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How to Find Foundation with a Yellow Undertone

Face Makeup

How to Find Foundation with a Yellow Undertone How to Find Foundation with a Yellow Undertone How to Find Foundation with a Yellow Undertone

In some ways, shopping is so much easier when you know what you’re looking for. 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. Skin with a yellow undertone will need a foundation with a yellow undertone. Keep reading to find out how to find the yellow foundation you need and want for your next makeup look.


Before you embark on a search for a foundation with a yellow undertone, it’s a good idea to determine whether your skin actually has a yellow undertone. 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. The L’Oréal Paris True Match™ Super Blendable Makeup is available in 45 shades, with options in each undertone. Essentially, there’s something for everyone, including you—and your slightly yellow-toned skin. Have your pick from the product range’s 15 different foundations with warm undertones.

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. 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 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.