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Foundation color


Out of all the foundations out there how does one pick the right color for their skin tone and skin type? I never can get this right and with the price of some foundations it can get pretty pricey when you get it wrong and have to try again and again. I need one that will work good for combo skin, that has some SPF, won't brake me out and isn't heavy. I know there are lots out there for all of that, I just don't know how to choose the right color, any help??
Aug 05, 2011 @ 10:10 am

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That's a toughie...

I have the same problem as you, with my combination/ sensitive skin.
Right now, Im using Clarins ultra light..I can't remember its name right now, but I did a review on it. If I find it, I'll link it to you!
It hasn't broken me out yet, and it's the best match to my skin at the moment.
I've noticed that when you are testing out foundations before buying them, you have to actually try them on your face, instead of your hand. Your hand is a different shade, most likely darker than the shade of your face.
Otherwise, a good guide I use is if the foundation seems a touch lighter on your hand, then ti's probably a good match for your face.
I hope this helps!
Aug 05, 2011 @ 11:16 am

Always ask

I have a problem choosing a color too so I always ask the person in the store to help me out with it. If you want light coverage with SPF, why not try a tinted moisturizer? I'm using an Estee Lauder one right now and I love it. A lot of other brands, including Clinique, makes it so there's a lot to choose from. They're light weight, won't clog pores, has SPF, and can give a light coverage which I love.

Also this is what I tend to do..when I choose a foundation, I tend to try to go for the skin tone that I have in winter. Then in the Summer, I put on that foundation and also swipe bronzer over my face so then my one foundation can be used all year around :)
Aug 05, 2011 @ 11:56 am

Thanks Ladies

This helps, but it always seems like when I'm looking for a foundation there's never anyone around to ask for help. Its like they see me coming and run. I'm going to have to start shopping at smaller stores so they don't have room to hide on me when I walk in the door.LOL
Aug 05, 2011 @ 01:45 pm

What's your skin tone like?

Judging by your picture- you might be like me, pretty fair skinned. I also have combination skin as well. I usually use Annabelle foundation- it's crazy cheap about $10 for 30ml and has never made me break out before. It is pretty light. I also wear concealer on a daily basis so I combine these two products. I wrote a review on it too- over here. I also recently started using Hard Candy's foundation and it is CRAZY cheap- about $6 for 30ml and so far, so good, I got no complaints. You can find it at WalMart- it is a bit darker than Annabelle though so in winter I might need to switch back. Hope this helped- good luck on your foundation finding adventure!
Aug 05, 2011 @ 01:57 pm


My skin really isn't as light as it looks in that pic. It was taken out
side at night and I think the flash made me look lighter than I am. I
have more of an olive tone, so I tan very easily. Than it slowly fades
away over the winter, but my skin always has a bit of the darker olive
undertone. I'll give these two a look next time I'm in Walmart, witch is
at least ounce a week some times even more.LOL Thanks for the help.
Aug 06, 2011 @ 08:06 am

Seems to change at different times

I've had exactly the same problem and its good that others are in the same boat. Not only is it a difficult choosing a color, but it seems to vary from day to day. I have to have different shades for different days. I even had a skin evaluation done buy someone using
something called a SAM machine, but it still has not helped. Will keep trying.

Have others faced the same problem?
Sep 11, 2011 @ 09:08 am

Try it out

I agree with what someone said about trying it out on your face. I like doing the half-face thing where they have half your face in foundation and half in not.

ALWAYS make sure you can return it if the colour doesn't match. I've returned foundations at Sephora and Shoppers b/c I've either broken out or the colour doesn't match and they've never had a problem with it. For some reason sometimes it looks different at home than in the store. If I can't return it then I don't know if I'd buy it.

Personally I just go through a trial and error process. It might not be exact but I can usually find something that's close enough.
Sep 12, 2011 @ 11:15 pm

different shades

Missimiss: Get a good full-coverage foundation in a shade that matches you on your "lighter skin" days. On the darker days add some bronzer, deepen the blush to match your skin. Don't forget to use a good concealer for pigmentation issues that your foundation may not handle as well.
Sep 13, 2011 @ 12:14 pm

the scientific method... ha ha

I have an unusual skin tone and finding the perfect foundation is always a goal for me too. I think many women struggle with this because we are all different. I have tried more than I care to remember... some great ones I stick to until they change a colour or discontinue and then the search begins again.

To try foundations.... first I decide what I want: SPF, light diffusing, liquid, cream, oil free.. etc etc etc to chose the lines I want to try. I start with the back of my hand - as long as its not summer and my hand would be a significantly different colour than my face. Matching to my hand is an easy way to see the undertone - does it look too pink or orange or flat/grey against my skin. I don't even blend these... just leave them in stripes so I can really see their colours against my skin. I use my hand so I can try 10-12 of them or wipe it all off with toner and start fresh. When I am narrowing down to deciding between 2-4 of them, I do the stripe test against my cheek to jaw. You want to see what the colour looks like on your face and against your neck - again I don't blend it in... just the stripe of colour. This sounds ridiculous, but then I take my little purse mirror and go outside... into daylight and look at the colour stripes. Stores often have fluorescent light or dim light and I want to see how it will look in natural light. If I am still deciding between two, I will ask if they have a sample of each them to try at home. This is not always possible, but more probable if you go with the higher priced, full-service lines. If it isn't possible, I will try each on one cheek... wear it and check it in the store, outside, and after a couple of hours (has it changed colour once its adjusted to the PH of my skin?). I think its really important to try it on your face before you buy.

I do keep separate summer and winter foundations (I can blend them if I'm somewhere in between). My face colour changes ... because I do get more colour in the summer. Also my foundations need to be more responsive to oil and breakouts in the summer... so I have a different brand for hot months.

Yes - I invest time and money in foundation... I just consider it the most important type of make-up I buy.

That's a lot but its my 2 cents...
Sep 18, 2011 @ 08:45 am

Choosing your foundation

Test the foundation on your collarbone. If the color "disappears" then it's perfect for you, if you can still see it- you'll have to go either lighter or darker.
Test your foundation in natural lighting.
It also helps to know your undertone (warm, cool, neutral)
Nov 16, 2011 @ 02:28 pm

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