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How to Find the Perfect Foundation Color

September 3, 2020

Matching foundation isn’t for the faint at heart. Ok, maybe it isn’t that dire but, if you haven’t spent hours standing in front of twenty foundation shades have you really lived? Here are some easy tips to remember when looking for the perfect shade. Determine Your Undertone Believe it or not, your skin tone is […]

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How to Match Your Foundation
How to Match Your Foundation

Matching foundation isn’t for the faint at heart. Ok, maybe it isn’t that dire but, if you haven’t spent hours standing in front of twenty foundation shades have you really lived? Here are some easy tips to remember when looking for the perfect shade.

Determine Your Undertone

Believe it or not, your skin tone is far more than just light or dark.  Undertones play into helping determine which shades of any makeup look best on you.  Undertones define your skin as cool, warm or neutral. Warm undertones typically have traces of gold and red in their skin; these complexions tend to have more olive and tan easily.  Cool undertones have hints of pink and blue and generally tend to burn easily. Neutral undertones have an equal mix of cool and warm. If you don’t know your undertone, ask yourself these questions:

Does your skin tan easily and rarely sunburn? If so, you probably lean toward a warm or neutral undertone. If not, there’s a good chance you fall into the cool-toned category.

Do your veins appear bluish or more deep purple?  If the answer is yes, you’re likely in the cool-toned group.  If your veins appear greenish, you may skew towards the warm-tones. Those with neutral undertones will have a hard time discerning either color…. everything looks neutral.

The Swatch Test

Sure, swatching on your forearms is easier, but the skin on your body may not be the same shade as your complexion. Once you found a few shades that might work for you, swatch directly onto your cheek down to your neck. Let it sit for a few minutes and see how it adjusts to your skin. Foundation can sometimes oxidize with wear and get slightly darker from the mixture of elements and the oils on your skin.

Go Into the Light

The best way to see how your foundation is in natural sunlight. If your makeup is too light, you will look ashy or as if you have a gray cast on your skin. If the formula is too dark, it can make your complexion look muddy. Look for the shade that disappears into your skin most and you will have found your match.

Best Foundations for Anti-Aging

I’m comfortable with maybe one or two fine lines but banishing wrinkles is why I get Botox!  In all seriousness, when shopping for foundation be sure to find one that contains ingredients to combat anti-aging.  Click here for my favorite anti-aging, long-wear foundation.  

Don’t be afraid to ask for help when trying to determine if you’ve found your match. If you feel overwhelmed I’m happy to help!

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Kristin

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