So many to choose from, and you must find the right foundation color. What a dilemma!  

Is there even such a thing as the 'right' color?

Well if there is, finding it can be tricky and in my experience even makeup artists can get this wrong. The last thing you want is that ghastly 'detached look', when your face stands out from your neck.

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Throw away that ghastly wrong foundation colour

I'm betting many of you have at least one foundation in your cupboard that you cannot use because it is absolutely the wrong colour, yet you can't bear to throw it away because it might come in handy one day, 

TOP TIP: Okay, consider using that 'oh so wrong color' as a concealer. If it's a peachy tone, apply to your cheekbones before your foundation for a natural blush look.

Why not just go right ahead and throw that ghastly foundation color away, go on ... I dare you.

the right foundation color evens out your skin tone

Foundation colors range from cream and ivory to peach and darker colours and you need to select a color that seems closest to your natural skin undertone. So how can you determine your skin undertone? Any internet search or Youtube video gives heaps of advice on this but it can all be a bit confusing. And it can be quite difficult to judge for yourself. 

Start off by asking friends how they would classify your skin undertone: pink, yellow or neutral.


means you have a cool skin undertone - think pink, red and bluish colouring. Cool colouring is much more common than warm.


 means you have a warm skin undertone - think yellow, golden, peachy coloring.


 means you are somewhere in the middle and need a balance of both pink and yellow colourings. A lot of olive skinned people are neutral. 

There are times when we want a natural-looking coverage and that's where a tinted moisturiser not only looks nice and natural, it delivers sun protection and restores and maintains optimal moisture balance.

My Friends Can't Tell Me :(

If a trained makeup artist can struggle with this, I guess it would be difficult for your friends to tell you.

So what to do? Never fear, I have some cool strategies.

some cool strategies to discover your foundation color

1. Discover your undertone color easily by trying on different colour tops:

A beige top: If this color lights up your face and you look and feel great, then I would suggest you have a yellow undertone to your skin.

A white top: If white lights up your face and you look and feel great, then consider yourself to have pink undertones.

2. Sort by your jewellery

Do you wear silver jewellery most of the time? This could indicate you have a cool skin undertone.

Do you wear gold jewellery most of the time? This suggests you may have a warm skin undertone.

3. Find a good makeup artist and test, test, test.

the best way to test for the right foundation color

Choose Three Colours

One colour that appears to be the right match, then one slightly lighter and one slightly darker and apply to your cheek or to the jaw line.

This allows you to compare how the foundation color looks on the face as well as the neck. The neck is sometimes different in color to the face: usually a little darker and more of a yellow undertone.

Blending the foundation at your jaw line helps you match these different makeup colours (never test on your hand or wrist). Ideally, one of these foundation colours should melt its way into your skin and disappear.

Aha! This is the one you should be wearing.

best to test foundation color in sunlight

The worst lighting is florescent; no one looks good in florescent lighting.

Borrow a mirror and check the colors outside or in areas with different lighting. Yes, you will get the odd look and you may feel a bit silly, but not nearly as silly as buying and wearing the wrong color.

Above all, remember that the right foundation should be practically indistinguishable from your actual skin. If you want your skin to appear darker, as if you had been tanning, use a bronzer but do not attempt to create this look with your foundation. 


Fair Skin

Soft pink, tawny and beige tones work best for alabaster complexions; if your skin is very fair try a cooler shade. Avoid orange reds and frosty finishes as these can make skin look sallow and washed out.

Medium-Fair Skin

Spiced-up neutrals, such as nude and taupe, make this skin tone look healthy and enhances features without overpowering them: look for gold flecks and yellow undertones.

Medium-Dark Skin

This skin tone can handle a wide range of colors from bright to pastels. Check out the dewy shades with names like caramel and honey.

Dark Skin

To add depth and definition to lips, cheeks and eyes look for rich metallic hues like burnt copper, bronze or bright berry tones. According to some make-up consultants, the darker the skin the more spot-on you have to be with color.

Regardless of your skin undertone, some women make the mistake of choosing a foundation that is too light in the hope of appearing whiter or fairer. This only ends up making your skin look ashen and really ghastly.

And have you noticed that wearing foundation that's too dark is a sure-fire way to look older than your years?

Getting your skin tone right is more important than any other part of your makeup routine. 

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