Calling all females! This is one of the biggest battles out there. We are all guilty of either using too light of a foundation leaving our face looking ghostly, or wearing a shade a bit too dark. It’s a struggle for every woman at some point. I often get asked by my girlfriends how to find the right shade and what foundation is good for their skin. Read below on my tips to help you find your perfect match!
Step 1: What is your skin type?
What type of skin do you have?- There are usually 4 types to choose from. Keep in mind, as the weather changes so does your skin. Always factor this in when choosing your foundation.
Step 2: What type of finish?
What is your desired look?- Do you want a nice flawless airbrush finish or a glowing finish? Decide what your go-to daily look will be to help you choose.
Step 3: How much Coverage do you want?
What are you trying to cover? Do you have large pores or acne and need heavier coverage? Or trying to cover minor blemishes and redness. This will be key when choosing how much coverage you need. Tip: Some foundations have build able coverage which allows you to add more as you need.
Step 4: Determine your undertones
What shade is your skin?- If you are cool, you tend to turn pink in the sun or burn easily. If you are warm, you tan easily and turn a bronze color in the sun. If you are neutral you have an even amount of both cool and warm.
Step 5: Choosing the right shade
It is imperative that you try before you buy! Go to a beauty store such as Ulta or Sephora, and ask a beauty consultant for help. You can usually snag a few samples to try as well! If someone is unable to help you, then use a cotton swab and test the foundation along the jawline to compare to the color of your neck. The right color should disappear into your skin. Also try to view the shade on your skin in natural light. Indoor lighting can sometimes be misleading and make the skin look yellow. Also please do not choose a color of foundation online! It is not 100% true to color and can leave you with a color that is not for you! Tip: During the summer I usually opt for a darker foundation to match my tan skin as my face is usually paler from using sunblock.
Below are some of the foundations I use and love!
MAC Studio Fluid Foundation at maccosmetics.com
Dior Airflash Foundation at Nordstroms.com
Hope you enjoyed this post and it helped you in your search for the perfect shade! I would love to hear from you so leave a comment below on your thoughts!