Has it ever happened to you that you think you found your perfect foundation shade only to step out and discover it’s not an ideal fit? Us too. But never again! Here are five tips to help you find the shade that perfectly matches your skin tone. You’re welcome!
1. Identify your skin’s undertone
The first step in finding the perfect base for your face is to learn what your undertone is. It can either be warm, cool or neutral. The best way to discover what you are is to look at your veins. If they appear green, you have a warm tone, blue and you have a cool tone, with neutral being a mix.
2. Test the colour on your face
A lot of people make the mistake of testing a foundation on their wrist. But this area is often more fair than our face, which is generally always exposed to the elements. Instead, test your base on different parts of your face to get a good idea if the colour is a good match for your skin tone.
3. Wear it for a *while*
If you are testing a formula to check that the colour is a good fit for you, you need to wear it for a while, not just a few minutes. This is because many formulas oxidise, or change colour, when exposed to air. Ask for samples at your local beauty counter so you can take any make-up for a thorough test run.
4. Check under different lighting
Your cosmetics can look different under different light, which can make finding your ideal shade a challenge. See if it’s a good fit for your complexion by seeing how it looks under artificial, bright and natural light. You can even take a selfie to see how it translates in photographs so you always look good online!
5. Mix and match
Foundations have come a long way over the years. Recently, more and more brands have been creating bigger, more inclusive shade ranges so more people are catered for. But, if all else fails and you think your perfect match might not exist, you can mix several different colours to create your custom hue.