How to Find Your True Foundation Shade

How To Find Your True Foundation Shade

The most difficult task when purchasing makeup is finding the suitable shade of foundation for your skin. Many of us even have different shades depending upon season to season. The struggle for finding the correct shade of foundation is not easy. We all know by experience that many times we have ended up with buying the wrong shade for ourselves. Well, we have a method that will make foundation shade selection much easier! Keep reading to find out more about how to find your foundation shade.

Determine your skin tone

The first step requires you to find out what your skin tone is. The natural color of your complexion which ranges from fair to deep is basically your skin tone. You need to find out where you fall in that range. Here is how you can do that

Fair skin tone

You look like a porcelain doll. Many people have resembled you with a porcelain doll once or twice. If this is so, then it means that you have Fair Skin Tone.

Light skin tone

Your skin tone is light but not much as your fair friends. You are more towards the pale side. If this is so then your skin tone is light.

Medium skin tone

Your skin tone isn’t light either is it dark, you are somewhere in the middle. If this is the case then your skin tone is medium.

Deep skin tone

If you have a dark complexion then that means you have a deep skin tone.

Extra tip: when checking your skin tone always refer to the area near the jaw line and avoid the cheek area as its more pigmented.

Now that you have determined your skin tone, the next step requires you to find out your undertones, read below to learn how to do that.

Determine your undertone

There is a lot of difference between skin tone and undertone and most people aren’t aware of it. The skin tone is basically the shade of your skin and undertones are colors that affect the overall hue. There are namely three types of undertones: cool, warm and neutral.

People with cool undertones have small hints of blue, green or pink in their complexion, whereas people with warm undertones have a touch of yellow or golden in their complexion. Neutral undertones are basically somewhere in the middle. If you want to find out what your undertone is, you can easily determine it by following the tricks given below.

Look at the underside of your wrist

This is the easiest way of determining your undertone. If you have blue or purple veins, it means you are cool toned, whereas if they appear green then that means you are warm toned. If it's not easy to determine by the color of the veins, chances are that you are neutral toned.  

Holding something white next to your face

Another easy way of finding your undertone is by placing a white piece of paper, or anything white next to your face. The white color will instantly create a contrast color on your skin. If your face seems towards the blue side it means you are cool toned, if it creates a green or a yellow tone then that means you are warm toned. You are probably neutral if the skin seems gray.

Colors that compliment

Think about the clothes and jewelry you wear when you receive compliments. If the shades of orange, green, brown are the colors on which you receive the most compliments then that means your skin undertone is warm. If the clothes that you receive compliments are rose, pink, pastel shades then your skin undertone is cool. Chances are that your skin undertone is neutral is your receive compliments regardless of the colors of your clothes.

Suggested products: Maybelline New York Dream Liquid Mousse Foundation


Now that you have determined your skin tone and skin undertone, finding your shade will be not a problem anymore. Many foundations usually come with 3 undertones and range from fair to deep. All you need to do is put your skin tone and undertone together to find your shade.

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