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How to find the right foundation shade

Updated: Jun 14, 2021

Makeup mistakes are quite different from every other mistake; it is usually really obvious to all, if you don't get it right, you don't! There are no two ways about it. The highlight of every horrible makeup is wearing the wrong shade of foundation. This is one aspect people don't seem to always get right. It is the base of the entire process and once it is faulty, the whole result doesn't look good.

The annoying thing about using the wrong shade of foundation is; your head looks like your body ain't yours with a completely different shade of skin from the body. Makeup should look natural when it comes to your skin, especially the foundation, the ultimate goal is to find a foundation that looks like your own skin.

Here are some tips you can use to make sure you’re choosing the right shade of foundation.

The first thing to note when shopping for a foundation is, do not match the foundation on the back of your hand, it will not give you a correct match; due to the hands being a slightly different colour than the rest of the body, thus giving a mismatched foundation. Preferably, match on the jawline so you can compare it to the neck.

Getting the right shade of foundation goes beyond your skin tone, you need to put your undertone into consideration also. It is your undertone that determines which shade will match best. When purchasing a foundation, get 3 different shades that are close to your skin tone, apply one stripe of each along your jawline; remember not to apply on the back of your hands. Blend in till it sits well, whichever shade sits perfectly on the skin, is an indication of what the undertone is.

Not blending perfectly is one big mistake most people make. When applying the foundation, cover the entire face and blend it well round the face, blend down to your jawline to cover all aspects of your face and avoid any discolouration. The foundation should match your neck as well, this may be confusing if your neck is a different shade than your face, if so; you should buy a foundation that matches your neck more than your face.

Finally, after getting your perfect shade, applying too much foundation can make your skin look too dry and cakey. It also makes it obvious that you are wearing a foundation which erases the whole purpose of choosing a shade that matches your complexion.

The less foundation you wear, the better because it works primarily to make your skin look smoother and clear. You do not want to overdo it.



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