How to find the correct foundation for your skin shade
Author: Jasmine Cottan Date Posted: 1 November 2018
Let’s face it. Whether you’re after a liquid, cream or a pressed powder, finding the right foundation that's an exact match to our skin colour can be really tough.
Not to worry though, because we’re here along with our trusty sidekick, LA Girl to get you colour matching like a pro! No more unsightly unblended lines and mismatched foundation.
linnkristinaa applies LA Girl Pro Matte Foundation in Ivory with Light tan
Here’s how you do it:
Step 1 - Check your skin colour
Finding the correct foundation for your skin colour is all about assessing the tone of your complexion.
Assess whether you have either cool-toned or warm-toned skin. A suitable method is to wear a white T-shirt and stand in the natural sunlight and see if your skin brings out more yellow, pink or red hues. If you have blue or pink undertones, you may possess cool-toned skin. If you have reddish undertones, you own a warm skin tone.
Checking the colour of your veins is another excellent indication to see if you have either warm or cool-toned skin. People with blue veins tend to have cool-toned skin. Those with green have warmer skin tones.
Step 2 – Establish your skin category
In the world of makeup and foundation, skin shades come under four different types- Fair, Medium, Tanned/Olive and Dark. Understanding these categories can further determine your correct foundation colour.
Luckily, LA Girl Foundations have names like Ivory, Natural, Porcelain or Cafe - these foundation names usually give you some indication on the skin category they're under.
marybeth_13 uses LA Girl Pro HD Coverage Long Wear Illuminating Foundation in Dark Chocolate
Step 3 - Establish the finer details of your skin tone
Unfortunately, most people forget to take this into account and often choose a foundation that irritates their skin.
Ask yourself the following questions - Do you have oily skin? Are you more prone to breakouts, or do you have a dry, over-sensitive skin?
Here are some things to think about:
If you have oily or combination skin, you may wish to turn to a foundation that provides a matte finish and oil-free. You may want to go for a powder foundation as an alternative.
If you have dry skin, find a foundation that is infused with antioxidants to help hydrate the skin
Those with sensitive skin, we advise choosing a foundation free of harmful synthetics, is hypoallergenic and scent free to avoid aggravating your skin issues.
If you have a smooth skin-tone, find a foundation that offers partial/sheer coverage for a natural, soft-focus finish.
Remember, the best kind of foundation should be buildable, long-lasting, blends naturally into the skin in a seamless finish, while effectively covering pores and fine lines. Foundation isn't meant to be seen.
Also, don’t feel obligated to stick to one foundation colour. It's not unusual for your skin-tone to lighten during the winter as your skin isn't receiving natural sunlight. Mix and match two colours to find the foundation that's just right for you.
Why you should choose LA Girl as your go-to liquid foundation
Not only are they tailored explicitly to specific skin tones, but the foundation ranges also have great colours to match a variety of skin tones and can be customised to suit your own. With these two ranges combined, there are up to forty colours for you to choose from.
This LA Girl Foundation range has up to fifteen colours along with a lightener to customise your choice of foundation to the exact tone of your skin.
This foundation is long lasting and intensely hydrating, packed with antioxidising ingredients including sunflower oil and vitamin B5. Additionally, the foundation hues are a paraben-free formula designed to improve and soften your complexion.
The colours in the range are:
rmonks88 wearsLA Girl Pro HD Coverage Long Wear Illuminating Foundation in Nude Beige
This foundation offers a perfected matte finish and is perfect for those with oily, troubled and combination skin.
Recently, LA Girl has expanded its range, creating shades for gorgeous girls with cooler skin tones. Like the Illuminating Foundation, the lightweight liquid makeup is long-wearing and offers a safe paraben-free formula that is packed with soothing Vitamin E and B5.
All colours can be mixed together to create a foundation shade that's all your own.
The colours in the range are:
The left of the table features hues designed for women with warmer skin-tones, with Beige, Sand and Cafe the more versatile of the shades.
The middle and right of the table features hues exclusively made for those with cooler skin tones.
colorsandmakeup showcases all LA Girl Pro Matte Foundation swatches against cool-toned fair skin, warm-toned tan skin and warm-toned dark skin