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In some ways, shopping is so much easier when you know what you’re looking for—say, a yellow undertone foundation. There’s no need to search aimlessly if you have an idea of what you want. On the other hand, once you know what you need, the options available to you drastically dwindle. Foundation is no exception, but in this case, let’s choose to look on the bright side. It’s best to be aware of exactly what your complexion should be covered in because a foundation that seems close to your skin tone (i.e. fair, light, medium, deep) isn’t always enough. It has to match your undertones too, which is why if your skin has yellow undertones, you’ll need to find a foundation with a yellow undertone. Keep reading to learn how to find your foundation match!
Before you embark on a search for foundation with a yellow undertone, it’s a good idea to determine whether your skin actually has yellow tones. First thing’s first—are yellow undertones warm or cool? Here’s the deal: Complexions can have one of three different undertones: cool, warm, or neutral. Skin with a touch of blue or pink is on the cool side, whereas skin that appears peachy or yellow would be considered warm. Somewhere in the middle means skin is neutral. Try these simple tips to check if your undertone is actually warm with hints of yellow:
1. Look at the inside of your arm. If your veins appear green, it’s an indication of warm-toned skin.
2. Hold a piece of white paper to your face. Placing something stark white, like a piece of paper, next to your face can help solve this mystery. The white should create a cast of color on your skin. If your face suddenly appears yellow, you’re warm.
3. Consider what color of jewelry looks best on you. Do you prefer gold or silver jewelry? If you find gold complements your skin tone the best, that’s another sign of a warm undertone.
4. Contemplate what you wear to garner 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.
Finding a foundation that matches your complexion, especially one with a yellow undertone, can be a challenge. The trick to making the selection process not so much of a struggle is to look for a line that has foundations with an array of undertones. Consider one of our best yellow undertone foundations, which we’ve compiled into a neat little list below.
L’Oréal Paris True Match Super Blendable Makeup in Light Ivory, Fresh Beige, Spiced Latte, and Deep Golden: Want your foundation to look like skin? These yellow undertone foundation shades are the perfect solution. The formula is super-hydrating, provides medium coverage, and has a natural finish that’s so blendable it’s like you can’t tell where your foundation ends and your skin begins.
L’Oréal Paris Infallible Up to 24HR Fresh Wear Foundation, Lightweight in Porcelain, Vanilla, Sand, Honey-Bisque, and Mahogany: With medium-to-full buildable coverage that lasts all day, this is your go-to formula if you plan to rock a full face of makeup. The formula's three oil absorbers resist sweat, water, and transfer, so you don’t have to worry about your foundation staying put throughout the day.
L’Oréal Paris Infallible Total Cover Foundation in Creamy Natural, Sand Beige, Sun Beige, and Creme Cafe: This yellow undertone foundation blends instantly to cover dark spots, blemishes, scars, and hyperpigmentation for a flawless complexion. The full coverage formula glides on and feels fresh all day, creating the perfect canvas for the rest of your makeup.
Once you have your foundation match at the ready, it’s time to apply. Start by smoothing on a skin-perfecting primer, such as the L’Oréal Paris Studio Secrets™ Professional Magic Perfecting Base, to create an even canvas. Then, dot foundation onto your cheeks, nose, chin, and forehead. Using your fingers or a makeup blender, like the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Blend Artist Foundation Blender, blend your foundation out toward your hairline and down, bringing the color onto your neck for a seamless look.
Not only should your foundation match your skin, but so should the rest of your makeup. The easiest way to find coordinating products is to stick with products in the same line. If you went with our first recommendation, the L’Oréal Paris True Match™ line offers plenty of products to complement your foundation.
After foundation, you’ll want to use a concealer to cover imperfections, a face powder to set your look, and a warm-toned blush to create a healthy-looking flush. Try the L’Oréal Paris True Match™ Super-Blendable Multi-Use Concealer, L’Oréal Paris True Match™ Powder, and L’Oréal Paris True Match™ Blush.
Brush a coat of lengthening mascara, like the L’Oréal Paris Voluminous Lash Paradise Washable Mascara, onto lashes, tightline with a silky-smooth eyeliner, like the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Last Waterproof, Up to 24HR Pencil Eyeliner, and coat your pout in a sheer lip gloss, like the L’Oréal Paris Infallible 8 HR Le Gloss. When you’re finished with your eyes and lips, there’s just one more step—spritz with a setting spray, like the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro Spray & Set Makeup Extender Setting Spray, to help ensure your makeup lasts throughout the day. Mission accomplished.
For more advice on finding the right foundation for you, plus how to apply it, check out our article, Foundation 101: A Beginner’s Guide to Face Makeup.