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Simple Trick To Follow when Choosing a Foundation Shade

Updated on February 16, 2012
Kate Hudson with a paler than usual face
Kate Hudson with a paler than usual face


Choosing a Foundation can be tricky and one of makeups’ biggest mistakes. We’ve all seen those girls in pictures whose faces resemble that of a Geisha. A lot of times they were chosen and applied in bad lighting. But how can you be sure that the foundation you've chosen is your shade? Especially when you're in a store that doesn't have testers available? Foundation is essential in getting right, it can definitely make or break your look; and since it covers so much of your face its’ not easy to pull off if its’ wrong. There are a few of things to keep in mind when choosing foundation.


Focus on either side of this woman's face. She almost looks like two different people.
Focus on either side of this woman's face. She almost looks like two different people.

Picking a Shade

Some stores offer testers for consumers to swatch and make sure that it is exactly what they’re looking for. That includes attendants to help at any given moment. But most stores aren't like this. Stores such as Target, Wal-Mart, K-mart and the like with major commercial brands like Revlon, Maybelline, Cover Girls products and more, unfortunately don't offer these luxuries. Not to mention horrible lighting! The first thing to keep in mind once you’ve finally picked a brand and bottle is: NOT TO MATCH IT TO YOUR FACE. Why? With the masses of chemical face washes, thinness and sensitivity of the skin on our face, often the color can be misleading. We experience breakouts, redness, discoloration and the list trails on. What you need to do, is take that bottle (since you can’t open it) find somewhere in the store with the best lighting (usually the refrigeration aisle have light bulbs in the glass doors) and MATCH IT TO YOUR CHEST or NECK. You want to make sure that the color completely blends in with your skin tone. Don’t settle for “almost”. It should look like one color lying on your chest. You want to look like one WHOLE person and not a person with Casper for a face or the Snookie look. Pick up several colors and check out which one looks best like your skin tone. This is the trick that most major makeup artists or beauty “know-hows” follow.


*****Beauty Tips to Remember

  • Another thing women mess up on, is how closely the focus on their face mirrors. Those magnifation mirrors are meant to zoom in closely to a certain area/problem on the face. Some women use this solely for application of makeup. Why is this a problem? Often once everything is done and finish, you step back and only then do you notice that you're foundation is incorrectly matched. An easy fit is to get ready in either a full-length mirror or a mirror that shows your upper-half. Look at what people see when they see you!!
  • How you apply your foundation also creates drastic results. Instead of using your fingers, which can apply uneven pressure. Use a flat top kabuki brush by simply pumping or adding a drop of foundation to the brushes bristles. Buff into your face by swirling the brush in small consistent circular motions until you've blended the color evenly throughout your entire face.


A Few Things to Consider


If you’re someone that’s always on the go, out-and-about, constant errands and busy schedules; then you’re exposure to the sun is higher than usual. This will either lead to tan lines or for some, redness and sun spots. For tan liners, you’ll want to pick up two foundations. One when you’re on your light shade days and the other for the darker shade days; this also makes it easy to mix the two for the days that you’re in-between shades. For redness or sunspots, you’ll want to stick to your shade but pick up a full-coverage, SPF (of some sort) foundation. I mention these things because at times, women feel that they've choosen the wrong color due to sun spots, discoloration or redness. It will either show through and make the foundation appear blotchy or warmer than usual. This is why in theses cases, a full coverage foundation can help conceal those things while still being true to color.



Sigma Beauty Flat Kabuki - F80
Sigma Beauty Flat Kabuki - F80

The tools used to apply makeup make a big difference. Apply evenly and flawlessly with this very popular flat top Kabuki from Sigma.

 

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      Amanda Carvajal 5 years ago from Dallas, Texas

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      thesingernurse 5 years ago from Rizal, Philippines

      Wow, very simple yet useful tips you got here Amanda. Most women try the foundation on their facial or forearm skin. Didn't know you can also use your chest skin tone to gauge the right foundation color to use. And it really makes sense. :D

      Thanks for sharing. Voted up and sharing!

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      Luis E Gonzalez 5 years ago from Miami, Florida

      Welcome to HubPages

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      Amanda Carvajal 5 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Thanks! And you're right, I forgot to mention that I used to always match it on my forearm. I used to always match it to my face in the past and would become so frustrated once I got home.

      I hope to upload more solutions to my mistakes soon! haha

      Thanks for voting up and sharing :D

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      Amanda Carvajal 5 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Thank you!!!

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