Today I want to help you find the right foundation for you skin tone/undertone. If you are anything like me you have bought a lot of foundations in your lifetime thinking they would be a good match for your skin. In the store you have been pumping a dollop onto your hands trying to swatch. If you were daring you would apply it to your lower cheek thinking that “I heard someone say this was a good method”.
I am here today to tell you exactly how to find the right shade for your skin tone and help you save your money in the future!
It’s so important to do a little legwork before actually going into the store. I promise you, you will thank me later! I want you to do the following steps and this will lead you to become aware of your skin tone and undertone and why it’s important in choosing makeup for yourself!
- Look in the mirror, preferably with the shoulders / chest bare – what do you see? You see most yellow or reddish beam from your skin? Red means you probably have a cold / red undertones in the skin. Yellow means that you have a warm undertone of the skin.
- Look at your blood vessels in the thin skin on the inside of the wrist – are the most blue or green? (If they are both green and blue you probably have a neutral skin tone). Blue means you probably have a red / cold undertone of the skin and green veins means you probably have a yellow / warm undertone of the skin.
- When you sunbathe, you lovely brown immediately or you will first right red, and then turn brown (equal)? Brown immediately means you probably have a yellow / warm undertone of the skin. If you light turns red and burned there is a greater likelihood that you have a cold / red undertones in the skin.
How do you match your skin to your foundation:
When you match your foundation, it should preferably match your neck and chest, because that part of your body will be visible. You may have areas of red in your face, but your chest / neck is more yellowish. Then you should choose a more yellowish foundation, because it will look more natural to your overall look. If you have a neutral skin tone / undertone, you will probably benefit from a foundation with a more yellowish tone, because a pink foundation won’t be flattering to your overall appearance.
The right shade vs. the right tone.
When actually purchasing the foundation you need to match it with two things: It has to be in your shade fair, light, medium, dark/deep and the foundation has to have the right undertone. The undertone is what I just described up top. When it comes to the right shade it’s a little bit easier. It’s like the first glance at the bottle or the color and the undertone is like the second look at it. Searching for undertone is a little bit more complicated (in my opinion) than finding the right shade for your skin tone.
Purchasing the foundation:
When you purchase foundations in the future you must both look after your tone ( “shade”) and an undertone – a yellow or red. There may be foundations that you simply will not be able to use because the undertone in the foundation never is going to match your undertone.
I wrote this post because I like to give tips on how to save you money when buying makeup. It’s so frustrating when you buy that wonderful new bottle of foundation only to see that it doesn’t suit your skin! Now you know that you might as well pass the bottle of foundation on to a friend and go buy a new bottle that suits your skin and will make you look beautiful!
I will continue to write more posts about foundations and bases of makeup because I think it’s so important to lay a good ‘foundation’ to your makeup to make it look the best.
See also find the perfect foundation for your skin type – normal / oily – combination or dry skin here here