How To: Find Your Perfect Foundation Shade

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Finding the perfect shade of foundation is a struggle that many women know too well. This is in large part because it isn’t just about light and dark. To get a perfect match you also need to consider your skin’s undertones.

And here’s an easy trick to determine your skin’s undertone – look at your veins.

  •  If your veins are green, that means you have a lot of olive, yellow, and golden tones in your skin, so your foundation shades should have similar tones.

  • If your veins are blue and red, that means you have a lot of pink, red, and brown undertones, so your foundation should have similar tones.

To test the tone of the foundation swipe it along your jawline, where you’ll find your skin’s natural tone, and choose the shade which blends most closely with your natural tone.


How To Match your Foundation to your Skin Tone


The task of choosing a new foundation can be daunting for even the most seasoned beauty buff. Medium or full coverage? Matt or dewy? Powder or liquid? It usually involves a Saturday morning scouring the  beauty counters of your local department store and your poor cheeks resembling a kaleidoscope of colour choices. However, this is where we’re going wrong. For the perfect shade don’t match foundation on your face. Match it on your chest or your shoulders.

Your selfie skills can come in handy when it comes to choosing the perfect shade .Put a singlet top on and take a selfie, putting your chin to your shoulder, with flash and without flash.  Your face and body should be the same colour, so if you use sunless tanners, you should darken your foundation.

Once you’ve passed the selfie test, buff and polish the foundation into your skin for a seamless application. Remember it’s not about covering; too much coverage is not a good thing. If you can physically see any form of foundation, then it’s wrong.