Many of us have struggled with how to choose the right shade of concealer, foundation, or powder that actually matches our skin. I want to take the guess work out of this tedious process and share with you 3 ways to be confident with color.
1. Know your undertones. This may be the hardest part about determining the correct color. We either have yellow or pink undertones, and a great way to check this is to press a finger to the inside of your forearm. If the color that flashes back is pink, then it is likely that your undertones are so, and vice versa.
2. Keep up with the seasons. It is very rare that we are the same skin shade all year round, unless we live in a location with one climate. As your skin lightens or darkens with the change in sun exposure, its necessary to have a foundation or concealer that keeps up with those changes. Just as we change the clothes in our closet, we must also change our makeup routine to suit the time of year. Nothing is worse than wearing a foundation that is too ghastly pale or too tanned (especially around the jaw line).
3. Test on the right spot. I would rather not tell you how NOT to do something, but this may be the one time I must. Do not, ever, ever, test on your hand to match a color. Our hands take on a much different shade than our faces because they are rarely shielded from anything. Instead, test the color between your chin and ear, near the jawbone. This will give you the best canvas to detect the perfect shade.
*If you’re shopping at the drugstore, make sure they have a generous return policy in case the shade you picked up was not a good match. It would benefit you to pick up 3 shades (one lighter, one you think is correct, and one darker) to see which ones disappears onto your skin.
Are there any tips you’ve learned in spotting the right shade for you? If so, please share in the comments below. We all benefit from learning from each other!