How To Match Your Foundation Shade Depending On Your Skin Tone

How To Match Your Foundation Shade Depending On Your Skin Tone

Finding a perfect foundation that matches your skin tone has never been just a walk in the park. If you’re struggling with various foundation products to choose from, today’s guidelines will come in handy.


In This Article:

  1. How to Determine Your Skin’s Undertone
  2. How to Pick Foundation Color
  3. HD Foundation


How to Determine Your Skin’s Undertone


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Skin undertone indicates the color coming through the skin from beneath its surface. Although your skin color may change because of sun exposure, ultraviolet light, or skin problems (acne, rashes), your skin undertone remains the same.

Determining your skin tone is essential since finding the right cosmetics relies on matching your unique undertone. Four categories help describe your skin tone, including light, fair, medium, and dark. Meanwhile, different skin undertones are broken down into:

  • Warm
  • Cool
  • Neutral


Here are some tips you may need to help describe your skin undertone:

  • Jawline test: clean your face and let it rest for about 15 minutes before checking. Next, observe your jawline through a mirror in natural light to determine your surface color.
  • Veins test: If they are purple or blue, you have a cool undertone. If they appear green or olive, you are warm. But if it’s hard to determine the dominant color, you perhaps have a neutral tone.
  • Sun test: If your skin tans quickly and rarely experiences a burning sensation, you probably have a warm or neutral undertone. Otherwise, you belong to the cool undertone category.
  • Jewelry test: If gold jewelry looks the best on you, you may have a warm undertone. If silver makes you look glowing, you probably are cool-toned. And if you look perfect with either of them, you definitely are neutral.


How to Pick Foundation Color


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Once you understand your skin color and undertone, it’s easier to narrow down the list of foundation shades that match your tone. Follow these steps to figure out the shade that gives you a flawless and radiant complexion:

  • Choose at least 3 shades that you think are a good match and apply a small amount of each color on your skin.
  • Choose one shade that you feel suits you the best between those swatches and apply it across your jawline.
  • Compare your jawline with the bare part of your face. If there is no difference, that’s the foundation for you.
  • Repeat the process until you find the matching shade.


To find the perfect match, remember to make sure your face doesn’t have a different color than the rest of your body. Besides your face tone, the foundation should also match the tone of your neck and chest.


HD Foundation


A high-definition foundation is an upgrade from a traditional one. Since cameras tend to expose any crease, wrinkle, or blemish on your face, HD foundation helps hide uneven skin texture and other imperfections. As a result, it provides the desired finish for other makeup products to settle on smoothly.

These days, thick, unnatural, and over-done makeup is now replaced with HD makeup. Many makeup artists choose HD foundation as it comes with a buildable and radiant coverage thanks to a unique lightweight formula, perfect for either on or off-camera.

Our pick: Gibson Girl Makeup Hi-Def Foundation

Foundation is the base of your face makeup. Choosing a shade that matches your skin tone is truly important whether you’re using a liquid, cream, or powder foundation. If you struggle with finding a perfect foundation for your makeup look, remember this handy guideline.


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