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When it comes to finding the perfect foundation shade, the struggle is real. Before you throw your hands up, we have a solution. Rather than swatching a million different foundations on the back of your hand—or worse—straight up guessing which foundation is suitable for your skin, there’s a matching method that actually works. L’Oréal Paris True Match™ offers super-blendable, true-to-you shades that precisely match your skin’s texture and tone for flawless results every time. With 33 shades, there’s a foundation that’s sure to work for everyone, and all it takes is learning about the colors of your complexion. Don’t worry, it’s simpler than it sounds. Keep reading to find out the secret for selecting your True Match™.
First things first, you’ll need to know what your skin tone is. Your skin tone refers to the natural color of your complexion, and this can range from fair to deep. Here’s how to determine where you fall within that range.
If you have a fair skin tone…your resemblance to a porcelain doll has probably been noted a time or two.
If you have a light skin tone…you’re still pale—just not quite as much as your fair friends.
If you have a medium skin tone…you’re caught in the middle! Your skin tone isn’t super-dark or super-light but somewhere in-between.
If you have a deep skin tone…your complexion is dark.
Bonus tip: Focus on the area of your face near your jawline and not your cheek. The latter is typically more pigmented, saturated with a natural blush, and less reflective of your true tone.
While most people probably already have an inkling of what their skin tone is, the same can’t always be said for undertones. The difference between the two is as follows: Your skin tone refers to your complexion and the shade of your skin, whereas undertones are the colors that come through your skin and affect the overall hue. The undertones of your skin are either cool, warm, or neutral.
Cool undertones appear in your complexion with hints of blue or pink, while warm undertones appear more yellow or golden. If your undertones are neutral, you’re in-between—not too ruddy or too sallow. Try these easy tricks for finding your undertone:
1. Look at the inside of your arm. If your veins appear blue or purple, you’re cool-toned, while green veins indicate warm-toned skin. If you’re not sure, you very well might be neutral.
2. Hold something white up to your skin. Placing something stark white, like a piece of paper, next to your face can help solve the mystery. The white should create a cast of color on your skin. If your face suddenly appears pink or blue, you’re cool—and if you look yellow, you’re warm. If your skin seems gray, you’re neutral.
3. Contemplate the clothing that garners the most compliments. Think about the pieces in your wardrobe that always receive rave reviews. If you’re consistently complimented when wearing shades of brown, dark green, or orange, your undertone is likely warm. If you’re overwhelmed with praise anytime you rock rose, pink, or pastel shades, it’s safe to assume your undertone is cool. If you receive compliments no matter what you wear (lucky!), you may be neutral—or just seriously stylish.
To determine your True Match™, you’ll need to know both your skin tone and undertone. Now that we know that won’t be a problem, picking out your color should be no issue. The L’Oréal Paris True Match™ Super Blendable Makeup has shades in all three undertones (warm, cool, and neutral) ranging from fair to deep. Just put together your skin tone and undertone, and there’s your match!
When you want your foundation to look its best—which should be always—you’ll need to get the application just right. Dot the liquid formula onto cheeks, nose, chin, and forehead. Then, using your fingers or a makeup blending sponge, blend the foundation out towards your hairline and down.
Top your cheeks off with a healthy-looking flush. Dust on the L’Oréal Paris True Match™ Blush for an instant pop of color.
We all want our makeup to last just a little bit longer, and that tends to depend on how you finish your look. To help keep shine at bay and extend the life of your look, apply the L’Oréal Paris True Match™ Powder to your T-zone area and blend out.
Still feeling skin tone focused? Check out our article on The Best Nude Lipstick for Every Skin Tone.