We’re all very familiar with the struggle of finding the perfect foundation to match our skin tone. Too many variables can go wrong—going too light or too dark, buying a warm-tone when you should’ve bought a cool-, choosing shades that are too orange or ashy—we could go on. Not to mention the confusion behind choosing a proper concealer.
Read on to find out what you need to know when choosing your foundation and concealer shade.
Undertone is the colour underneath the surface of your skin. It appears in the categories of Cool (pink, red or bluish undertones) and warm (yellow or golden undertones). To find your undertone, take a look at the inside of your wrist and take note of your veins. If they appear greenish, that indicates a warm, yellow undertone. Whereas blue veins indicate a cool, pink undertone. However, some people are a mixture of undertones. If you feel that your veins are a mix of both green and blue, then you might have a neutral or olive undertone.
Another popular test to figure out your undertone is to put on jewellery. If you find that gold jewellery looks better on you than silver does, you are warm-toned. If you find that silver jewellery is more complementing to your complexion, you’re as cool-toned as a cucumber.
Once you know your undertone, it’s time to pick the shade. Visit a boutique or department store that allows you to sample makeup before purchasing. Make sure of the following:
According to makeup expert Bobbi Brown, we should always pick a concealer that is one to two shades lighter than our actual skin. That’s because your concealer is meant to cover up flaws that cannot be neutralised by foundation (like dark under eye circles).
MMBeauty Tip: Concealers with a warm orange or yellow tone help reduce the appearance of dark circles. That’s because they cancel out the purple and blue color of eyebags.
We hope this helps. What undertone are you? Tell us in the comments below!