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When it comes to finding your foundation match, the struggle is real. Before you throw your hands up in distress—we have a solution. Rather than swatching a million different foundations on the back of your hand, turning to a foundation shade finder, Googling ‘find my foundation shade,’ or just straight-up guessing which foundation is suitable for your skin, we know a matching method that actually works. The L’Oréal Paris True Match™ Super Blendable Makeup offers super-blendable, true-to-you shades that precisely match your skin’s texture and tone for flawless results every time. With 45 shades, there’s a foundation shade for everyone, and all it takes to find yours is learning about your skin tone and undertones. Don’t worry, it’s simpler than it sounds. Keep reading to find out the secret for selecting your foundation color match!
HOW TO DETERMINE YOUR SKIN TONE
First thing’s 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.
HOW TO DETERMINE YOUR UNDERTONE
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 as 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:
Tip #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.
Tip #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.
Tip #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.
HOW TO FIND YOUR PERFECT FOUNDATION MATCH
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 foundation color match 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!
HOW TO APPLY FOUNDATION
Once you have your foundation color match picked, here’s how to use it.
Step #1: Prime
Rumors about primer being an inessential item may run rampant, but there’s no truth there. Before diving into any makeup look, you’ll want to smooth a skin-perfecting primer onto your skin. A thin layer can make all the difference in how your makeup lasts and looks—smoothing lines, hiding pores, and banishing imperfections. Sounds like a must-have to us.
Step #2: Apply Foundation
Taking your L’Oréal Paris True Match™ Superblendable Makeup, pour a small amount onto a cosmetic wedge or makeup blender, like the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Blend Artist Foundation Blender. Use the sponge to blend and buff your foundation out, working from the center of your face, outward.
Step #3: Conceal
Apply your L’Oréal Paris True Match™ Concealer to blemishes and dark under-eye circles for extra coverage, blending out with your fingers.
Step #4: Set With Powder
If you want your look to stay in place—as everyone does—you should set foundation and concealer with a powder. Pat your L’Oréal Paris True Match™ Powder over your face.
Step #5. Add Blush
It’s just not right for a face to be all one color. Bring back a natural-looking flush with a blush shade that suits your skin tone. Start dusting your L’Oréal Paris True Match™ Blush onto the center of your cheeks, moving the brush back toward your ear. For a finishing touch, sweep blush across your nose, chin, and forehead for a contouring effect.
Next up: Still feeling skin tone focused? Check out our article on How to Find the Right Nude Lipstick for Your Skin Tone.
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