Q. Help! I never know what foundation to use because my face is two different colors. Any suggestions?
A. It is not unusual -- particularly in the African American community -- to have an uneven skin tone. Generally, the skin will be lighter toward the center of the face, with a darker color appearing around the edges down to the neck.
Using a lighter foundationall over is usually not a good choice. It’s much easier to deepen skin tone with foundation than to lighten it. When you apply light foundation on darker skin it tends to look gray (ashen) and unnatural. Also, the lighter color won’t blend into the neck area properly, giving you the illusion of wearing a mask.
The best way to work with this situation is usually to purchase two foundations. You can create a “spotlight” effect that is very attractive and draws attention to the center of the face (this is the technique used on Starr Jones). The lighter foundation is used as a highlight toward the center of the face; the darker is used as contour around the edges. Another option (perhaps a little easier for every day) is to choose the shade that matches your neck. The center of your face will look deeper in tone and your all-over look will be even.