What Foundation Shade Am I?

There are a few things in life you should never underestimate their importance—a perfect pair of heels, the ultimate little black dress, and the right foundation shade for your skin tone.

Number three can go sideways with one swipe of a #68 Foundation Brush (at no fault of the brush’s, of course!).

Picking the wrong shade can lead to a full-faced fiasco—dull-looking, discolored, inconsistent skin. (Oh, the horror!) Even just a touch too dark or a smidge too light can alter the appearance of your entire complexion—in all the wrong ways.

So how do you find the perfect shade of foundation for your skin? Sit back, relax, and let these expert tips from Scott Barnes be your guide.

How Do I Choose the Right Foundation Shade for Me?

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Finding the best shade of foundation for your unique skin tone is no simple task (but it’s a makeup must). If you’re looking for a perfect match, you’ll have to consider a variety of factors.

Identify Your Skin Tone

Every skin tone is beautiful, from the fairest light shades to the deepest dark tones, and everything in between. Where does your skin fall on the spectrum of light, medium, or dark? Look at your skin in natural light to best identify your skin tone.

Evaluate Your Skin Undertone

The glow of your complexion coming from beneath your skin’s surface is known as your undertone. Identifying your undertone can be more difficult than figuring out your skin tone. Skin undertones range from cool to neutral to warm.

People with cool complexions have pinkish or bluish undertones, while warm complexions have yellowish or olive undertones. Neutral complexions are somewhere in the middle and exhibit a mixture of both warm and cool undertones.

The two most common ways to identify skin undertones are by evaluating the color of your veins or considering how your skin responds to sun.

Look at the color of the veins in your wrist. Blue or purple veins mean that you have cool undertones, and green or golden veins mean that you have warm undertones. People with neutral undertones may have a hard time determining if their veins are more blue or green.

The undertones in your skin can also be determined by whether your skin burns or tans in the sun. People with cool undertones are more likely to turn red and burn in the sun, whereas skin with neutral and warm undertones becomes more tan.

Test Foundation Shades on Your Skin

Testing makeup swatches on your skin is the only true way to determine which foundation shade is the perfect match for you. Choose two or three shades of foundation to ensure that the color of the foundation blends seamlessly with the tone and undertone of your skin.

What Tools Are Important for Applying Foundation?

Achieving an effortlessly flawless look with your makeup requires not just the perfect foundation shade, but the right tools as well. For the best results, it’s important to use a high-quality foundation brush and a glass makeup palette for mixing, testing, and blending products. These tools can elevate your look and help with the application process.

About Scott Barnes Foundation Tools

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The importance of your makeup brush can’t be overstated. The Scott Barnes Foundation Brush is designed with both straight and wavy fibers so that it works perfectly with any type of foundation, whether you prefer liquid, powder, or cream. The Scott Barnes Complete Pro Series Set is an excellent choice for ensuring you have a professional foundation brush along with proper brushes for the rest of your cosmetics.

Testing and mixing makeup is an essential part of finding your perfect foundation shade. Using a Scott Barnes Glass Makeup Palette gives you the ideal non-absorbing surface to blend foundations, Body Bling, or any cosmetics.

Scott Barnes has years of experience creating glowy, flawless skin for celebrities. His artisanal makeup products and accessories can help you achieve this same luxurious look at an affordable price. Browse Scott’s Faves or our new makeup releases now to learn more about the preferred cosmetics of makeup artists and celebrities.