How to pick the right foundation shade. The best foundation is the one that matches your skin’s shade but only a bit better. With the infinite number of brands, shades, coverage, and finishes available, picking just the right shade of foundation can become a tad bit difficult. Furthermore, the makeup stores with their ill-trained staff and horrible lighting make the job even more challenging.
We have listed 5 ways on how to pick the right foundation shade. Keep reading to find out what they are.
1. Find Your Skin’s Undertone
Our skin is made of some natural undertones like warm, pink, and yellow. There are ways to figure out your undertone. For instance, people with warm undertones look better with gold jewelry while people with cool undertones look better with silver jewelry.
Your veins say a lot about your undertone as well. If your veins show up blue, you are cool-toned but if they look green, you are warm-toned.
2. Test the Foundation on Your Jawline
While swatching on your wrist or on the back of your hand seems convenient, it is a wrong way to test a foundation shade. Your hands are a different color from your face. Dot some foundation on your jawline and blend.
3. Assess in Daylight
As we mentioned, store lighting often misleads you. After you have applied some foundation on your jawline, step outside. It’s important to see how your foundation looks in the daylight. The color should look almost like your own skin, almost invisible.
4. See If It Oxidizes
Another great tip is to choose 2 to 3 foundations and get samples of each. The foundations out there in the market are so expensive that you want to be completely sure before taking the plunge.
Try the samples on your face a couple of times. Expose each application to different temperatures, daytime, and nighttime. Having them on for a significant amount of time will tell if it oxidizes or not.
Most foundations tend to change color. It is not exactly a flaw but a future of the product. This will also give you an idea about its staying power; even if it’s the perfect shade but slides off within an hour, it’s no use investing in such a product.
5. Your Foundation Shade Might Change
If you think the shade of foundation you will buy is going to be the shade for your entire lifetime, you are wrong. You can’t stick to one foundation all-year-round, let alone your whole life.
In summer and spring, our skin warms up due to all the time we spend at the beach bathing in the sun, traveling, etc. And don’t think your sunblock protects you from suntan because it doesn’t.