Choosing Foundation For Your Skin Tone
Flawless makeup begins with matching your foundation perfectly (or as closely as possible) to your skin according to your unique skin type, skin tone and the desired coverage. In the previous article we discussed getting the right foundation for your skin type; this time you’ll get some tips on choosing the right foundation for your skin tone.
We’ve all seen it – the mask-like effect caused by wearing the wrong colour of foundation. It can ruin your entire look! However, just follow these simple steps and you’ll be sure to put your best face forward every time. We know how misleading those in-store lights can be, so before going to the store, try this test at home to get an accurate idea of your skin tone:
- Pull your hair back into a ponytail and wash your face clean of all makeup.
- Place a white towel or cloth around your neck and shoulders.
- Take a good look at your bare skin to get an idea of the actual color of your skin.
Now, to determine your undertone… Does your reflection look more yellow or more pink/red or more blue
- If you can see more yellow or golden undertones then you have warm skin.
- If you see more pink or bluish undertones then you have cool skin.
Why does it all matter?! Knowing your undertones will help you to avoid looking too pink or too dull and ashy and will help to enhance your face by making it even toned and glowing.
Once you’ve done your homework you’re ready to hit the store! No fluorescent lighting or know-it-all sales person can fool you now! Most foundations will be labeled warm, cool or neutral. Neutral can be used for both warm and cool undertones. Choose a few shades in your relevant undertone category and, if you can, test them on your jaw line (yes, on your jaw line and not on the back of your hand). Choose the shade that blends invisibly into your skin. Note that foundation should match your skin and not be lighter, which is a common misconception. If you are unable to test the makeup, hold the bottles up next to your face and choose the color that looks closest to your skin tone. If you have dark spots or light patches on your face, choose a foundation that matches the skin on your neck.
If you haven’t found the perfect match in skin tone yet, foundation can be lightened or darkened a little by following with a powder that is either a shade or two lighter or deeper, according to the desired effect.
When choosing the right color foundation, remember your skin is supposed to look as even and natural as possible… Trying to change your complexion with the use of foundation mostly winds up looking a mess instead of your best!
Stay tuned to CFstyle.com for the next chapter on choosing the foundation for the coverage that you want!
Renee-Liza is a professional Makeup Artist located in Trinidad. Contact her:
Phone: (868) 783 576