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Easy steps to finding the right foundation September 24, 2013

Is finding the foundation shade really that hard? The answer is no.

Easy steps to finding the right foundation

Remember, foundation is all about creating a healthy, smooth and consistent coloring throughout your face, neck and décolleté

Easy steps to finding the right foundation

September 24, 2013

Is finding the foundation shade really that hard? The answer is no.

There are four key points you want to consider when selecting the best foundation formula and your correct shade: your skin type, desired coverage, skin tone and undertone. First, you will need to understand what type of skin you have: dry, oily, normal or combination. Based on your skin type and your desired finish, (matte, radiant, natural), you can select the foundation best suited to your needs. Remember, foundation is all about creating a healthy, smooth and consistent coloring throughout your face, neck and décolleté.

The next step is selecting your coverage. Coverage means how much of your natural skin you want to show through your foundation. (sheer, medium or full)

Then you need to determine your basic skin tone.  Are you fair, moderately fair, medium, medium deep, deep or very deep?

Then, on to undertone, which is a word that usually confuses people.  When we talk about undertone, what we mean is the color that is most predominant in your skin after brown and white. The most common undertones are usually yellow, neutral, pink-red, or olive.

There are a couple key areas on your body that will help you find your undertone, your neck and the inside of your arms.

Once you’ve determined your ideal foundation formula, it’s best to pick at least 3 colors that appear to be close to your skin tone. Test them on a clean jaw line before you make your choice.  The shade that disappears is the correct shade match.   Be sure to use enough foundation so that you get a clear idea of its true color.  A little dot won’t show you enough. If you prefer wearing a shade darker than your skin tone, use a warming primer in a caramel shade under the correct skin tone shade of foundation.  This will help you avoid a demarcation line common when wearing too dark of a foundation.  If you prefer wearing a lighter foundation, use a brightening primer in purple under the correct shade of foundation to avoid looking pale and chalky.

Now you’re ready to find your perfect foundation.

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