Expert Tips For Choosing The Perfect Foundation For Your Skin Tone

Written by Kinnari AsharMay 27, 2024
Expert Tips for Choosing the Perfect Foundation for Your Skin Tone

Have you ever felt like Goldilocks in the beauty aisle, trying foundation after foundation, only to find that one is too light, another too dark, and the next just doesn’t sit right on your skin? You’re not alone! Finding the perfect foundation can be as tricky as finding the perfect pair of jeans. But don’t worry, we’re here to make this journey a whole lot easier for you.  

Whether you’re a makeup newbie or a seasoned pro, we’ve gathered some expert tips to help you navigate the world of foundation makeup and find your flawless match. Ready to unlock the secrets to a perfect complexion? Let’s dive in and get that glow on! 

Expert Tips for Choosing the Perfect Foundation for Your Skin Tone  

Before you even think about buying the best foundation, it’s crucial to understand your skin tone. Your skin tone is the surface colour of your skin, which can be light, medium, tan, or deep. But wait, there’s more! You also need to know your undertone, which is the subtle hue underneath the surface of your skin. There are three main undertones: 

  • Cool: If you have cool undertones, your skin will have hints of pink, red, or blue. 

  • Warm: If you have warm undertones, your skin will have hints of yellow, gold, or peach. 

  • Neutral: If you have neutral undertones, your skin will mix cool and warm tones. 

How to Determine Your Undertone 

  • Look at Your Veins: Check the veins on the inside of your wrist. If they appear blue or purple, you likely have cool undertones. If they look green, you have warm undertones. If you can’t really tell, you might have neutral undertones. 

  • Jewellery Test: Do you look better in silver or gold jewellery? If silver makes your skin glow, you’re probably cool-toned. If gold looks better, you’re warm-toned. If both look good, you’re likely neutral. 

  • White vs. Off-White: Hold a piece of white paper up to your face. If your skin looks more yellow, you have warm undertones. If it looks more rosy or blue, you have cool undertones. If both white and off-white look good, you’re neutral. 

Finding the Right Shade 


Once you’ve figured out your skin tone and undertone, it’s time to find the right shade of foundation. Here’s how to go about it: 

1. Swatch Before You Buy 

Don’t just rely on how the foundation makeup looks in the bottle. Swatch a few shades on your jawline (not your hand or wrist, as these areas can be a different color than your face). Blend them out and see which one disappears into your skin. The shade that blends seamlessly is your match. 

2. Natural Light Is Key 

Store lighting can be deceiving. Always check your foundation swatches in natural light to get the most accurate idea of how it will look on your skin. Step outside or stand by a window to see the true colour. 

3. Test for Oxidation 

Some foundations oxidise, meaning they get darker after being exposed to air. After swatching a foundation, wait a few minutes to see if it changes colour. You don’t want to end up with a shade that’s too dark once it’s on your face. 

Choosing the Right Formula 

Finding the right shade is half the battle; choosing the right formula is equally important. Different formulas work better for different skin types and needs. Here’s a quick guide: 

1. For Oily Skin 


If you have oily skin, look for a matte or oil-free foundation like the Lakmē 9to5 Powerplay Priming Foundation. These formulas help control shine and keep your skin looking fresh throughout the day. This best foundation for oily skin comes with a built-in primer that glides on your skin for a smooth and even skin tone. It blends effortlessly on your skin for a perfectly natural look. Powder foundations can also be a good option for oily skin. 

2. For Dry Skin 


For dry skin, opt for a hydrating or luminous foundation such as the Lakmē VitC Superglow Skin Perfecting Tint. These formulas are designed to add moisture and give your skin a healthy, dewy glow. Supercharged with 3% active Vitamin C, this best foundation for dry skinfo transforms your skin from within to give you an instant, radiant look and hydrated, smoother, brighter skin overtime. Liquid and cream foundations are typically better for dry skin than powder ones. 

3. For Combination Skin 


Combination skin can be tricky because it has both oily and dry areas. Look for a foundation designed for combination skin or a formula that’s neither matte nor dewy. You might also consider using different formulas on different parts of your face. 

The Lakmē Xtraordin-airy Mattereal Mousse Foundation is perfect for combination skin. It is extremely light with a natural matte finish that lets your skin breathe. It also keeps your skin healthy and protected with its new SPF-8 formula that gives your peachy-soft and naturally flawless skin for up to 16 hours. 

4. For Sensitive Skin 


If you have sensitive skin, choose a fragrance-free and hypoallergenic foundation. Mineral foundations are often a good choice because they tend to have fewer irritating ingredients. 

Try out the Lakmē Facelift Foundation Stick for your sensitive skin. It delivers an even skin tone as it seamlessly blends into your skin to give a natural flawless finish. Light on your skin and smooth to the touch, its one stroke application will help you slay the day. 

Tips for Application 


Even the best foundation won’t look right if it’s not applied correctly. Here are some tips to ensure a flawless application: 

1. Prep Your Skin 

Always start with a clean, moisturised face. Use a primer to create a smooth base and help your foundation last longer. Choose a primer that suits your skin type (mattifying for oily skin, hydrating for dry skin, etc.). 

2. Use the Right Tools 

The tool you use to apply your foundation can make a big difference. Here are some options: 

  • Brush: A foundation brush can give you a smooth, even finish. Use a flat brush for full coverage or a stippling brush for a more natural look. 

  • Sponge: A damp makeup sponge (like a Beauty Blender) is great for a flawless, airbrushed finish. It’s especially good for blending and achieving a natural look. 

  • Fingers: Using your fingers can warm up the foundation makeup and help it blend into your skin. This method works well for cream and liquid foundations. 

3. Blend, Blend, Blend 

Whichever tool you use, blend your foundation well. Pay special attention to the jawline and hairline to avoid harsh lines. Use a light hand and build up coverage gradually. 

4. Set Your Foundation 

Set your foundation with a light dusting of translucent powder to make it last. This step is especially important for oily skin to help control shine. If you have dry skin, use a setting spray instead to keep your skin looking dewy. 

Finding the best foundation might take a bit of trial and error, but once you find your match, it’s a game-changer. Remember to consider your skin tone and undertone, choose the right formula for your skin type, and apply it correctly for the best results. Happy foundation hunting! 

FAQs about Foundations 

Q1 What should I do if my foundation oxidises? 

If your foundation oxidises and gets darker after application, choose a shade that is slightly lighter than your natural skin tone. Test the foundation by waiting a few minutes after applying a swatch to see how it changes before making a purchase. 

Q2 How can I make my foundation last all day? 

To make your foundation last all day, start with a primer suited to your skin type, apply your foundation in thin layers, and set it with a translucent powder or setting spray. Reapply a light dusting of powder or setting spray throughout the day as needed. 

Q3 How can I avoid a cakey look when applying foundation? 

To avoid a cakey look, start with a small amount of foundation and build coverage gradually. Use a damp makeup sponge or a foundation brush to blend the product seamlessly into your skin. Ensure your skin is well-moisturized and prepped with a primer. 

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