There are several types of foundation, all with different uses and benefits. For film and TV it is necessary to avoid too much orange in the colour as the camera is very sensitive to reds. Unless the materials are especially bought for a particular artist, a make-up artist needs to have a variety of colours and makes of foundation. It is important to know how to mix two or three colours to match different skin tones. Do not be tempted by the names of foundations. Colours must be tested on the skin. A kit can contain only so much and, in principle, six colours are all that may be needed: fair, medium and dark for white skins; fair, medium and dark for black skins. Thus, most skin tones can be catered for. However, skin tones do vary ...

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