You’ve kept up with all of your facial appointments. Your skin is radiating with youthful beauty. You’ve got the skin care part of your daily regimen covered. You’re ready to take on the day!
There’s just one little problem…you’re not so sure that the foundation you’ve been using is really matching your skin color. So what exactly is the secret to choosing the right foundation for your skin tone?
Not only is finding the right color necessary, but you must know the different types of foundation available so you pick out the best for your skin type. There are a few things to keep in mind when making this decision.
Factors to Consider When Choosing the Right Foundation
Determining your skin type is a must before choosing a foundation. There are so many types of foundation out there and some are formulated to work with dry skin while others are meant to work for those with oily skin. There’s even foundation formulated for mature skin types.
Level of Coverage
There are three main levels of coverage you can choose from when buying and applying a foundation. Those levels are light, medium, and full. Most products that will provide a light coverage are meant to only provide light coverage. Most medium-level foundations can be built upon to create fuller coverage.
Type of Finish
Aside from choosing your preferred level of coverage, it’s important to decide what type of look you are going for. Do you want a healthy, dewy glow, or are you seeking more of a matte finish? Your foundation options will usually state whether or not they provide a matte or dewy finish, but keeping your skin type in mind is important when deciding what to go with.
Dewy finishes are usually formulated for dry skin types, while matte finishes are made for oilier skin types. Dewy finishes tend to make people with oily skin look even oilier, while matte finishes can enhance the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles in those with drier skin types.
But don’t worry, because there are still ways for those with oily skin types to achieve a dewy glow.
If you have dry skin and are looking to rock the matte look, skin care is key to avoiding the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Always start with a good moisturizer and hydrating primer. Opt for a hydrating liquid foundation and follow up with a light application of translucent powder for a matte finish.
I personally have dry skin, and have found that Fit Me! Matte Liquid Foundation by Maybelline gives me the coverage I want and doesn’t sink into creases on my face. Just make sure to keep up with your skin care routine for dry skin, and apply the foundation with a moist sponge.
Time of Day
If you are serious about your foundation, you may find yourself ending up with a few different types.
Most women choose to go with a lighter coverage foundation during the daytime and a fuller application in the evening. However, if you have blemishes that you want to cover up, you could always go with a medium or full application during the day as well.
Time of Year
Along with having a few different types of foundation, you may find yourself carrying a few different shades as well.
Your skin tone can change in the Winter and Summer months due to sun exposure. You may need a lighter shade in the Winter, while a darker shade may suit you in the Summer.
During the Winter you can get away with using a lightweight foundation for added moisture, but if you prefer fuller coverage, a heavier foundation will still work. Be sure to start with a hydrating primer before using liquid foundations. Summertime is the season for a lighter-weight foundation that won’t make your skin feel heavy. Especially if you are outside sweating!
Tips for Matching Foundation to Skin Tone
Lighting is key.
If it is possible to be near natural daylight when color matching, be sure to make good use of it! This will provide the best lighting and will ensure that you find the exact color you need. If you are testing different foundations at the store, take your test near a window to get as much natural light as possible.
You want your foundation to disappear.
You will know you’ve found the correct shade of foundation for your skin tone when the shade “disappears” into your skin. Choose three shades close to what you think you need and test each color on your jawline. This is the best spot to test for your true skin tone. Whichever shade seems to disappear on your skin will be the winner.
The most appropriate foundation color for your skin tone is going to be the one that balances between the color of your neck and the skin color of your face. The skin of your neck is usually lighter than the skin of your face. Go for a foundation color somewhere in between the two. This is also going to be why you want to test in the jawline area. It will give you the best results. Avoid using your wrist to test for a color.
Test, test, and test some more!
If you are at a store that will allow you to test foundation samples to find your perfect match, apply a streak of each foundation along your jawline. This will help you find the perfect color of foundation for your skin tone.
Unless you already know the color that you need, avoid stores that don’t allow you to test foundation. It’s a hassle realizing the color you thought would work doesn’t, then having to drive back to the store to return it.
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