The Basics of Foundation Matching
Did you know that 85% of women can’t choose the correct shade even if the right tools were provided? That’s right, the majority of us have had the frustrating experience of buying a foundation that is either too light, too dark, or just not quite right.
Foundation matching can be daunting, but it doesn’t have to be. You can always find your perfect shade with the right knowledge and tools. This foundation guide will cover the makeup basics of foundation matching, giving you simple tips to help you find your ideal foundation tone. Keep reading to learn more.
Know Your Skin Tone
This is the first step toward finding the perfect foundation. Your skin tone is the natural color of your skin, and it can be broken down into three categories: fair, medium, and deep. Each of these comprises undertones, which are the colors beneath your skin’s surface.
Undertones are often categorized as warm, cool, or neutral. Warm undertones have yellow, peach, or golden hues, while cool undertones have pink, red, or blue hues. Neutral undertones balance warm and cool tones, making them a combination of both.
So how do you identify your undertones?
One simple trick is to look at the veins on your wrist. If they appear green, you likely have warm undertones. If they appear blue, you likely have cool undertones. You may have neutral undertones if you can’t tell if they’re blue or green.
You should also pay attention to how your skin reacts to the sun. If you burn easily and rarely tan, you likely have cool undertones. If you tan easily and rarely burn, you likely have warm undertones. People with neutral undertones tan easily but can also burn.
Understand the Different Types of Foundation
There are many types of foundations to choose from. The key is to select a formula that suits your skin type and coverage needs. For instance, the liquid foundation offers various coverage options, from sheer to full. It works well for all skin types, especially dry or combination skin.
Powder foundation is great for oily skin because it offers a natural, matte finish and helps control oil and shine throughout the day. It is easy to apply and can provide light to medium coverage.
Cream foundation is perfect for those with dry skin. It offers a more hydrating formula and medium to full coverage.
Stick foundation is compact and easy to apply, making it perfect for touch-ups throughout the day. It provides medium to full coverage and works well for all skin types, depending on the formula.
Tinted moisturizer is a great option for those who prefer a natural, minimal makeup look. It offers sheer to light coverage and provides hydration to the skin. Tinted moisturizer works well for all skin types, especially dry or sensitive skin.
Leverage Tools for Foundation Matching
There are several tools that can make the process of foundation matching easier and more accurate. You can shop for some at makeup counters or beauty stores, including sets of color swatches and scan devices.
Technology also offers several apps to help you find the right foundation tones for your skin. Some popular apps include Sephora’s Virtual Artist and the YouCam Makeup app.
Makeup brands now offer online tools that can help you determine your foundation shade. They typically ask you a series of questions about your skin tone and type and provide you with a recommended shade. Examples include the Find Your Shade tool from Fenty Beauty and the Shade Finder tool from MAC.
Always test your foundation in natural lighting to ensure an accurate match.
Say Goodbye to Foundation Matching Woes with Charleston Hair and Makeup!
At Charleston Hair and Makeup, we understand the importance of finding a foundation shade for your skin tone. That’s why we offer personalized makeup services for weddings and other special events. Our experienced makeup artists will work with you to find a foundation shade that enhances your natural beauty.
Contact us today to learn more about foundation matching or schedule a consultation.