Hair Guru Philip B. Talks Pairing Foundation Color with Hair Color

Hair Guru Philip B. Talks Pairing  Foundation Color with Hair Color

Legendary haircare product developer and botanical formulator Philip B. knows a thing or two about visually pairing up your foundation color with your hair color.


In the last few decades, hair color technology has developed (pun intended) to the point where it is possible to markedly change hair pigment while still keeping it healthy, shiny and bouncy. If anyone knows about hair health, shine and bounce, it’s the internationally renowned formula expert Philip B.

“Hair is the frame,” he says, “and your face is the picture. But in order to look beautifully and make sense visually, their colors have to work together and not fight each other. Too often I see people changing their hair color – and this includes highlights or covering greys – without adjusting their foundation and blush at the same time. Though most non-hairdressers, non-makeup artists or non-beauty photographers won’t be able to identify exactly why, everyone can see that the result looks off somehow.”

Philip shares some insights as to what to do:

Talk to your hair colorist

“Your hairdresser is a good place to start when it comes to color insights,” says Philip. “Hairdressers will be able to tell you if your skin’s undertone is warm or cool. Chances are – and this sounds counterintuitive – they’ll choose a hair color that is opposite to what your skin tone is in order to create a pleasing balance and counteract flaws.”

Beware of the sallow

“When going from brown to blonde,” Philip notes, “the most common foundation mistake I see is that the makeup skews too yellow which makes the complexion look sallow and sickly. You’ll want to counteract that by going for peachier tones in foundation and blush.”


Do your judging outside

Philip’s advice for pairing your foundation with your hair color is to do it in natural light, sound advice for determining your makeup colors to begin with. “Daylight tells the truth!,” says Philip, “Your bathroom walls, which can influence how your skin appears, most definitely do not. You can put together a look that makes perfect sense when you see it in your bathroom mirror only for it to appear garish and weird when you get out in the real world.”


Get natural

“What with all the crazy hair colors around these days, hair doesn’t necessarily have to look natural (that is, a hue that would grow out of a human head) to be beautiful,” Philip observes. “But it does have to look logical to play well against your skin. Green hair or pink hair can be a lot of fun as long as the condition is good, it feels soft and bouncy, and it looks shiny. It’ll likely take an experienced hair colorist to get it right though.”

But the same does not hold true for skin. Skin beauty always depends on your complexion looking naturally beautiful, even on makeups where the eyes and lips are heavily painted. Because your natural skin tone shows through, Mineral Air’s Four-in-One Foundation and blushes enable skin to look like skin. And that’s what’s going to make you pretty as a picture.

What’s the difference?

Mineral Air offers two device-plus-formula categories, one for makeup, the other for skincare.
Mineral Air original (MA) includes its AirMist Device, an easy to use, everyday consumer tool that rivals professional airbrushing in its cosmetic application of our eponymous foundation, blush, or bronzer. Mineral Air Skin (MAS) features the Renewal Serum System with its ElixerMist Device for lightweight vaporized delivery.

“Daylight tells the truth!”


- Philip B.
Founder, Philip B.
IG @philipb


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