Why does the colour of my face and neck look so different from each other? Why am I looking so white? why am I looking so dark and dull? Why does my makeup look so patchy and unnatural?
One simple answer to the above questions is finding the right shade of foundation according to your skin. And believe me, this is a real battle for many of us. Today we are going to tell you how can you find your right shade of foundation both at the store and online too.
What is a foundation?
Foundation is a cosmetic base to even out our completion.A right foundation not only creates a proper canvas for the rest of your makeup but can give you a seamlessly created polished and radiant look in minutes.
What are the factors to consider while selecting your foundation?
Know your skin type
Knowing whether you have a dry or oily skin won’t help you pick a foundation shade but it will be very helpful in choosing the right type of foundation. Skin can be oily, dry, or combination, and you can have normal or sensitive skin. Read my article to know your skin type Know your skin type in 5 simple step
Know your skin tone
There are mainly three types of Skin tones – Light, medium and deep. Generally, we Indians have medium skin tone irrespective of the region we hail from. Medium skin tone can be further sub-divided into beige, tan, honey and more such colors.
Know your undertone
Undertone refers to the colours beneath your skin’s surface, and knowing which undertone category you fall into — warm, cool or neutral — can help you find your perfect foundation match. Read more about undertone and find out your skin undertone here What is your skin undertone? Know it in 5 minutes with easy hacks!
Now that we know our skin type, skin tone and undertone. Let us go ahead and read how you can choose the right foundation.
The best foundation is the one that disappears into your skin.The right way to find the correct shade of foundation is testing the foundation on different areas in order to determine the best color. One common mistake we all do while selecting the shade of foundation is matching it with the color of our cheeks which is absolutely a big NO.
Types of foundation:
Skin type based foundation
- Oily skin : Matte finish or oil-free liquid or powder foundation
- Dry skin: Moisturizing or hydrating cream or stick foundation
- Sensitive skin : Hypoallergenic and scent-free foundation
- Combination skin: Powder foundation
Skin undertone based foundation
- Cool undertones: Foundation with a rose, red, or blue base
- Warm undertones: Foundation with a gold or yellow base, and consider shades like caramel, golden, tan, chestnut, and beige
- Neutral undertones:s: Consider shades like buff, nude, ivory, or praline
Coverage based foundation
- Full or medium coverage if you have an uneven complexion and want to cover most of your skin.
- partial or sheer coverage if you have a fairly even complexion and want a more natural look
Steps to follow for right foundation shade
Step 1: First of all basis your skin tone, undertone and skin type shortlist three shades that seem to be a good match. You can easily find the information related to an undertone, skin type and coverage on the cover.
Step 2: Then, dab each shade as short lines on your jawline (do keep some space in between each).Note down the one which just blends with your skin. Do the same on your neck. Select the one which blends seamlessly with the neck and the jawline.
Step 3: Remove the two that don’t suit you. Take the one you shortlisted and spread it the across your jawline and sweep a cotton bud soaked in makeup remover right in the middle.
Step 4: See if you notice any difference between your foundation and bare skin. If you don’t notice any difference, then that’s the shade for you. But, if you see a difference between the two, this shade is not for you. Repeat the same steps with other shades until you find your right one.
Sometimes, you might not be able to find the exact match for you. In that case, the key is to find not one, but two shades that you can mix and match as per your skin.
If you want to avoid going outside in these times and also want to save yourself from all this swatching and all, there are certain apps which can tell you your right shade. I recently tried many of them when I wanted to buy one for myself and could not go outside because of Corona. The only thing is you just need to upload your selfie clicked in natural light and they will give you a complete analysis of your face. Not only just the foundation, but you can also find out other beauty products for yourself.
Apps to find the right foundation shade
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