Before the fall colors hit the shelves, we can look forward to the end of summer foundation launches. First, I could hardly wait for the new, Kevyn Aucoin Foundation Balm,…
Recent Foundation Blogs
Recent Foundation Blogs
Foundation is skin-colored makeup that is applied to the face in order to create an even, uniform color to the complexion. In addition, it covers the complexion’s flaws and imperfections. It is all-important for the rest of our makeup application because it creates the perfect canvas. Choosing the perfect foundation can be overwhelming. First of all, there are so many options on the market. And, new shades and new formulas are constantly being introduced. As a result, your perfect foundation has been replaced! Hence, you need to go through the aggravation of finding a new one. So how do you find the perfect match.
You have two types of skin tone, Your Surface Tone and Your Undertone. First, your surface skin tone is the exact color of the skin on your face. Of course, your face is never exactly same color. For one thing, you could have a tan. However, your tan will eventually fade. As a result, while you loose your tan, your surface tone will change almost daily. On the other hand, you could be pale because you are tired. Also, if you have been sick your color changes. Or, when you exercise, your surface tone may change again. Therefore, for whatever the reason, your Surface Tone is always changing color. How many of us try to match our Surface Tone to the proper foundation shade? It will never be the right shade if you choose your light to dark depth to pick your perfect shade. In fact, it is just as bad as had you tried out different shades on your hands or on your arms? Haven’t we all done that?
When buying a foundation, you’ve probably heard the terms cool, warm and neutral to describe how a shade will look on your skin. Understanding your real color of your skin is discovering your skin’s undertone.
It’s not about how light or dark your skin is. People of all skin colors, from very pale to very deep can have warm, neutral, or cool undertones. Hence, Cool, Warm and Neutral are the colors that come through your skin from underneath the surface to affect it’s overall hue. Therefore, Cool means hints of bluish, pink, or a ruddy complexion. On the other hand, Warm means skin skews yellow, sallow, peachy or golden. And, Neutral means the skin has no obvious overtones of pink, or sallow. So, neutral skin is when the actual color of the skin is more evident.
Your undertone’s underlying color shows really well on the inside part of your arm. This area is usually hidden from the sun. As a result, there is no sun damage or discoloration under the arm. Therefore it is an acurate place to see if you are warm, cool or neutral.
Another way to discover your undertone is to look at the color of your veins. First, if your veins look green, your undertone is warm. Second, if your veins look purple, your undertone is cool.
In addition, the Old Fashioned way to discover your undertone is to hold fabric samples next to your face. So, if you look good next to red or copper swatches that means you have warm undertones. And, if you look good next to bright jewel-toned swatches such as bright blue or green, you have cool undertones.
The Color IQ Service at Sephora is a machine that sans your face in a few different places, and evaluates your skin to determine which foundation shades are right for you. In fact, I’ve actually had the scan, and it proved to be very accurate.
First, ask yourself if you tan easily and rarely sunburn? If you answer yes, you have either warm or neutral undertones. And, if your answer is no, you probably have a cool undertone.
Next, do your veins look greenish? If so, you are probably a warm undertone. Moreover, if your veins appear bluish or deep purple, then you are a cool undertone. However, if you can’t which color you are, you are most likely a neutral undertone.
Another question to ask yourself is, do you look better in silver or gold jewelry. If you chose silver, you are probably a cool undertone. And, if you chose gold, you have a warm undertone. However, if you look great in both, most likely, you have a neutral undertone.
Last, ask yourself if your skin looks ashen or grey? If you are ashen or grey, you have an olive complexion. you have a natural neutral slightly yellow undertone that everyone has plus a greenish, ashen hue. However, you do not have a neutral undertone. You would benefit from a gold-toned shade that would warm up the green undertone in your skin.
Now you have figured out your undertone. However, that does not mean you should choose the bottle that looks uber pink. Nor should you choose the uberyellow bottle. The reason is, you do not want to look too pink, or too yellow!! Because there are so many shades to choose from, choose a few bottles to test. Most important, the goal is to choose neutral foundation shades that have a very subtle hint of either pinkish or yellowish tones.