Finding your perfect foundation match is hard. If only there was dating app for trying foundations. You could swipe right on a color and see if it works for you. Unfortunately, it’s not always that easy to get a match (foundation wise). It can be especially difficult if you’re something for foundation online.
Thankfully, there is a 2-second trick takes the guesswork out finding the perfect foundation. All you have to do is look at your wrist. What color are your veins? If your veins are olive-colored, that means you have a warm skin tone. If your veins are blue, that means you have a pink undertones. If you have both, then your undertone is neutral. Once you know your undertones, discovering your foundation match will be a lot easier.
It’s important to recognize the difference between skin tone and undertone. According to makeup guru Michelle Phan, your skin tone is how light or deep your shade is, which can usually be determined by how your skin reacts to the sun. This can basically be narrowed down to light, medium, or dark. Your undertone represents your skin color, which is something that never changes, no matter the season.
People with warm undertones tend to look better in foundations that have a gold or yellow base. Cool skin tones should gravitate toward foundations with hints of blue or pink. If your neutral, you fall somewhere in between. Try shades like buff, nude, and ivory.
The best way to test foundation is to test it out on your jawline (not your hand or face). This is because your jawline is where your complexion is the most even. The trick is to test three different foundation shades in this area. Swatch three different shades on your jawline. You want to pick the shade that looks “invisible.” This is your perfect match.
If you’re shopping for foundation online, there are some great guides available to help you find the best shade. Check out this amazing foundation guide from Ulta. It allows you to shop by brand and then categorizes each shade by skin tone. There are also some really good apps that can help your narrow down for your foundation choices. Check out our list here.
For more foundation tricks, check out 5 foundation mistakes that are aging you and the one thing you should never do when applying foundation.