4 TIPS TO FIND THE PERFECT FOUNDATION FOR YOUR SKIN TONE
June 4, 2016
I don’t know about you, but when I’m getting ready to leave the house I like my routine to be simple and effective. I have all sorts of ‘short cuts’ that I take to make getting ready just that little bit quicker. I choose my outfit the night before, I have my bag or make up kit packed and waiting at the door, and I have my beauty products lined up and ready to be put to work.
Having a foundation shade that best suits my skin tone is one of these short cuts that I find to be very handy.
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve rushed out the door and have completely forgotten to check that I don’t have a ‘foundation line’ or that my skin is looking decent. I also don’t have the time to be fiddling around my foundation stash and just winging it to find the right shade - and this is coming from someone who has plenty of experience in mixing and matching!
I have two shades of L’Oreal Paris True Match Foundation, one for when I’m pale (N2 is my pale shade, in case you were wondering) and one for when I have a tan. I’m currently using a purple based tan which actually gives my skin an olive appearance so my shade is N4 with a tan. When I was using a green based tan it would come out more golden on my skin so W4 suited me best.
My foundation needs to be reliable, and having my foundation routine locked down makes my beauty routine so much easier.
With this in mind, here are my top tips for choosing a foundation shade that's right for you.
4 Tips to find the perfect shade of foundation for your skin.
If you’re shopping in store:
1-Take a look at the colour of your skin and of your veins. Are your veins blue or green? Does your skin have a yellow tone, a pink tone or a neutral tone to it? If you had to choose a pink lipstick or an orange one, which would you choose? Do you like wearing pastels or earthy tones?
BLUE VEINS / NEUTRAL TO PINK SKIN / PINK LIPSTICK / PASTELS
Your skin is cool toned. In L’Oreal Paris True Match Foundation these shades begin with a C.
Your skin is warm toned. This is represented by a W in the True Match range.
HELP! I CAN’T DECIDE!
If you can’t decide either way then your skin is probably a fairly neutral tone. This is great news as you can suit all sorts of colours! For your foundation, you should shop from the neutral shades, represented by an N.
You’ve now figured out which undertone suits you best, now it’s time to find your True Match!
L’Oreal Paris True Match Foundation comes in 11 shades that range from very pale to very tanned and these are labelled by numbers 1-7. 1 being fair and 7 being deep.
2- Try out a couple of shades that you think may suit you, and test those next to each other on your decollatage. I like to test in this area as it’s the most accurate colour to match your face to your body. A lot of us will have paler faces and necks compared to our bodies so I always like to add a bit of colour to my face so that my face and body are seamlessly one colour.
3- Once you have a couple of colours to check out, take a mirror and look at the colour outside in natural light. It’s the most honest lighting and I HIGHLY recommend following through with this step before purchasing any foundation.
You’d be surprised how those bright lights in beauty stores can make any shade look like it matches your skin tone - that’s when you end up with distinctive lines between your foundation and skin.
If you’re shopping online:
4- L’Oreal Paris have made it super easy to find your True Match. Click HERE to take their quiz to find the foundation shade that best suits your skin tone.
L’Oreal Paris True Match Foundation can be purchased online from Priceline.
You can see my behind the scenes video from my True Match shoot with L’Oreal Paris here.