Choosing Foundation to Match Your Skin

There is a variety of shades, coverage levels, and finishes for you to choose from when it comes to your foundation. Foundation is the cosmetic base that you can use to cover up imperfections, such as blemishes on your face. Foundation helps give you a more even complexion for applying the rest of your make-up. Of course, to have your make up look natural and flawless, you need to be using the right foundation for your skin. There are numerous reasons to consider when it comes to choosing the right foundation for your skin, such as skin type, skin tone, and complexion.

Find Your Shade


Beauty bloggers use to recommend testing shades on your forearm, but this area usually is darker than your face. Now beauty experts recommend testing foundation shades on your chest. The tone doesn’t need to be an exact match, and you should consider selecting a lighter shade because your foundation color will change throughout the day. Foundation will get darker from the mixture of oils and elements on your face. Also, you can test shade options on your face. When testing foundation on your face, use areas near the center of your face and blend the foundation outwards towards your hairline to help match the side of your cheeks.

However, you decide to test your foundation, its essential to be checking in natural lighting. 


Consider Skins Undertones


Your skin has undertones, these can be warm, cool, or neutral, and they impact how your foundation will look on your face. Warm complexions should try shades that have yellow undertones, and cool undertones, should choose a foundation with pink undertones. Neutral or warm shades are easy to match with different skin tones. To determine your undertone, look at your veins. If your veins are blue or purple or in appearance, you have a cool undertone, and if they appear green or olive, our skin has a warm undertone. If your veins are a mixture of both, your undertone is neutral. 



Coverage Level Needed


To choose the perfect foundation for your skin, you need to understand coverage levels. If you do not like heavy make-up, or even wearing make-up, then you wouldn’t want a full-coverage foundation that feels heavy on your face. Look for foundations that are sheer or medium coverage.  Beauty specialists recommend choosing foundations that are on the lighter side if you aren’t sure what coverage you need. You can build on a lighter coverage if required. However, if you are trying to hide blemishes or imperfections, or you need a foundation that can go all day without needing touch-ups, look for a foundation with full coverage. 


Remember Your Skin Type


Having an oily or dry skin type plays a factor in how a foundation will set on your face. Normal to dry skin should use a foundation with a dewy finish works best for your skin type. For oily skin types, a matte foundation works best in hiding the shine on your face. For more mature skin, using a satin finish helps with hiding fine lines. 


Modify for Different Seasons


You will need different shades of foundation for different seasons. Your skin, just like the weather, will change and warm up in the spring and summer while you are getting more vitamin D. For warmer months, you might need to go a shade darker for your foundation, as your skin tones warm up. 


Foundation is a crucial component to your make-up process, but it’s not supposed to stand out and be noticeable. When choosing a foundation to match your skin, you need to understand your skin tone, do swatch tests, use natural light, determine the coverage required, and remember your skin type. These tools help in finding the perfect foundation to help hide those blemishes and imperfections and give you the self-confidence needed to face your day. 

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