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How to find your undertone and choose the right foundation

Finding the right shade of base to match your complexion always seems like a daunting task, and studies show most of us aren’t wearing the right color anyway. Often foundations and concealers prompt you to choose a shade based on your undertone, especially when shopping online. But if you don’t know what your undertone is, that isn’t much help!

Foundations usually come recommended for one of three undertone types: cool, neutral, or warm.
To get you closer to finding the perfect match, we have put together steps to outline how to figure out your undertone.

These same principles apply on all skin tones, from very fair to dark. And remember, if you’re having trouble doing it yourself, you can always ask a professional makeup artist for a skin analysis.

You have a “cool” undertone if:

– If the veins on your wrist are blue or purple
– If silver jewellery flatters your skin more than gold
– When you look at your skin in the sun, it appears blue-ish

Those with cool undertones will notice their skin has a pink, red, or blue tinge to it.

You have a “neutral” undertone if:

– The veins on your wrist are blue-green
– Both gold and silver jewellery flatter your skin
– When you look at your skin in the sun, it appears greenish

If you have neutral undertones, your skin is neither pink/red/blue nor yellow/gold/peach, but somewhere in between.

You have a “warm” undertone if:

– The veins on your wrist are slightly green or olive
– Gold jewellery flatters your skin more than silver
– When you look at your skin in the sun, it appears yellowish

Those with warm undertones will notice their skin has a yellow, gold, or peach tinge to it.

So now you know your undertone, you can start to narrow the field. If you’re trying foundations in a store, here are three tips to help you find the right one.

Prep Skin First
Before you do anything, exfoliate and moisturize your skin. If your skin is sweaty or isn’t totally clean, the colour won’t be accurate!

Test in Good Lighting
Make sure you test your foundation in good lighting. It’s always a good idea to first test it out in one location, and then go somewhere else with different lighting to see if it still matches. And make sure you’re wearing white, as other colours might alter your tone.

Match the Colour You See Most
There are three parts of the body you have to think about: the face, the neck, and the décolletage. The most natural thing would be to match your neck, but because of sun exposure and elements, the face/décolletage are often darker than your neck.


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