Fac­ing the facts about foun­da­tion

The Daily Telegraph - Telegraph Magazine - - NEWS - Celia Walden

IT ’S A GLO­RI­OUS mid­sum­mer night and as our host­ess passes around great tray­fuls of bar­be­cued meat and veg, I try my damnedest to ig­nore the fact that her face is a dif­fer­ent colour to her neck. And I mean a com­pletely dif­fer­ent colour: th­ese two shades (the face a sticky ‘Cin­der Rose’; the neck ‘Calamine’) wouldn’t even be on the same Far­row & Ball colour card. The woman looks like a mis­as­sem­bled man­nequin.

But enough make-up sham­ing. It’s not nice and it ’s not con­struc­tive. Far bet­ter to get the High Pri­est­ess of Base, Char­lotte Til­bury, on the phone (for any­one over 40: no­body calls it foun­da­tion any more) and ex­plain where so many of us are go­ing wrong. ‘Women of­ten choose the wrong base be­cause they go for a shade that doesn’t match their skin’s un­der­tones – so it can look too yel­low, too grey or too pink.’ Given the ter­ra­cotta army I’m face d with ev­ery time I hit the streets of Lon­don be­tween April and Oc­to­ber, I’m guess­ing most Brits wrongly opt for pink.

Ev­ery woman should have at least two shades of base in any make-up bag, Til­bury points out, ‘one for sum­mer and one for win­ter ’. I know that I ’m a whole shade up in Til­bury ’s game - chang­ing Magic Foun­da­tion come June, and per­son­ally I pre­fer to switch to her Light Won­der base then too (you can’t see it in nat­u­ral light and it has an SPF15).

What’s cru­cial is to step out­side to check the colour be­fore buy­ing. ‘And don’t be afraid to mix two bases in equal par ts on to the back of your hand and blend, blend, blend’ so that you get the per­fect shade, Til­bury as­sures me. ‘ You could eas­ily be in be­tween your sum­mer and win­ter shades for some of the year,’ she ex­plains.

Lastly, Til­bur y urge s women to avoid the mis­as­sem­bled man­nequin look by ‘blend­ing just be­low the jaw­line and into the top of neck. And never f orge t t o l i ghtly a pply t o the ears also.’ Which comes as a bit of a shock: peo­ple have prob­a­bly been point­ing and laugh­ing at my bright white lug­holes for decades.

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