How To Find Your Perfect Foundation Shade

Like great buildings, great makeup begins with a solid foundation. So what’s the best way to ensure you’re using the right shade?

The right foundation should match your skin’s undertone. ‘Undertone’ refers to the colours under the surface of your skin and can be warm, cool and neutral.

Warm – Think yellow, peachy, and golden.
Cool – Think red, pink, and bluish.
Neutral – Think olive or a mix of those above.

How to determine your undertone
Take a good look at the veins on your wrist for an easy way to determine your undertone. If your veins look green, it’s likely you have warm undertones; if they’re blue/purple, you have cool undertones. If the veins are colourless or match your skin colour, you most likely have neutral undertones.

How does your skin react to the sun?
First things first, always wear sunscreen. Nevertheless, how your skin reacts to UV can also be a big indicator to your undertone. Those who burn easily likely have cool undertones; those who tan without burning may have warm undertones.

I’ve discovered my undertone, now what?
Once you’ve discovered your undertone, finding your true match foundation shade will get a whole lot easier! Here’s a helpful guide to what to look for when foundation hunting:

Warm shades are often named beige, golden, tan, caramel, and chestnut.

Cool shades are often labelled porcelain, rose, sable, cocoa.

Neutral shades are often referred to as ivory, buff, nude, and praline.

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