Foundation Test: How to Choose the Best Color

The Dew Drop Powder FoundationIf you wear the wrong foundation color, everyone will notice. An artist prepares a canvas with gesso before she begins to paint. Foundation is like gesso, helping to prepare your face for a perfect makeup application. 

Types of Foundation

In addition to using the wrong color, one of the most common blunders ladies encounter with foundation is using the wrong type. Here’s a look at the different types and how to use them:

Liquid foundation: Provides light to medium coverage, but isn’t very forgiving if you choose the wrong color, especially if you use a heavier kind. Play it safe with BECCA Cosmetics. A great, can’t-go-wrong BECCA foundation is the Luminous Skin Color because it’s extra sheer.

Cream foundation: The type of foundation you generally find in stick form or in a compact. Because it offers heavier coverage than liquid foundation, it’s vital that you get the color right. One of the best types of cream foundation is Dew Drop Powder Foundation from Kevyn Aucoin, which is a cream-to-powder formula.

Tinted moisturizer: This type of foundation offers the lightest amount of coverage. The Shimmering Skin Perfector from BECCA Cosmetics doubles as a tinted moisturizer. This option is optimal if you already have great-looking skin.

Powder foundation: Offering full to light coverage, powder foundation provides the greatest selection of colors from which to choose. If you have light to medium-dark skin, try the Jouer foundation Replenish & Protect Hydrating Powder SPF 39.

How to Choose the Right Foundation Color

1. Determine your skin’s undertone. Look at the colors of the veins on the backside of your arm. If the veins are bluish in color, you have a “cool” undertone. If the veins are greenish, you have a “warm” undertone. If your veins have a mix of both colors, you have a neutral undertone.

2  Pay attention to your skin’s tone. Skin tones are generally classified as olive, fair, pink, yellow or dark. If you’re not sure what your skin tone is, wrap a white towel loosely around your neck and notice what color pops out when you look at your face in the mirror.

3.  Choose the foundation that matches your skin tone and undertone the best. Your forearm is a good testing spot when you think you’ve found the right color.

4. Don’t be afraid to mix and match. When you’re having a hard time finding the perfect color, you might need to mix two colors together to find the right match. (Beauty pros do this all the time.)

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