This was a post I did originally in 2012 for the Allure Beauty Blogger of the Year award, but it’s timeless information that I thought I’d share here!
We’ve probably all been there. You think your foundation is the perfect match until you see yourself in a photograph and the different color face and neck combo jumps out at you like a ghost (pun intended).
Fret not. Faster than you can untag yourself in that photo, you can learn how to find the perfect foundation.
- Know your skin’s undertones– Knowing is half the battle. Your undertone is the base color of your skin. Whether it’s warmer tones in yellow and olive or cooler colors in reds and pinks, knowing your skin’s undertones is the first step in picking the right foundation. Tip: Do you look better in gold or silver jewelry? Chances are if you look better in gold jewelry you’re warmer and if you look better in silver, you’re cooler.
- Pick a few shades to start with– find 3 or 4 different shades that you think may match your complexion.
- Color swatch– testing on your jaw, swatch (a test swipe of color) all shades next to each other.
- View in different lights– this is an important step most people forget. While a foundation might look perfect in fluorescent department store lightings, outside is a different story. Go outside and look in a mirror at your swatches. The color that blends seamlessly in your skin is the winner!
Blend, blend, and blend some more– Even the perfect foundation shade can look mask if it’s not blended in properly. Using your fingers, sponge or brush, blend your foundation into your hairline and into your neck. There should be no visible signs of the foundation stopping or starting. My favorite blending tool? The Beauty Blender!