Foundation Choose Right Shade !

by Aakriti Chauhan Gandhi
8 minutes read

Foundation Choose Right Shade: Choosing the right foundation for yourself is actually a difficult task with n number of products and brands available. There is a lack of knowledge and lack of support at the stores. What should you do?!

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So here I bring for an easy guide to help you choose the right foundation for your skin.

Foundation Shade Finder

Three things should be kept in mind before selecting a foundation. They are:

  1. Skin undertones
  2. Skin type
  3. Foundation coverage
First we will talk about Undertones

What is skin undertone? An undertone is a color which is just beneath your skin. Your skin color may change with time, but your skin undertone always remains the same.

Skin undertones are generally divided into 3 colors:
  1. Cool
  2. Warm
  3. Neutral/olive

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How to judge which undertone are you?

Look at your wrist veins in natural light and try judge whether they are of green color or blue color. If your veins are of greenish color it means you have warm undertones or yellow undertone. If your veins are of bluish color it means you have cool undertones or pink undertone. If you feel like it’s a mix of both or you are unable to judge which color it is it means you have a neutral undertone or olive undertone.

Hacks to find out your undertones:
  1. Stand in sunlight and judge the color of your wrist veins.
  2. Hold a piece of silver or platinum jewelry next to your skin, hold a piece of gold jewelry side by side. Choose which suits your skin tone better. If silver or platinum suits you better then you have cool undertones and if gold jewelry suits you better then you have warm undertones. If you feel both are suiting you equally well then you might have neutral undertones.
  3. Take a picture of yourself without makeup in natural light. Look at the picture and judge your undertone.

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So, when you are done with judging you skin undertone you will select the foundation according to your undertones. If you have warm undertones you will select a foundation which has a yellowish color to it. If you have cool undertones you will select a foundation which has a pinkish color to it. Neutral or olive undertones are less so you can mix the yellow and pink.

Skin Types and Coverage of Foundation

Not everyone has the same skin type. Different people have different skin types.

  1. Oily skin
  2. Dry skin
  3. Combination skin
  4. Normal skin
  5. Mature skin
  6. Acne prone skin

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Oily Skin

For people having oily skin, the right foundation will be the water-based or oil-free foundation, mouse foundation, a powder foundation with a matte effect. Use a medium to full coverage foundation. Avoid using fingers for application as it may generate heat with the rubbing and melt the product instead of blending in the skin.

Dry Skin

For people having dry skin, the right foundation will be the cream foundation or liquid foundation with hydrating properties. Apply using fingers, blending will be better.

Combination Skin

For people having combination skin, the right foundation is powder or liquid foundation with more than 50 water content.

Normal Skin

These people are blessed as any type of foundation goes on their skin. Texture and coverage are according to your wish.

Mature Skin

Skin ages with time. People having wrinkles should avoid heavy foundations as they settle in the lines and make them more prominent. Go for light formulations like liquid foundations or tinted moisturizers.

Acne-prone Skin

For people having acne prone the right foundation will be the one which is non-greasy, non-comedogenic (or non-acnegenic), hypoallergenic, non-irritating, and oil-free. Use water-based foundations. Use a medium to full coverage foundation to hide the pimples. Or use the right concealer( next article) and go with medium coverage foundation.

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Choosing the Right Shade of your Foundation

Lastly choosing the right shade is of utmost importance. If you go too light than your original skin shade your makeup will turn grey. If you go too dark than your original skin shade your makeup will look burnt. In both the cases you will not look natural and hence it will deteriorate your beauty.

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 Always test your foundation on the jawline!!

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Buy a foundation which either matches your skin shade or is one shade lighter than your original skin shade. If you buy the foundation of your skin shade then the powder must be one shade lighter. If you buy foundation one shade lighter then the powder should be of the same shade.

That’s it. Do all of this once,and you are set for life 😀 to Share this article with all your girlfriends! Let’s come together in this war against bad foundations 😛

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Devasmita Nath June 16, 2017 - 12:58 PM

I have oily skin and I always use my fingers for blending! ? such a mistake!! Thanks for the guidance…. ?

Paneeni June 16, 2017 - 2:33 PM

This is really very useful article… Thanks for sharing ??

Smriti June 16, 2017 - 2:56 PM

This article was of great help. Thanks a lot.

deyasini nandy June 16, 2017 - 5:29 PM

awesome and very helpful article 🙂

Gargi June 17, 2017 - 11:23 AM

Super useful article :))