Black Opal Launches New Foundation Shade: Rich Caramel

Great news! Black Opal has added a new color to their roster! The new shade is called Rich Caramel, and it falls between Honoluly Honey and Truly Topaz.

  • True Color Crème to Powder Foundation SPF 8
  • True Color Stick Foundation SPF 8
  • Total Coverage Concealing Foundation
  • Perfecting Powder Makeup

This shade is available now on!


Summer Beauty: DIY Tinted Moisturizer

In the Summer, I refuse to wear a lot on my face. Brands like Bobbi Brown and Laura Mercier are known to sell some of the best tinted moisturizers on the market. I opt for a tinted moisturizer, which I make myself. I take a dollop of my daily moisturizer (which happens to be something from Mario Badescu) and Make Up For Ever Face & Body foundation. You can use any foundation and moisturizer that you happen to have. I put them on the back of my hand, mix with a foundation brush, and apply.  The result is a light coverage that just gives a tint of coverage.  If you want more coverage, just add more foundation.

Best Brushes and Beauty Tools for Applying Foundation

Foundation is a makeup medium that has multiple ways of effective application.  No one way is better than the other, it’s all a matter of preference. To choose what’s best for you, try one at a time, and see which results look best. Here are some suggestions on how to apply your foundation. Please share your favorite tools in the comment section, there are products out there that we may all need to try!


The flat foundation brush has been the go to. You can lay foundation onto and into the skin. The first one that I got was the MAC 190. This is just too bulky in my opinion.  The Billy B. #2 brush($30) is more user friendly, luxury version.

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How to Choose Your Foundation by Skin Type

While this is an effective way to choose your makeup, it’s one of my least favorite ways to do so. A lot of times this can hinder your options. For example, I like to wear cream foundations from time to time, even though they tend to make me oily. So, I use oil fighting primers and powder to keep the oil away.  This way, it’s a win/win situation for me.

Clinique is one of the best companies for breaking down your skin type. I’ve never used Clinique foundations, so I can’t recommend any. They do have a pretty decent shade range and many different formulas.

Normal Skin

Luckily for you, you pretty much have your choice of anything on the market. Liquid, Cream and Powder foundations will work pretty good for you.

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How Many Foundations Does One Person Need?

I guess this all goes back to the “buying makeup for purpose or necessity” post.  I’ve realized that there are a lot of great beauty products out there.  I don’t know if it’s possible to say “This is my all time favorite [insert product here]”. As an avid beauty blogger and makeup enthusiast, I try new products all the time.  But it’s hard for me to say “Ladies, this is the foundation you need.  It’s perfect. It does everything.” I’ll use a product consecutively for a week, then “stumble” upon on of my old favorites, then throw it back into the equation.

It’s especially hard when it comes to foundations. To date, I have 6 foundations in constant rotation.

1. Make Up For Ever HD Foundation ($40)

2. Make Up For Ever Mat Velvet Foundation ($42)

3. Make Up For Ever Face and Body Foundation ($38)

4. Bobbi Brown Moisturizing Cream Foundation ($42)

5. MAC Studio Stick Foundation (discontinued)

6. Black Opal True Color Stick Foundation ($10)

Question of the Day: How many foundations do you own and what determines which one you’ll use for the day?