Picking The Right Foundation For Your Skin Tone

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Picking the right foundation for your skin tone can be tricky. Sometimes it’s either too light, too dark, too yellow, too beige or it’s “not quite right”. I have written this simple guide to help you choose a foundation that is right for your skin tone so that you can achieve an all-natural, non “cake-face” look.

1. Prep Your Skin

First and foremost, you should prep your skin!  By mixing 2 tablespoons of my organic goodness with two tablespoons of water, I can help to remove dead skin cells, prevent excessive oil production and give your skin a deep cleanse before you apply your foundation. After you have let me nourish and cleanse your skin, apply a moisturiser as this can allow for easy application of your foundation and even improve coverage.

2. Find Your Undertone

Now it’s time to determine the best foundation for your skin type by working out if your complexion has warm, cool or neutral undertones. This can help you to pick the colour foundation that gives you a natural look without making you look washed out, or over done. One way to determine your tone is to look at the veins in your wrist. If they appear purple or blue and your skin has a pink tinge, you have a cool undertone. If your veins are blue or green and your skin has a yellow tinge, you have a neutral one. If your veins are slightly green and your skin has an olive tinge, your undertones are warm.

3. Test and select your coverage

Now you know what tone (cool, neutral, or warm) to look for when shopping for a foundation , it’s time to test a few different variations. It is generally best to do this along your jawline or on your T-Zone under natural light (note: The T-Zone is the part of your face that is made up of the forehead, nose and chin).

For those with a cool undertone, look for shades that include keywords like “tan”, “shell”, “fawn” and “beige” on the bottle. Some brands might even label the bottle with a “C” (for “cool”) on it. The colour of these foundations tends to be a little pink.

For neutral undertones, look for shades that fall into the middle of the cool-warm spectrum. Again, some bottles may feature a “N”on them and generally have a more beige tone.

For warm undertones, look for keywords like “golden”, “honey” and “warm” on the bottle. They will generally look a bit more yellow.

You will know which colour is right for you if it blends in with your natural skin tone after testing it. If you are struggling between two different tones, choose the lighter one as you can always add more colour with bronzer or blush.

4. Application

Application is key! So when you plan to rock your natural and flawless look, make sure you apply your foundation using a brush. Start by dotting three dabs across your forehead, two on each cheek, and two on your chin. Now blend the product down the front of your forehead and across the bridge of your nose. Make sure you are blending the foundation in with circular motions.  If you’re after a little more coverage,  repeat the steps until you have achieved the right amount. It is important that you clean your brush after use as this can help prevent the “cake-face” look!

Stay Clear! Xo