Hey pretties! Okay, so whether you’re a makeup beginner or have been a beauty lover for years, chances are you’ve faced the struggle of choosing a foundation that matches your skin. You probably have even bought a foundation that you thought was perfect only to go outside and realize that it was the wrong shade! Even though I’ve done makeup for years and years, it’s something that I struggle with sometimes! But thankfully, I have a few tips for finding that magical shade. It is a bit of trial and error, but in the end, finding that perfect foundation match is totally worth it. Read on to find out how to find your best foundation match, and don’t forget to check out my video embedded below in the post or on my channel!
1. Find your undertone
This step is probably the hardest one. There are lots of tricks to finding your undertone, so you just have to work with the one that’s best for you! One of the most common ways to do this is to look at the color of the veins on your wrist.
- If your veins are blue or purple looking, you probably have a cool undertone
- If your veins are green or olive looking, you probably have a warm undertone
- If your veins are green or blue toned, or if you can’t really tell what color they are, you are most likely neutral
You can also tell by looking at what color jewelry you tend to wear. If you gravitate toward gold, you most likely have a warm undertone. If you prefer silver, you are probably cool. People with neutral undertones can often wear both metals. The last way to determine your undertone is less accurate, but if you burn easily, you likely have a cool undertone and if you tan, you are probably warm!
2. Go to the store and pick three foundations
Now that you know your undertone, go to the store and pick out three foundations that you think could be your match. When testing, you should look for shades that match your overall body tone, not just your face or neck. Swatch all three products from the side of your chin down to the base of your neck, then lightly blend the edges. The right match should blend perfectly into your skin!
3. Beware of oxidation
Most foundation will oxidize, or become darker with exposure to air. To make sure that the foundation you chose in the previous step is still the best option, wear it for an hour then check back to make sure it still matches! If it changed drastically, you might need to choose a lighter shade! It’s always best to test this in the sunlight, since natural lighting will show any differences in color the best. Harsh indoor lighting will often affect how a color looks on your skin so make sure to go outside when choosing your foundation!
4. Don’t be afraid to mix and match!
Even across wide variety of brands, you may not find a foundation that matches your skin perfectly. But don’t worry! You can easily mix two foundations to get the best shade for your skin tone.
What’s your go to foundation?