How to Find Your Perfect Foundation Shade

A great foundation is a must for flawless-looking skin, but it’s tricky to get it right a lot of times. So today I will share with you some tips and tricks on how to get your perfect foundation shade.

First thing you should know before choosing you foundation color is to know your undertone. To determine your undertone, take a look at the veins in your wrist and forearm. If they’re blue, you’re most likely cool and should seek out a foundation with a pink cast. If they’re green, you’re probably warm and should focus on a foundation with an olive or golden hue. If they’re in the middle you have neutral undertone. Knowing whether you’re light-skinned, dark-skinned or smack dab between the two is only half the battle in deciding which foundation shade will look best on you.

When choosing a foundation it’s best to know your skin type. If your skin is oily, look for words like “oil-free,” “oil-control” or “mattifying” on the bottle. Women with dry skin should look for moisturizing foundations with “hydrating” or “moisture-rich” wording on the bottle. Foundations containing glycerin glide on easily. For combination skin, determine if you’re more oily or dry and go from there. Cream-to-powder bases work great for combination skin. Mineral foundations work well on all skin types, especially sensitive skin.

Also important thing in choosing a foundation is to figure out the coverage you want. Coverage means how much of your natural skin you want to show through your foundation. You may choose lighter coverage in summer and a heavier, creamier coverage in colder months.

How to Find Your Perfect Foundation Shade

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Once you’ve determined your ideal foundation formula, it’s best to pick at least 3 or 4 shade that look like they’d be a match and try them out. Never try out a tester on the hand. It is not a reliable way. The skin on your hand is not the same complexion as well as the skin on the face. It is slightly darker. Test them on a clean jaw line before you make your choice. This area is ideal because this is basically wide-open space where you can really see if the color truly works. The shade that disappears is the correct shade match. Once you find that perfect fit, check it out in natural light.

Now when you know all these tips and tricks you’re ready to find your perfect foundation.