Choosing The Right Foundation

I am guessing that many of you have at least one foundation in your cupboard that  is absolutely the wrong color, but it is still sitting there because it might come in handy one day. 

My advice to you right here, right now is to throw it away. It is the wrong color for you, and that is why it is still sitting there unused.

Why not just go right ahead and throw that ghastly foundation color away, go on ... I dare you.

The ultimate goal of foundation to even out skin tone.

Foundation colors range from cream and ivory to peach and darker colors. The ultimate goal of foundation to even out skin tone so it is best to choose the color that is closest to your skin undertone. 

How would you classify your skin undertone:

Pink: This means you have a cool skin undertone - think pink, red and bluish coloring. Cool coloring is much more common than warm.

Yellow: This means you have a warm skin undertone - think yellow, golden and peachy coloring.

Neutral: You are somewhere in the middle and need a balance of both pink and yellow colorings. Many olive skinned people are neutral.

Tips for determining your skin:

Try on a beige shirt: If this color lights up your face and you look and feel great, then I would suggest that you have a yellow undertone.

Try on a white shirt: If white lights up your face and you look and feel great, then consider yourself to have pink undertones.

Silver or Gold?

If you tend to wear more silver jewelry, it might suggest that you have a cool skin undertone whereas if you wear more gold then you more than likely have a warm skin undertone.

How to test for the right foundation color?

Start by choosing one color that appears to be the right match. Then, choose another color that is slightly lighter and another that is slightly darker. The next step is to apply each color separately to your cheek or jaw line.

This allows you to compare how the foundation color looks on the face as well as the neck. The neck is sometimes different in color to the face: usually a little darker and more of a yellow undertone.

Blending the foundation at your jaw line helps you match these different makeup colors and make sure to never test on your hand or wrist.

The goal is for one of these foundation colors to melt its way into your skin and disappear. 

Voila! This is the one you should be wearing.


The worst lighting is florescent; no one looks good in florescent lighting.

Borrow a mirror and check the colors outside or in areas with different lighting. Yes, you will get the odd look and you may feel a bit silly, but not nearly as silly as buying and wearing the wrong color.

Above all, remember that the right foundation should be practically indistinguishable from your actual skin. If you want your skin to appear darker, as if you had been tanning, use a bronzer but do not attempt to create this look with your foundation.