Undoubtedly, foundation is a miracle in a bottle. If you find the right one, you can flawlessly cover up your imperfections, smooth out lines and get a youthful looking skin instantly. But if you get the wrong color, it can become your worst nightmare. A foundation that is too light can make you look washed out and a foundation that is too dark can make you look like you got a bad spray tan. Simply put, finding the perfect shade is crucial to work the magic of this product.
Here’s a step by step guide for you to find your perfect foundation match:
Try and Test Samples Before you buy a full sized bottle of a foundation, it‘s best to try and test the samples first. You can easily get samples of foundations at most makeup counters. It’s important to perform a trial run because sometimes, foundations can oxidize and suddenly take on an orange shade or become darker on the skin after a few hours.
Never Color Test on Your Hand The skin on the back of your hand does not have the same color tone as your face. Thus, it will not give you an accurate result of the color of the foundation. Instead, we suggest that you follow the jaw line rule.
The Jaw line Rule When sampling different shades of foundation colors; test them along the side of your jawbone to determine an exact color match. This is probably the best way to find your perfect match.
The simples way to see if the color matches and blends with your skin tone is to pick out different shades that are closer to your skin tone. Then apply a small amount of each along your jaw line. Select the foundation shade that disappears into your face without blending. Also, make sure you test the foundation in a well-lit area as poor lighting can modify the appearance of the color of your skin and the makeup.