Finding your colour match can be tricky, and I have to say, this is probably the question I get asked the most by my clients and my followers on social media. People are often surprised to find out that my professional kit doesn’t actually contain that many foundation shades.
I’m going to give you some tips and tricks to find your foundation colour match without falling victim to an expensive trial and error process! Ready? Here we go!
Tone vs Undertone
Skin tone is the surface skin colour. Generally speaking, it's whether you're fair, medium, or deep (simple, right?). Undertone, on the other hand, is the subtle hue underneath the surface. Undertones can be cool, warm, or neutral. Moreover, there are limitless skin tones/undertone combinations, which is why finding the perfect foundation match is not as simple as choosing a fair, medium, or deep shade.
There are three undertone categories: warm, cool, and neutral.
If your skin veers pink, red, or blueish, you have cool undertones. If your skin has a yellow, peachy, or golden tinge, you have warm undertones. If you have a mix of both, your undertone is neutral.
Still unsure? Take a look at these tips to determine once and for all:
What colour do you see when you hold a blank piece of white paper next to your face? If your skin appears more yellow, than you're probably warm. If your skin looks pink, then you're likely on the cool side.
Do you think you look better in gold or silver?This concept is a bit more outdated and subjective than it is telling, and many people's jewelry collections probably contain a fair mix of both. But if you're game to try it, the adage goes that gold better complements warm undertones and silver will complement cool undertones, following in the rule that the warm tones in gold jewelry bring out the warmth in like-undertones and the cool reflective properties of silver draw flattering light to cool undertones.
Warm Undertone: I have golden or red undertones. I typically get darker in the sun and never burn.
Neutral Undertone: I have equal parts warm and cool undertones. I typically get darker in the sun and sometimes burn.
Cold Undertone: I have pink or blue undertones. I tend to burn easily.
Undertone Guide - Light
Undertone Guide - Medium and Medium+
Undertone Guide - Deep
It's not uncommon to have a foundation shade for winter and foundation shade for summer that both work for you. Skin tones can change with the season due to sun exposure, yet undertones generally remain the same. So next time you're swatching a million shades at or buying a foundation online, remember that the shade itself can go one or two hues lighter or darker depending on season, whereas your undertone should remain the same, regardless of season.
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