Matching Your Foundation To Skin-tone

 

So many women either buy, or are advised to buy by a shop assistant, the wrong colour foundations for their skin. Obviously our skin changes colour throughout the year, especially in the summer, when we’re all catching the sun and have a bit of a tan.

Personally, I’m a fan of only covering up blemishes or any pigmentation - and not the whole face, but I understand this is the quickest solution for a lot of women, so choosing the right colour of foundation is vital. 

I’m often asked the question - “how do I match my foundation to my skin-tone?” I’ve had so many years of experience that this comes naturally for me now - so here’s a simple guide.

Thankfully there are now quite a few high street and premium brands that offer a whole spectrum of colour from the lightest shade to the darkest.

Test the colour on your jawline NOT your hand, as this is never the same colour; the foundation should match your skin-tone, not be lighter than the skin-tone. Try to test in natural daylight if possible; if the shop assistant is helping you, ask if you can look at the colour by the window.  Spend time getting the colour right; it may mean trying a few shades on your jawline - in a stripe from your cheek downwards is ideal as this allows for colour blending. 

Equally important is matching your foundation tone to jewellery you wear and how you tend to tan.

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Those that suit and wear silver jewellery tend to have cooler skin-tones and those that suit gold tend to have warmer skin-tones.  If you’re lucky enough to suit both, you tend to have a neutral skin-tone.  

Those who have a cool skin-tone tend to turn pink or burn easily in the sun and those who have warm skin-tones will tan in the sun; even my daughter who has strawberry blond hair will go brown eventually, despite the constant SPF 50 defence!