It can be a bit of a confusing and overwhelming task to pick up the right foundation matching your skin, especially with so many brands, textures, and shades. Wearing a foundation should look as natural as bare skin. If you go lighter, you’ll end up looking all grey and pale; and if you go darker, you’ll end up with visible differences in tones no matter how good you blend. To end up looking as natural as possible, follow these steps next time you are buying a foundation.
Know your skin undertone
Foundation shades with yellow undertones work best for a warm complexion. If your complexion is cool, then foundation shades with pink undertones will work best for you. If you are unsure what your skin undertone is, there are simple steps to know why. First, grab a white t-shirt, tissue, or a piece of cloth and hold it next to your face. If your skin looks pinkish or rosy in comparison then your complexion is cool. If it looks yellowish, then you have a warm complexion. Another test is silver vs gold. Silver is more flattering on cool skin tones while yellow gold looks better on cool skin tones.
Picking up the right shade
Mostly, women tend to try foundation swatches on the forearms, but that’s not the right body part to try the shades since this is not the same color as your face. To pick up the right foundation shade, test on your face and especially the jawline to be able to detect the difference in color between your face and neck. You will always need to change the shade with the change of seasons. Go for darker and bronze foundations in summer and lighter ones for winter.
Consider your skin type
This is one of the most important things to bear in mind. Your skin type is one of the top factors to consider when picking the finish. Since oily and combination skin tends to get shiny, the best pick will be a matte finish. On the other hand, if your skin is normal to dry, go for a dewy finish to make your skin look alive and glowing.
Decide the coverage level you need
If you prefer a natural look, then a full-coverage foundation will look too heavy for you. But in the end, it all depends on where and for how long you want to wear it. Go for sheer or light coverage for the mornings, they will touch up your skin while keeping a natural look. For special occasions or days where you spend it mostly outdoors, go for long-wear and full-coverage. Also, if you have problems with your skin such as acne scars, full coverage will be better for you.