Finding the right foundation shade is essential to creating a flawless complexion. The perfect foundation will make your skin look naturally glowing and radiant, without any patchy areas or unnatural colors.
But with so many shades available on the market, it can be difficult to know which one is right for you. Here are some tips for finding the best foundation shade for your skin type.
Understand Your Skin Tone
Knowing your natural skin tone is key to selecting a foundation that looks natural on your face. Do you have fair, medium, tan or dark skin? Identifying the range of colors within these four categories will help narrow down the shades you should consider trying out.
Know Your Undertone
Along with your skin tone, it’s also important to understand your undertone—cool (blue/red undertones) or warm (yellow/olive undertones). When trying out foundations in stores, apply a few swatches on your wrist or inner arm and take a look at how they react with light. Those that seem to match your skintone will most likely be flattering when applied to the face as well.
Choose Shades According to Seasons
Just like clothing colors and fabrics vary according to season, so do our skin tones and undertones depending on the amount of sun exposure we get during each season of the year. Choose a lighter shade during summer months if you are exposed more often to sunlight and darker shades during winter months if you spend more time indoors with little sunlight exposure.
Find Foundation Matches from Different Brands
Once you’ve identified which colors match your natural skin tone and undertone, find shades from different brands that resemble each other closely in color as much as possible – since each brand’s shade names can vary quite a bit! Testing different products side by side helps narrow down options and can be done online by ordering samples through beauty sites or through retail locations by requesting samples at their counters directly before committing to purchasing full size products.
Always Do a Test Patch Before Buying
Make sure to always do a test patch prior to purchasing any foundation product – whether online or at retail location–by applying small dots on various areas of your face including cheekbones, forehead and chin, blending out until even with fingers or brush and then step outside into natural light where it’s easy to see how it truly looks on the skin after being exposed to different levels of lighting! If all checks out alright – go ahead & make that purchase!! With these tips in mind, you’re sure to find the perfect foundation shade for yourself – making makeup application an enjoyable experience every single time.