5 Tips On Color-Matching Your Foundation
Foundation is the one product you actually DON’T want to see! Sometimes it looks like the right shade in the bottle but once applied, is less than perfect. It could be because you misjudged your undertones or the product oxidized. So I thought it would be useful to share with you my 5 tips on color-matching your foundation to achieve better results.
Here are 5 tips on color matching your foundation:
Determine Your Undertones
-Warm=Golden, Cool=pink or red, Neutral=a mix of both.
Still not sure if you’re warm, cool, or neutral? Look at your veins. Blue is cool. Green is neutral AND warm. Also, look at what color clothing and accessories look best on you. Color toned=Cool undertones.
2. Test Shades On Multiple Spots On Your Face
Such as jawline, cheek, forehead, and neck. It should match the side of your face and neck so you don’t look like you’re wearing a mask. If the color looks different on various parts of your face, go with the one that looks best on your forehead and neck.
3. Test Shades Over The Course Of A Few Hours
In the bottle as a liquid, it is a certain color and can oxidize after it dries and sets. It can also change depending on your PH and body chemistry. Look at it in a different light and at different times of the day. Take a selfie with a flash because some foundations can photograph lighter than expected.
4. Prep Your Skin Properly
Sometimes a bad match is really just the way your foundation is sitting on your skin. Dry or dead skin creates a lackluster finish for your foundation. Make sure you exfoliate since your moisturizer can’t penetrate all of those dead skin cells. Everything you put over that, including your foundation, is not going to look good. Here is my favorite exfoliator which I use 4-5 times per week while I sleep. You can read about that here.
5. Full Coverage vs. Sheer Coverage?
Full coverage is great for covering acne or discoloration, but harder to match. Instead, using a sheer foundation with a buildable texture will give you a more natural look that is easier to match.
Beautycounter Skin Twin Featherweight Foundation
I’ve just started using Beautycounter’s Skin Twin, which is an update of their former foundation, Tint Skin. Skin Twin Featherweight Foundation provides a breathable, buildable coverage with hyaluronic acid to visibly plump the skin. Which is especially great, (but not limited to) those in the “maturing skin” category. I’m loving how light it feels going on. It doesn’t have that thick foundation feel and therefore is not “cakey” when it dries. It actually looks like your skin, but better!
Skin Twin is like your new best friend with benefits. This is the foundation for skincare lovers because you get instant results plus the added benefit of improving your skin over time.
It comes in warm, neutral, and cool shades and then broken down into Fair, Light, Medium, Tan, Dark, and Deep categories, it’s easy to find a perfect match. I’ve recently purchased 230 (light beige with golden undertones), 310 (medium beige with neutral undertones), and 410 (medium tan with neutral undertones) and can see that I’m definitely in the neutral zone. 310 right now and 410 after I get a summer tan.
I’m loving the weightlessness of this featherweight foundation! It now is playing a key role in my makeup wardrobe!