Find Your Match: How to Choose the Right Foundation for Your Skin Tone

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Sometimes finding a foundation that matches your skin is not an easy task at all. It’s important for you to get just the right shade so that it creates a proper canvas for the rest of your makeup and that it looks natural. Some of the factors you must consider when choosing the right foundation shade are undertones, skin type and skin tone. Here’s a little guide to help you in your search.

Determine your undertones

You might have already heard about undertones ‒ those subtle tints of colour in your skin. It’s important to determine your undertones because only the foundation that matches both your skin tone and your undertones will blend perfectly. Every person has either warm, neutral or cool undertones and you can determine yours by looking at the inside of your wrist. Does your wrist looks more pink or yellow or somewhere in between? If it’s more pink, you have cool undertones, yellow means warm and somewhere in between is neutral. If this test doesn’t help, you can take pink and gold fabrics and compare them to your arm. If it’s more similar to pink ‒ your undertone is cool, yellow ‒ your undertone is warm and neither means it’s neutral.

What is your type?

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There are so many types of foundation today that it can be a little bit overwhelming trying them all out. You can choose between cream, powder, liquid and mousse and it can be hard deciding which one is the best for your skin. However, there is usually a rule to everything, foundation included. If you have dry skin, opt for a cream or a hydrating liquid foundation, but if your skin is a little bit oily, then better go for a mineral or oil-free liquid formula.


Now that you know your undertones and the perfect type of foundation for you, it’s time to find the best match. But how can you know without trying it out on your face? Experts recommend you bring some old foundation you know matches your skin and hold it up against all the other shades in the store. Choose the one that is the closest match. If you don’t already own some foundations, you can grab a mirror, head to the spot with the most natural light and compare them to your skin tone along your jawline. Try three or four shades and get the closest one.

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Have you found two shades that you like and just can’t decide which one to get? Well, you can get them both and try them out at home. This might feel like a waste of money, but you will actually save some in the long run because you will never make another mistake. Also, you can use the lighter foundation in the winter and the darker one in the summer. Additionally, you can mix them together and potentially get just the perfect match for your skin tone.

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Perfect application

Foundation is supposed to enhance your skin, not create a mask that’s going to hide it. When applying foundation, you want to make it look natural and seamless. The best thing you can use here is a dense foam sponge or a good foundation brush that will allow you to use as little product as possible to get that natural look. You can find great brushes and brush cleaners at Osmosis skin care so you can apply the foundation like a professional. For a final touch of blending, you can gently go over your face with a damp sponge and then finish off with some loose powder.

So, head down to your favourite cosmetics store, try some of these tricks and soon you will find your perfect foundation match.

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