Have you ever found it dificult to match a makeup foundation to your skin color and its undertone? Read on to learn more insight to remedy this problem.

Skin Color and Its Undertone:

Finding the right foundation color to match your skin can be complicated. Have you ever seen someone with too dark or too light of foundation color on their face as it doesn't match their neck? If you would like to avoid this than first, you will need to assess your skins undertone. Undertones can be either warm, cool, or neutral. Warm undertones lean toward a yellowish, golden, or peach color. Cool undertones lean toward a bluish, reddish, or pink color. You can have a mix of these, which would mean you have a neutral undertone.


A person can have a very fair shade of skin color with either warm, cool, or neutral undertone. A person can have a darker shade of skin and also have warm, cool, or neutral undertone.

A quick tip to figure out your skins undertone is to look at your wrist with palm facing up and see the color of the veins. If your veins appear a bit olive or green you have a warm undertone. If your veins appear bluish or purple you have a cool undertone. If you see blue and green in your veins appearance than you have a neutral undertone.

Makeup brands will offer a variety of colors to choose from, ranging from the lightest to the darkest and each color will also have an undertone to it. You can have a porcelain, usually the lightest color, with a cool undertone or an ivory with a warm undertone. The choices of color get darker as you go along the spectrum of foundation colors with each having varying undertones to help match to your skin. Look for the color that is closest to your skin color and than go up or down one or two shades to find your undertone. Sometimes you will see a (c) for cool, a (w) for warm, or a (n) for neutral next to the color name. This assists you in finding the color match that works best for you. There are also brands that offer a large section of colors, which I find to be best options for getting the color match that works for you. #matchingfoundationtoyourskincolorandundertone #makeupfoundationmatch

Quality Foundation

Foundation makeup is the base of all great makeup application. It can be a light application or heavy, it all depends on the look and coverage you are going for. Splurging on a higher end brand is usually best practice, especially if you are going to be professionally photographed or if you are doing makeup on someone who is going to be photographed. Keep in mind you do not need a heavy application for photographs as most people may think. Again, it does depend on the look you are trying to accomplish. The majority of my professional makeup application has always been to use the least amount of foundation possible to get an even, all over consistant result. #keepfoundationminimal I have always used a water based liquid foundation (revealing favorite products in a later post). If someone has oily or combination skin I use a makeup primer before foundation application. Oil blotting papers are a great way to absorb excess oil without removing makeup or adding more powder.

Foundations Can Contain Additional Nutrient

Foundation are getting more savvy by adding additional nutrients like vitamin E, A, C and also retinal or hyaluronic acid. Foundations can also contain sunscreen to help protect against those sun damaging rays. You can also mix some of your own product with your foundation by putting a small amount of your favorite moisturizer or serum on the top or your clean hand and add about equal parts of your foundation. Mix together and apply with fingers, makeup sponge, or foundation brush. It is like making your own tinted moisturizer or BB cream. #foundationmakeup #tintedmoisturizer #makeupbeauty

Different Types of Foundation

Not all foundations are created equal. From liquid, to mousse, sticks and so on, finding the right formula can be daunting. When going for a higher priced brand in store you can usually get a sample of the color of the product you are leaning toward, so you can try before you buy. Drug store brands do not have that option.The most important thing are the results on your skin. The right product will create a smooth finish that wears well throughout the day and into the night. Your foundation should not separate, peel or lift away from the skin. Some foundations, like an oil based are naturally heavier while a water based foundation is lighter and easier to apply. Any foundation type you use can be applied with just enough for even coverage or layered on to cover dark spots or blemishes. The only foundation type that is not easily blendable is silicone based which is applied by using an airbrush tool. Once you spray on the foundation there is no room for blending. Airbrush is a skill in itself. #foundationtypes #flawlessmakeuptips

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