As the canvas for your entire makeup look, foundation plays a key role in helping you achieve a flawless finish. The stronger your base is, the better your makeup looks! It is, therefore, important to know what makes a perfect foundation. The ultimate question with foundation is “how to match it with your skin tone?” Because wearing the wrong shade can bring your entire look down.

If you are still struggling to find the perfect match for your skin tone, then here’s everything you need to know...

Know your undertones
 

Know your undertones

While looking for the right shade of foundation, we often confuse ourselves between tone and undertone. While your skin tone is the surface skin colour which is defined into fair, medium and dusky; undertone is the subtle hue underneath the surface of your skin which is categorised into warm, neutral and cool.

If your skin veers yellow, peachy or golden, you have warm undertones. If your skin has a red, pink or blue-ish tinge, you have cool undertones. And, if your skin is a mix of both cool and warm, then you have neutral undertones.

Skin tone may change, undertones remain the same

With the changing seasons, your skin tone tends to change, thanks to excessive sun exposure leading to tan. However, be it summer or winter, your undertones will always remain the same. So, the next time you’re swatching different foundation shades, keep in mind that even though the shade may look one or two hues lighter or darker, it should sync with your skin’s undertones.

Test on your jawline
 

Test on your jawline

While we test lipsticks and other beauty products just anywhere on our hands and wrist, it is important to test your foundation carefully in order to avoid mismatch between the foundation shade and your skin tone and undertones. Did you know? The sweet spot for testing foundation is your jawline. The skin on your jawline will be truer to your natural undertone and give you an idea of how the foundation will look against your face and neck. And to be sure, it’s best to test your foundation in natural light. If you find the foundation to blend into your skin naturally, then it’s a perfect match!

Pick blendable foundation

Always remember that unlike blush and eyeshadow, your foundation shouldn’t be seen. Foundation should be such that it disappears into your skin and blends with your natural skin tone, thereby providing an even canvas to work on. Also, while purchasing a foundation, make sure that it seamlessly covers blemishes, dark spots and redness while still looking natural.

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