In the last post of this make-up 101 series, Part 1: Which is the Right Foundation for Me?, we looked at different foundation formulations and coverage. This post will look at how to choose the right foundation colour and what to consider, such as your skin’s undertones.
Our facial skin is made-up of not one but many different colours, and can also include redness (from broken capillaries) and skin discoloration such as pigmentation.
We also have to contend with our skin undertone, which may seem a shade of blue, green or violet. For example, many would consider a pale blonde to have ivory skin colour, but a closer inspection may show a blue tinge running underneath the white.
- If your underlying skin colour is in the warm range of pink, red, orange or yellow – foundations in tones of these colours may be best for you; and
- If your underlying skin colour is in the cool range of green (as in olive), blue (as seen in pale blondes) or purple (such as in dark skin), neutral foundation tones that seem warmer may suit better.
The above is just a guideline. At the end of the day, whatever skin colour and undertone you have, stripe testing is still the best way to determine which foundation colour is right for you.
Stripe testing is when you place multiple shades of foundations down your face and into your neck area. By placing different foundation stripes next to each other, you are able to compare and see which one blends and evens out your skin.
Try to match the foundation to your neck colour – as this is your true skin colour (as mentioned above, our face can have many colours). Also by matching your foundation to your neck colour, you don’t have to extend the foundation too far down your neck/past your face area to get a nice even colour.
And lastly, don’t forget to blend, blend and blend your foundation where the face and neck area meets – so you can’t see where your foundation starts and finishes.
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