How do I tell my friend that her makeup looks bad?

The main problem is that her foundation is far too light for her skin tone and it just doesn't look right. When she wears a low cut top it looks silly because her face is practically white and her body is much darker. She is one of my best friends and I love her to bits but I'm scared to say something because she doesn't take criticism very well.


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Most Helpful Guy

  • You should bring her to a makeup artist to match her skin tone and the artist would tell her that she'll need to come in and change it frequently because our skin tone change seasonally

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Most Helpful Girl

  • I always go to Sephora with my friends. Maybe go shopping together and go into the store. You could casually mention "let's get colour matched!" For fun and she'll realize she's not wearing the correct shade

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    • I'm not sure whether there's a Sephora near me, but there are other shops which offer the same service. Thanks this is a great idea xx

    • You're welcome, you guys can get matched together so she doesn't feel singled out

    • yeah this is a good idea

What Guys Said 8

  • Buy her the right shade of foundation and say ''I saw this shade of foundation and thought it would suit you better than the one you already use''. ''I got this one for myself, lets do some makeup stuff later just for fun''.

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  • Just say, "As I friend I would want you to tell me... so I'm going to tell you." Maybe she just doesn't see it or no. There's a certain art to matching foundation to skin tone... and if she's darker she probably tends to tan in the sun so she probably needs multiple shades. Maybe take her for a beauty consultation at Ulta (or the equivalent) or something. Just tell her you're having "girl time" together.

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  • Watch some makeup videos with her that show how to do it properly.

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  • Hold a mirror and say. This is what me see ct.fra.bz/.../...2fae71f37e363323d954d4ba7a44f.jpg didn't know circus was In town

    That should do it she should take the message now

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  • How about you write this opinion as a tag on her mirror!.. So she noticed when she is turning herself ugly again

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  • If she didn't ask for your opinion it's probably best to keep your thoughts to yourself. Like the old saying goes off you don't have anything nice to say don't say anything at all.

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    • I appreciate what you're saying but that's a bit of a negative viewpoint. She is my friend and I want her to look good. I don't like hearing people sniggering behind her back.

  • If you're friends just tell her flat out that her makeup doesn't look quite right...

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  • on a serious note

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What Girls Said 17

  • I know some people who purposely wearing their foundation lighter than their skin tone. My Asian female friends are very known for it. However, they make sure to do all down their necks and part of their chest that shows. I know for them it's a cultural thing, having pale skin. As for your friend, she might have bought the wrong shade, but not been able to take it back, and doesn't have money for another. Or she may not be able to tell it's too light.

    I know I have like 3 tubes of foundation that are too dark, but I'm stuck with them. I bought a white foundation to mix with them and make them lighter though, so my problem is mostly fixed.

    I'd just be blunt and tell her it's too light. I used to wear a lot of eye-liner until someone kindly pointed out that it wasn't all that flattering. I didn't know I was wearing so much because looking at my own face it just seemed different. But when a photo was taken of me, I could see how much it really was.

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  • my bff put on so much mascara it looked like she had 6 thick eyelashes on each eye ftw I laughed hard at her and told her to wash it off that id do it right for her 😊 she let me and complained all the way her mascara was sht so I gave her mine.. I always have at least two lol

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  • Try this,

    "hey! you know what i found this amazing website/store (find one) that will tell you the MOST ACCURATE foundation for your skin tone, they NEVER go wrong, im going, lets go together?"

    Answer mine too please?
    www.girlsaskguys.com/.../q2074816-how-do-i-control-my-feelings

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  • Take her to a makeup store and ask one of the experts there to give her a foundation that matches her skin. I agree with you it can be embarrassing to point out when someone wears a foundation different to their skin colour. My cousin tends to wear a foundation that matches my skin colour which looks really tacky cause it ends up with her face being greyish and her skin dark

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  • You should try to tell her about it nicely. Maybe she's just got a different taste (I used to do that on purpose, but I am also very light already), in which case it would not be offensive. One friend of mine actually once told me that my haircut sucks, and I was very relieved that she told me (because I secretly hated that hairstyle on me).

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  • Just bluntly tell her that she needs to find a shade of foundation closer to her actual skin tone and that you will help her.

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  • Show her a picture and tell her, then maybe offer to take her to a makeup store to get colour matched so she can get herself some better foundation.

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  • Offer to take her make up shopping or something, so she can get matched properly at a make up counter. Reinforce the fact that she looks a lot better with the correct shade.

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  • Then don't say anything. She'll think you're jealous or something and it will only ruin your friendship

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  • just suggest her to try another foundation shade at a professional store

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  • Maybe you can go make up shopping together and get her to test some different foundations and buy her the one you find has the best shade as a gift.

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  • Have a sleepover with her or something, just do something with her that would mean at one point having to put on makeup together. Then when she's putting on her foundation ask to see the bottle. Be all like 'wow, this is the shade you are using? It seems a little light for you. You've gotten tanner." Act nice and nonchalant about it. Then a few years later tell her that her makeup was hideous back then and laugh about it.

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  • i say you tell her about the color difference bc I'm sure she would rather want you to say something instead of having everyone else look at her funny

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    • Do you not think it bad to deliberately hurt her feelings?

    • well it may hurt her feelings but its probably better for her in the long run. i know she probably would rather have you tell her instead of some stranger

    • I would do what a couple people have said about going to get colour matched. No sense hurting her feeling and once she finds something that works for her she will most likely keep buying it. If anything the people who work there will tell her that what she's wearing is too light

  • give her foundation samples

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  • "(Fill in friends name) your foundation is too light. Wanna go to Sephora to get you matched?"

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  • Give her makeup tips, offer to show her how to do her makeup correctly

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  • Tell her she'll gorgeous but she'll look even better with a foundation darker.

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