Everything you need to know about Foundations and How to Pick the Right Foundation Shade for your skin

Picking out the right kind of foundation shade has to be one of the biggest challenges in makeup, this is mostly because the skin across your face is different in coloring, but there are some tips which will guide you in picking up the perfect shade for your skin color. Before your quest begins you need to figure out which type of foundation is best for your skin type.

Types of Foundations:

There are typically 4 types of foundations available in the market:

· Liquid Foundation:

They are generally suitable for all skin kinds, whether it be dry, oily or combination skin type

· Cream Foundation:

Cream foundations are mostly somewhat similar to liquid foundations, but the texture of the creamy foundations is much heavier, so it is more suitable for people with dry to combination skin types. It is because it is more on the oily textured side; the formula is more oily and sticky.

· Stick Foundation:

Stick foundations are mostly used in professional makeup looks and are available from high to low ranges. Stick foundations are suitable for oily skin types and are not easy to blend, therefore should only be used by professionals or someone who has an idea about working with the stick foundation and can blend it properly. They are heavy coverage foundations that are more used for filming and photography purposes.

· Powder Foundation:

Powder foundations are more suitable for oily skin or as setting powder on top of your liquid or creamy foundations to set it in place.

Figure Out your Skin Undertone:

Another essential factor is to find your undertone, now this can be a little hard, but we will give you a few tips as to how you can find your correct undertone.

There are 3 categories of undertones:

  • Cool Tone
  • Warm Tone
  • Neutral Tone

So the first step in finding the right undertone of your skin type is to look at your veins on your wrists. If your veins are more greenish in color, then you are likely to have a warm undertone, mostly people with wheatish to brown complexion are warm undertone.

If your veins are on the blue-ish, purple side, chances are you have a cooler undertone. If you have combination of both green and blue colored veins, then you must have a more peach, neutral undertone.

Another trick to finding the undertone is if you can carry on golden jewelry more, then you are more likely to be warm undertone and if you standout more wearing silver jewelry that will make you a cooler undertoned person. If you are able to flaunt both and look good then you are a neutral undertoned person. So more your skin tone is on the lighter side you are cooler undertone.

How to Pick your Right Foundation Shade:

The first thing we would like you to do is stop testing your foundation shade on your wrist or the back of your hand to match for the right tone. Never swatch the foundation anywhere, but your face as the shade of your hand and face is always different. The best way to test the foundation is to swatch it on your jawline bringing it down to your neck. If the foundation disappears in your skin it’s a true match.

 If you can see the marks of foundation, it is either too light or dark for you and does not match your skin; the swatch actually should disappear in your skin for it to be the perfect shade for you.

Another great tip for testing your foundation is to take a picture of your face with flash on when you have tested out the foundation shades, and you will immediately find out which shade is the most appropriate for you. If you appear greyer, lighter, or darker in a flash it’s a no go.

We do realize that you cannot always visit a drugstore or cosmetics shop too purchase a foundation and try it on, and not many beauty companies will send you samples for testing. In that case we suggest that you study the names and numbers of the foundations very carefully, as it can guide you in the right direction. They are generally named from cooler tones to neutral and warm tones. Whichever undertones you have will go parallel with the foundation shade. This is how you can anticipate the closest shade of the foundation online that might go perfectly with your skin tone.

Never test your foundation under artificial shade, florescent or yellow light as you will never be able to figure out the right tone. The best way to test your foundation is out in the natural light as it works the best.

However, due to any reason you cannot find the right shade for your skin color you can always make your own custom shade by mixing two or three different foundations and create your perfect shade.

Hope this article was helpful in finding your right foundation. If you have any questions, please feel free to drop us a comment in the comments section below.

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