How to Choose Foundation Shade According to Skin Tone in 4 Steps

Last modified on January 25th, 2019 at 3:28 pm

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Which Foundation Shade Am I

 

Why am I glowing like a light bulb?
Why does the color of my face and neck look so different from each other?
God, this makeup is making me look so dark!
When I did my makeup everything was fine, but why is it making me look so dull now?

 

The reason for all these problems is just one – wrong shade of makeup foundation. There’s no one foundation that fits all. Knowing how to choose the right foundation is as important as knowing how to apply foundation. Here’s our go-to guide on how to choose a foundation shade that is perfect for you.

In this post, we’ll cover:
1. How to find your skin tone
2. How to identify your skin undertone
3. How to choose foundation shade from swatches
4. How to make your foundation season-proof
5. Which foundation shade am I? – includes celeb-inspired help guide

How to find your skin tone

Skin tones are split into three main categories – Light, medium and deep. In the global context, Indians, largely, have medium skin tone irrespective of the region we hail from. Light skin tone typically is reflective of Caucasians while deep is for Africans.
Medium skin tone can be further sub-divided into beige, tan, honey and more such colors. Refer to the infographic below and find the skin tone closest to yours.

 

How To Identify Your Skin Color

How to identify your skin undertone

 

How to identify skin undertone
Image courtesy NYX Cosmetics

 

Skin undertone refers to the color that comes through the skin from underneath its surface. Skin undertones are of three types – warm, neutral and cool. To identify your skin undertone, here are a few tests you can try:

1. The wrist test: Check the color of your veins. If they are purple or blue in color then you are cool. If they are green or olive in color, you are warm. But if you are unable to determine the dominant color, you are neutral.

2. The sun test: If your skin turns red when you are out in the sun, you have cool undertone. Conversely, if you get tanned easily in the sun you have warm undertone.

 

How to choose foundation shade from swatches

 

How To Choose Foundation Shade

 

Once you know skin color and undertone, your search for the right foundation shade narrows down considerably. You will, most likely, by now have a handful of foundations shades to choose from. In such a scenario it’s best to test the shades on your skin and find the perfect match.

Start by shortlisting three shades that seem to be a good match. Then, dab some of each shade as short lines on your jaw line (do keep some space in between each). Don’t just consider your face for making the final decision but also your neck. The foundation you choose should blend seamlessly with both your face and your neck.

How to determine which foundation shade looks best

Of the three swatches, remove the two that don’t suit you. Now, spread the finalised shade across your jawline, and sweep a cotton bud soaked in makeup remover right in the middle. If you don’t notice any difference between your foundation and bare skin, then that’s the foundation for you. But, if you see a difference between the two, this shade is not for you. Repeat the cycle till you find the shade you are looking for.

 

Don’t forget to read our post on How To Apply Foundation

 

How to make your foundation season-proof

Summers and winters – different seasons mean different makeup foundations. In summers, our skin tone tends to be slightly darker while in winters, it is paler. So, the moment you see that your chosen foundation is not working the way it should, it’s time to switch. When preparing your vanity for seasons, it also helps to know the types of foundations that will work for you. For instance, if your skin dries up a lot during winters, you should opt for oil or cream-based foundations and not mousse or water-based ones.

 

Which foundation shade am I?

To help you figure out which foundation shade to go for, we have here a celeb-inspired go-to guide. Find out who’s complexion you resemble the most and test out the foundation shades mentioned alongside to find your foundation match. Note that these are indicative shades and might not be your exact match. Do test the shades to find your true match.

Foundations Shades To Try
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Porcelain Skin Tone

Foundations Shades To Try
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Ivory Skin Tone

Foundations Shades To Try
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Sand Skin Tone

Foundations Shades To Try
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Beige Skin Tone

Foundations Shades To Try
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Natural Skin Tone

Foundations Shades To Try
For
Tan Skin Tone

Foundations Shades To Try
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Natural Tan Skin Tone

Foundations Shades To Try
For
Golden Natural Skin Tone

Foundations Shades To Try
For
Honey Skin Tone

Foundations Shades To Try
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Golden Honey Skin Tone

Foundations Shades To Try
For
Golden Skin Tone

Foundations Shades To Try
For
Golden Almond Skin Tone

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Table: Find Out Foundation Shades Matching Your Skin Tone

S. No. Skin Tone Foundation Shades to Try
1 Porcelain NYX Professional Makeup Total Control Drop Foundation: Porcelain, Pale

L.A. Girl PRO Matte Foundation: Ivory, Bisque

Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation: Porcelain

2 Ivory NYX Professional Makeup Total Control Drop Foundation: Nude, Light Ivory

L.A. Girl PRO Matte Foundation: Ivory, Bisque

Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation: Ivory, Cool Ivory, Warm Ivory

3 Sand NYX Professional Makeup Total Control Drop Foundation: Nude, Vanilla

L.A. Girl PRO Matte Foundation: Bisque, Beige

Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation: Sand, Warm Sand, Cool Sand

4 Beige NYX Professional Makeup Total Control Drop Foundation: Medium Olive, True Beige

L.A. Girl PRO Matte Foundation: Bisque, Beige

Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation: Beige, Warm Beige, Cool Beige

5 Natural NYX Professional Makeup Total Control Drop Foundation: Natural, Soft Beige, Beige

L.A. Girl PRO Matte Foundation: Beige, Natural

Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation: Natural, Golden Natural, Warm Natural

6 Tan NYX Professional Makeup Total Control Drop Foundation: Buff, Classic Tan

L.A. Girl PRO Matte Foundation: Natural, Light Tan

Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation: Tan, Natural Tan, Warm Beige

7 Natural Tan NYX Professional Makeup Total Control Drop Foundation: Classic Tan, Camel

L.A. Girl PRO Matte Foundation: Medium Beige, Sand

Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation: Tan, Natural Tan, Warm Beige

8 Golden Natural NYX Professional Makeup Total Control Drop Foundation: Golden, Camel

L.A. Girl PRO Matte Foundation: Sand, Medium Beige

Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation: Natural, Golden Natural, Warm Natural

9 Honey NYX Professional Makeup Total Control Drop Foundation: Golden, Caramel

L.A. Girl PRO Matte Foundation: Soft Honey

Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation: Honey, Cool Honey, Warm Honey

10 Golden Honey NYX Professional Makeup Total Control Drop Foundation: Golden Honey, Cinnamon

L.A. Girl PRO Matte Foundation: Golden Bronze

Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation: Golden Honey, Cool Honey, Warm Honey

11 Golden NYX Professional Makeup Total Control Drop Foundation: Nutmeg, Mahogany,

L.A. Girl PRO Matte Foundation: Warm Sienna

Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation: Golden, Cool Golden, Golden Honey

12 Golden Almond NYX Professional Makeup Total Control Drop Foundation: Mahogany, Sienna

L.A. Girl PRO Matte Foundation: Caramel, Café

Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation: Golden Almond, Cool Golden, Warm Almond

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