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How to Find the Best Foundation Shade for Your Skin Tone

Face Makeup

How to Find the Best Foundation Shade for Your Skin Tone How to Find the Best Foundation Shade for Your Skin Tone How to Find the Best Foundation Shade for Your Skin Tone

Quick question: Does anyone really enjoy shopping for a new foundation? Sometimes, it can feel close to impossible to find that one shade that actually matches your skin tone—we’ve all been there. And of course, using one that’s not quite right can lead to your skin looking ghostly or orange, depending on just how off your pick is, and can throw off your entire makeup look. To help make finding your foundation match a little easier, it’s all about knowing your skin tone. Nope, it turns out it’s not quite as simple as holding a foundation up to your face and seeing what looks good—or swatching one on the back of your hand. Your skin tone and undertone are what help determine what face makeup shades will be your best matches. Here, find out how to determine your skin tone and undertone, in order to help find the best foundation for you.


Your skin tone refers to the natural color of your complexion, and this can range from fair to deep. Here’s how to tell what your skin tone is:

If you have a fair skin tone…you’ve probably been described as having porcelain skin a time or two in your life.

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.


Determining your undertone isn’t exactly the easiest thing to do. While your skin tone refers to your complexion and the shade of your skin, 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 peachy. If your undertones are neutral, you’re not too ruddy or too sallow. Follow these simple tips 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 a piece of white paper to your face

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. Consider what color of jewelry looks best on you

Do you steer towards gold or silver jewelry? If gold complements your skin tone the best, you’re warm. Looking good in silver indicates cool undertones. Notice no difference? That’s a sign that you’re neutral.


Now that you know all about skin tones and undertones, it’s time to find your perfect foundation match! When it comes to foundation, a liquid formula is always a good option. The L’Oréal Paris True Match™ Super Blendable Makeup is available in 45 shades—so basically, there’s a foundation match for just about everyone! This line of foundation has shades in all three undertones (warm, cool, and neutral) ranging from fair to deep. So, once you determine your skin tone and undertone, finding the right foundation match should be simple. As far as application goes, use a makeup blender like the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Blend Artist Foundation Blender for a more seamless finish. Pour a small amount of foundation onto the pointed tip of the blender, then use the rounded edge to blend it in.

That’s it! You’re now an expert in finding the right foundation for your skin tone. If you liked this article, follow it up by reading our article, How to Even Out the Look of Your Skin Tone with Makeup.