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Foundation 101: How to Choose the Right Shade

There is indeed much more than meets the eye in reference to looking your best when it matters the most. Much like the canvas of an artist, it pays to start with a clean palette. This is when the power of foundation comes into play. As there are countless different options on the market, how can you determine which hue and tone are the most suited for your complexion? Let us take a quick look at what the experts have to say.

Consider your Skin Color

It should only stand to reason that the shade of foundation will be based upon your personal skin tone. Let's never forget that a foundation that is too light or too dark will become altogether apparent once it has been applied. You will also need to address what types of makeup will be placed over the foundation. This brings us to the next main point.

All About the Undertones

Undertones can be classified into three (general) categories:

  • Cool
  • Warm
  • Neutral

Cool undertones are associated with shades such as rose, sable, cocoa, and porcelain. If you are looking to add a bit of warmth to your complexion (a good idea during the winter months), opt for alternatives such as tan, chestnut, caramel, and beige.  For a more neutral appearance, common shades include ivory, praline, buff or “nude.”

Above all, never be afraid to experience the type of foundation that you choose to employ. The chances are high that it will take a bit of time before you are able to encounter the most appropriate brand.  

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