The first step to finding your perfect shade of foundation is knowing your skins undertone. Are you warm, cool, or neutral? Let’s find out!
There are several ways you can determine what undertones you have. For example if you turn red after being out in the sun for a while, you might have pink (cool) undertones. If you tan then you might have golden (warm) undertones. This is called, “the sun test” however this test isn’t always accurate. In my opinion the easiest way to tell what undertones you have is to look at the veins in your wrists in natural daylight. If they look more green, you’ve probably got warm undertones. If they look more blue, you’ve probably got cool undertones. If you think they look bluish green, you’re probably neutral. It’s that easy!
Once you know your skins undertone, find three different colored foundations in your shade range (and undertone) and apply a swatch of each color to your jaw. The jaw is the best place to match for a foundation shade because you get to easily compare the shade to your face and your neck, that way your face matches the rest of your body. Keep swatching colors until you find one that “disappears” on your skin, that’s the shade that matches you best. 🙂
My last tip would be to take samples. Usually the lighting isn’t the best in makeup stores, and the best lighting to color match in is always natural lighting. Take a couple of samples home, wear a different color each day, and be sure to get a good look at them outside in natural sunlight! You might be surprised at how different they look. Taking samples also gives you a chance to wear the foundation to determine whether it would be a good fit for you or not. It’s a win-win!
When all else fails, book a personal shopping service with me and I will be happy to color match you and help you build the makeup bag of your dreams 🙂