TIPS for Beginners - CHOOSING FOUNDATION
Now that we have covered the basics of foundation and skin type and you are familiar with the terms, let's get right into Choosing Foundation.
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Tips for Beginners - UNDERSTANDING FOUNDATION
Again I will say I am not expert when it comes to foundation so all I can do is pass on what I know and what I have learned.
How do you choose the right foundation?
There are a few basic things to consider when choosing your foundation as indicated below.
- Foundation Type
- Skin Type
- Foundation Finish
- Color and Undertone
C o l o r a n d U n d e r t o n e
What is Skin Undertone?I'm sure you have heard the term 'skin undertone' being thrown around but what does it mean? It's hard to even find a definition of the internet. To simplify things in my eyes, your skin undertone is the base color of your complexion.There are three types of undertone - warm, cool or a blend of both to give you neutral.
Warm undertones are more yellow and red yellow. Skin will look more golden and warm skin tans more easily.
Cool undertones are a mix of reds and blues and are usually rosy pink, rosy beige, dark brown, ebony or have a dark-red. Cool skin usually burns before darkening in color.
blend of both, or are more olive toned, then you have a neutral undertone to your skin.
How Do I Know My Skin Undertone?
There are many ways out there that can be used to find your skin undertone.
This is a popular test to determine your skin tone. In natural light, examine the veins on the underside of your wrist. Veins that show mainly blue are a sign of cool undertones and if they seem green that is a sign of warm undertones. If you see a combo of blue and green, then this may mean you have neutral undertones.
Warm tones go well with yellow gold while Cool tones go well with silver. If the silver jewelry or clothes makes your skin glow then you are most likely cool toned. While if the gold brightens your skin you are probably warm toned.
Place a sheet of white paper or even a white towel next to your face. If your skin looks more yellowish then you have warm undertones, if it looks bluish then you have cool undertones and a neutral undertone will look more green.
Get matched! By a makeup artist or do it yourself. It's nice to get color matched by a makeup artist at a counter but I have been matched wrong and found my perfect shade and undertone on my own.
If you still have problems determining your skintone and you have access to foundations that you can swatch...then grab warm color (yellow) and a cool color (pink) foundation closest to your shade and swatch on your cheek. Swatching on your face gives a truer match than the back of your hand. Now which one blends in better? Taa daa! If they both look fine then you lucky brute! You are neutral. Simple and effective.
Now that you know your undertone, the hard part is over. Now you just need to find your shade in the color range. Again try to do swatches on your cheek to get the right color. Many companies have limited foundation shade ranges so findign the right color can take some time and effort. MAC and MUFE have great ranges of shades so you can be sure you can fnd your match. Mixing shades can also work but that is tedious and tricky.
Now Choose Your Color
Now Choose Your Color
TIP: Foundation should blend seamlessly into your jawline and neck so if your neck is a different shade match the foundation closer to your neck and remember to blend.
TIP: Foundation may oxidize over time so try to get samples of a couple of shades lighter and darker to see how the color looks after about a hour of wear.
Hope that helps a bit. Happy hunting.