How To Find Your Foundation Match
There are so many foundation formulas, textures and shades out there—finding the right one can be totally daunting (and sometimes seemingly impossible). We’ve compiled a few tips and tricks to help guide you through the process of discovering your perfect match.
Step 1: Discover your undertone
While your skin tone and texture may change depending on the elements and environment, your undertone will always remain the same. Once you find yours—either by using the guide below or testing shades with different tones—find a foundation in that same tone. Some products will call it out, but you may have to make your best guess.
Step 2: Choose your coverage
Next, you’ll want to decide on your ideal coverage—or, the opacity of the foundation. This depends on your personal preference and the look you’re trying to achieve. Extra credit: Use primer and setting spray so your foundation goes on evenly, lays flat and stays put.
Step 3: Find your foundation type
Okay, this is the big one. Finding your formula depends on your skin needs and coverage preference (although, you can layer just about anything to build).
Step 4: Determine your shade
Time to test. Swabbing a bit of foundation on your jawline totally works. But if you want to find your truest color match, blend out a bit on your nose and forehead, too. The winner will disappear. Tip: There probably isn’t a single-foundation solution. You can mix different shades and formulas to perfect your complexion cocktail.
Step 5: Select a finish
Foundation finishes (like matte, dewy, illuminating or sheer) are best selected by your skin type. For example, matte finishes are ideal for oily skin as they have oil-absorbing ingredients. Read the product description for hints. Glow on: Mix your foundation with a bit of highlighter for a radiant complexion.
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