-be beauty blunder into a signature product.

Step 1

Dab a nickel-sized dot of foundation that needs lightening on the back of your hand.

Step 2

Add a dime-sized dot of untinted moisturizer to the nickel-sized dot of foundation on your hand.

Step 3

Mix the foundation and moisturizer together using your finger or a brush.

Step 4

Compare the blended color of foundation to the skin on the inside of your wrist. The new color should either match the color of the inside of your wrist, or be a shade lighter.

Step 5

Continue to add small drops of moisturizer to the new mixture until you reach a blend that works with your skin tone.