Picking your foundation shade can sometimes be very tricky for many of us. Hopefully, I can provide a little guidance in this area that will make your next experience less of a struggle. When I started wearing makeup many years ago, I desired to wear foundation, but never ventured down that road of frustration. Mainly because I witnessed the struggles that my mother, a woman of color on the deeper side of the complexion range, encountered with foundation color matching. I didn’t feel to deal with the headache of it all, so I created my makeup looks around eyeshadows, blushes, eyeliner and lip products. I want to alleviate this frustration for you because beauty, in my opinion, should be easy. One shouldn’t have to move heaven and earth for a foundation match. Our discussion today will center around finding your foundation shade by simply knowing how to identify your correct undertone. My goal is to teach you how to simply look at a foundation shade and immediately know if it’s well-suited for your skin tone. Let’s get into it.
Now there are different techniques that are said to help you identify your undertone. One is what color your veins appear when you look at your wrists. Another is how you look when wearing silver or gold-tone jewelry. In my opinion, this is all way too confusing. Not to mention these rules don’t apply to every situation. So let’s just keep this as simple as possible.
The color beneath your outer skin layer is your undertone. The outer most skin layer, also called the epidermis, can change with sun exposure or lack thereof, but your undertone will remain the same regardless. Understanding this makes all the difference when trying to color match a foundation shade. Undertones are either warm, cool or neutral. If you have a warm undertone you will see yellow or olive. If your undertone is cool you will see red or pink. If you have a neutral undertone, you will have a mixture of both warm and cool tones in your skin.
Of course, if you are able to swatch the color before purchasing, do it. You may think a color will work based on your outer skin color, but once you see it on the skin, the undertone can be a deal breaker. Now if you are not able to swatch the product before purchasing, be mindful that you are not only looking for a shade that will match your outer skin layer, but also your undertone. Yes, I know. This can be very tricky especially if the packaging is frosted or restricts your view. Trust me, it will be touch and go, but when you understand these 3 things:
You will eliminate a lot of frustration and time because you will quickly know, from the selection provided, where in the color range to look for your match. You will immediately know if there is a probable match or no match at all.
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