The expression 'never say never' comes to mind. Unintentionally, I have kind of started doing make-up for others. It was this fabulous review of a sample of my blush that presented me with the first challenge: duplicating a color.
Note-taking monster that I am, I figured I had fighting chance of matching the color by checking old notes. However, my notes revealed that the original blush color was based on a color base from an even earlier session. The older notes weren't detailed enough to be of any use.
This is one of the reasons I don't do make-up for others. Luckily, I had saved a sample of the desired color powder mixture.
Save The Faves
The ideal way to duplicate a make-up color is to match it before it is added to the product (In this case, a cream blush). As soon as color is added to a cream, pencil base, etc, it will take on a different hue and be even more difficult to match. Therefore, always save a sample of your fave color mixtures so you have something to compare to when your friends and family members start voicing requests.
Even if you are super diligent about taking notes, trial and error is the only way to match a color when doing smaller portions. The small container in this picture contains the original color. The larger container is the new batch. The amount will tend to 'grow' as you adjust and fine-tune the color. This may not be very visible in this photo, but the new color is a bit too 'cold' (too much blue).
The color is worked into a dollop of cream (I used Herbal Repair Toning Eye Solution as the base), transferred to a plastic bag and worked down to a corner.
Here is the final product next to the original blush sample. (The shadow on the original sample makes it look a bit darker in this pic). Both in the container and on the skin, it's a perfect match.
I am quite surprised at how this color is equally flattering on all 3 of the distinctly different skin teints that have tried it.
PS. This color mixture consists entirely of pearlized colors, so it was just a question of sifting colors together. (If working with matt colors, it is necessary to use a powder grinder). The matching process came down to adding a bit of this and that, thoroughly sifting the mixture, checking and just repeating the entire process until the color looked right. The color matching process took me about half an hour and resulted in enough color for several more blush batches.
Have you ever duplicated a color? Any tips to share?