I’ve received a lot of requests for more beauty basics lately, and it’s not hard to see why. We’d all like to be pros at anything we try of course, but when it comes to mastering any skill, it pays to have a good foundation (no pun intended, I swear). Today’s topic is all about finding the right foundation no matter your skin tone. Some people can stroll through the beauty aisle and find just what they need, while others have a tougher time finding the right match. No matter what though – if you’re going to wear makeup, it’s essential that you find the best foundation to lay the groundwork.

How to Find Foundation for your Skin Tone

Finding your skin tone

Your skin tone is how light or deep your shade is, which can usually be determined by how your skin reacts to the sun. If you turn into a lobster on the first sunny day of summer, you likely have fair skin. If your burn generally turns into a nice tan, you’re probably medium to medium light. And if you tan easily, your – you guessed it – medium. If you have darker skin, you may have a deep skin tone. But don’t just take this into account – your undertone is another factor in determining which foundation works for you.

Finding your undertone

I’ve talked about undertones before, and contrary to popular belief, knowing this can often give you a more accurate read on the types of makeup that looks best on you. That’s because undertone represents your skin color, which is something that never changes, no matter the season or your exposure to the sun. You can find out your tones – cool, warm, or neutral by performing these quick tests. Once you know both your skin and undertones, it’s time to go shopping.

Shopping for foundation

While it’s always nice to go straight to the beauty counter and test multiple foundations, you should be able to find a good shade on your own now that you know your skin and undertones – especially helpful for those testing out drugstore brands or shopping online. Whether your skin tone is fair, medium, or beige can steer you in the right direction, but your undertone will determine what specific shades to buy. I always recommend opting for two – one that suits your skin now and one two shades darker. That way, you’re set in both winter and summer, and in between you can mix the two for your perfect shade. As advanced as makeup is, sometimes you just gotta take things into your own hands.

But if you aren’t into mixing up your own concoction, don’t worry. Make Up For Ever and NARS are both known for having a wider range of shades. In fact, NARS’ Sheer Glow Foundation says right on the description which shade goes with what undertone, so you know which to try first.

The best way to test a foundation? By sweeping it across your jawline. Foundation shouldn’t look like yet another layer of makeup – if it’s invisible when applied, you’ve got a winner. Don’t forget that natural light will give you the best read, as makeup can look drastically different when experimented with in our harshly lit bathrooms.

Like I said, if you order something and it’s not quite right, you can always do a little mixing yourself. Your skin is as unique as you are, so don’t get discouraged if it takes more than one try to get it right.

Have you found your perfect foundation? How’d you discover it?

Read more about different types of foundation here.

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