How to choose the right foundation for your skintone

Read our color guide below to find out what your skintype is, or do a little test

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It’s hard to imagine a life without foundation. Hiding a multitude of sins, this little pot of goodness removes any trace of blemishes, providing the ultimate base for you to apply the rest of your makeup. But do you often find it difficult to determine your skin tone and find a foundation that matches it?

There is a range of different coloured foundations out there. And we’ve all been through the embarrassment of choosing one that makes us like a burnt orange instead of a porcelain-skinned beauty. This isn’t ideal. But thankfully, you don’t need to trawl through all the different shades to find the right one for you.

Below you’ll find some handy tips as to how you can discover your own unique skin tone and find a foundation that matches it perfectly.

Simple Ways You Can Determine Your Skin Tone

The first thing you need to look at is your skin’s undertone, which can be cool, warm, or neutral. And even though the surface colour of your skin may change (after exposure to the sun, for example) the undertone will remain the same.

Finding your undertone will help you to choose a foundation that looks natural. Because it’s when the foundation doesn’t work with your undertone that you get those awful shades of orange and pink, and other unnatural looks. If your current foundation doesn’t look right – you’ve probably chosen one that has the wrong undertone.

The Different Skin Tones

Warm Undertone (Olive to Yellow):  If your skin doesn’t burn easily but you tan well, this means your skin contains a high level of melanin (a pigment), which gives your skin its warm undertone. People with amber, brown, or hazel eyes combined with strawberry blonde, auburn, or black hair tend to have a warm undertone.

With this shade, dark copper shades should be avoided but espresso-type shades and those with a yellow or gold base will work wonderfully. Shades to consider are: Click here

Cool Undertone (Ruddy, Pink, or Reddish): There’s a lot less melanin in skin with this undertone, which means you barely tan, if at all. Tell-tale signs that you have this skin tone are signs of redness, ruddy skin, and skin that flushes easily. People with blue, grey, or green eyes combined with blonde, brown, or black hair tend to have a cool undertone.

If this is your undertone, your skin will look best when enhanced with cool, neutral tones. Shades to consider are: Click here

Neutral Undertone (No Overtones of Olive, Pink, or Sallow): If you’ve got a neutral undertone, you’re one of the lucky ones! Finding foundation to suit your complexion is easy because you can normally get away with wearing more than one different shade of foundation.

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A Quick Test to Find Your Undertone

If you’re still not sure what your undertone is, most people can find out by the colour of their veins. Look at the inner part of your wrist – if your veins are purple or blue, your undertone is cool; if they’re greener in colour (and maybe a little yellow), your undertone is warm. If you can’t figure out whether they’re green or blue, your undertone is neutral.

Choosing the Right Foundation Colour

Now that you’ve revealed what colour your skin tone is, it’s time to put your new discovery to the test by trying out some foundation colours. Opt for some foundations that you think will complement your skin tone and put some swatches of these on your jawline. This helps to indicate whether the foundation will work, as your jawline is truer to your natural skin tone. If you can’t access tester pots, just hold up the entire pot of foundation against your jawline to see if you think it goes. And don’t forget to look at the testers/bottles in natural daylight too.

The best foundation will be the one that looks the most natural because foundation shouldn’t be noticeable. Some experts also recommend that you buy two shades – one for winter and one for summer, mixing the two in between seasons to create the most natural look for your skin tone. This may take a bit of experimentation but it’s definitely worth it. However, if mixing foundations sounds like too much effort, you could try finding a foundation that’s in between your summer and winter skin colour – simply test this in the same way that was mentioned above.

It’s important that you determine your skin tone before buying a foundation because this helps it to look as natural as possible. Combine this natural-looking foundation with the correct application and you’ll have flawless skin in no time at all.

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