The key to a perfect makeup look is having the perfect base. In order to achieve it, you have to know the perfect foundation shade for you. Choosing a foundation shade and buying a foundation is pretty tricky. You have to consider a lot of things before you buy a foundation and any other makeup for that matter. Knowing your skin tone is an essential step and is necessary for finding your foundation shade. If you want to save time and money on trying different shades just to end up with the wrong one, you are in for a treat! Here are some tips on how to find the perfect foundation shade for you.
Know Your Skin Tone
Skin Tone Test
Knowing your skin tone is the first step to find your perfect foundation. Warm, cool, and neutral – while these seem like simple words, identifying skin tone may not be easy for everyone. You may even be clueless about your skin tone. A quick and easy way to identify your skin tone is doing a skin tone test. How? Simply look at the veins on the underside of your wrist. You have a warm skin tone if the veins look green, a cool skin tone if the veins look bluish or pink, and a neutral skin tone if the veins are a mixture of green and bluish veins.
If you prefer not to check out what color your veins are, here’s another easy way to find out your skin tone. The “Jewelry Test”, true to its name, is a test where you have to use jewelry to identify if your skin tone is warm, cool, or neutral. This test is simple, just get gold and silver jewelry and try it on. Look at yourself in the mirror. If you wear gold jewelry and it looks best on you, your skin tone is warm. If you look more fabulous on silver jewelry, your skin tone is cool. If you are lucky and you look good in either of the gold and silver jewelry, then your skin tone is neutral.
Warm, Cool, Neutral - What’s Yours?
In general, people with a warm skin tone often have green, hazel, and brown eyes. Their natural hair color is more likely to be either black, brown, blonde, or red. You can also notice that their skin has either yellow, peach or olive undertones. On the other hand, people with cool skin tone often has blue, black, or brown eyes. Their natural hair color is usually blonde, may also be black or brown. They have either blue or pink undertones. If you have a neutral skin tone, you may have hazel eyes and blonde hair or any other combination of eye and hair color. What differentiates people with neutral skin is that they have a mix of pink and blue undertones.
The Perfect Foundation Shade
After successfully identifying your skin tone finding out your perfect foundation shade is next.
Makeup brands often have different shades for warm and cool skin tone. It makes finding out the perfect foundation shade easier as you may have light skin and have a warm skin tone, and you may have deep skin and have a cool skin tone.
People with pale skin and pink undertones often reach for light-colored foundations. Their skin is often sensitive and burns easily. It also looks transparent. An important thing to remember is to find the best light-colored foundation that doesn’t look fake when worn.
For those who rock medium skin, you are pretty lucky in the foundation and makeup department. Out of all skin colors, medium skin often has a lot of shades to choose from. Generally, people who comes from Asian, Latin, or Mediterranean heritage has medium skin color. They can also bask up the summer sun (with a good amount of sun block, of course!) and get a good tan instead of skin burns. Being said that, just like people with fair skin, it is smart to get at least two different shades of medium foundation so you can just mix these two shades together to achieve your current skin color.
People who have higher melanin often have dark skin color. They can easily get a tan during summer without having to stay under the sun for too long. Finding the best foundation shade may be easy as a wide array of foundation shades await dark skinned girls, similar to their medium-skinned sisters!
Deep skin is the darkest of the skin colors. Those with beautiful dark skin has naturally high levels of melanin. Although they have deep or darker skin color, their skin is still prone to sunburns if left unprotected. Choosing the best foundation shade for deep skin can be challenging and tricky as they tend to look “ashy” with the wrong shade. Choose carefully and wisely!
When trying on foundation shade, make sure to color match. Your foundation shouldn’t look like another pile of makeup on your face but more like a second skin. The perfect foundation shade for you should sink into your skin flawlessly and seamlessly. It should even out your skin tone but it still should look like your skin but better. It shouldn’t be obvious. Know that there is a wide range of foundation shades available for you to try on. You will find your perfect shade. If not, as like most makeup artists do, customize or mix different shades of foundation to find your perfect match! The process of finding your perfect foundation shade may be a journey but make it a happy and exciting one. Happy shopping!