Foundation, as we all know, is a makeup essential used to beautify the face. It doesn’t just beautify the face, it also conceals its flaws- I mean, blemishes, acne, scars, dark spots and it creates a more even skin tone. The goal is that the foundation shouldn’t be seen at all, with this in mind, it’s best to choose a shade that lets your skin look like skin.
I have put together some tips that would help when choosing a perfect foundation shade.
Know your skin tone
- Understand your undertone: It’s best you understand your undertone before you choose a foundation. Generally, people fall into these 3 categories:
Warm – If you have a warm undertone, your skin will be yellow, peachy, or golden.
Cool – If you have a cool undertone, your skin will lean red, pink, or blue.
Neutral – If you have a neutral undertone, your skin will have a combination of both warm and cool colors.
- Determine your undertone: There are a number of ways to determine your undertone.
What is your eye and hair color? You are cool-toned if you have green, blue or grey eyes with black, blond or brown hair. You are most likely to be warmed-toned if you have brown, red, black or strawberry blonde hair with brown, amber or hazel eyes.
What color are your veins? check the inside of your wrist. Do your veins look green or blue? If they look green, you are warm-toned. If blue, you are cold-toned.
Find the perfect shade
Now that you know your skin tone, its time to make a choice. Are you still uncertain about the shade to pick? Here are some tips:
warm undertones: consider shades like golden, chestnut, tan, caramel, and beige.
cool undertones: consider shades like rose, cocoa, sable, and porcelain.
neutral undertones: consider shades like buff, praline, ivory, or nude.
Ladies! Stop testing foundation on your wrist, arm or hand, it’s not always accurate. The best spot to test a foundation is your cheek down to your neck. This is because the skin there reveals your natural undertone and also gives an idea of how the foundation will look.
So, pick a few shades that are closest to your skin tone, swatch some foundation on your cheek down to your neck and let it sit for a few minutes and see how it adjusts to your skin. Sometimes foundation gets slightly darker when it mixes with other elements and oil on your skin.
Test under natural light! Don’t trust fluorescent lighting, head outside to see how the foundation looks in natural light.
I hope this was helpful. Let me know your thoughts in the comment section.