How to Choose the Right Foundation Colour

lizzie79 By lizzie79, 25th May 2014 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Most women have a foundation in their make up bag, but is it the right shade for their skin tone? Here are some tips on how to choose the right colour for you.


Often, women are unsure about which foundation colour they should be wearing. It can be a difficult decision, as often, at first glance, many different shades will look the same on the packaging. Also, they will be unsure of which shades will work best to compliment their natural skin tone. There are a few simple tips that you can follow to ensure that you get the best foundation to suit you.

Seek Professional Advice

Firstly, consider taking the advice of a professional. Many stores have a make-up counter where a professional make-up and beauty adviser will be able to offer guidance as to which colour would best suit your skin tone. They also may be able to offer advice with regards to which type of foundation would work best with which skin type. If you have dry skin then a liquid foundation may be better, whereas if you have oily skin, a powder foundation may reduce the oily appearance of your skin. It is possible that they may also be able to match the best foundation colour with a concealer or blemish stick if they feel that you have uneven skin tones and would benefit from using these as a base to your foundation. Another advantage of selecting your foundation colour in this way is that you may even get a free make over, where the professional will demonstrate to you the best way of applying your foundation.

Test the Colour

If you prefer to go it alone, there are additional ways to make sure that you get your choice of foundation right first time. First of all, don't just look at the colour that is shown on the packaging. This is often not the same colour as the foundation will look on your skin. It is essential that you use the test product and rub a small amount into an area of skin. This way you will be able to gauge the exact shade. The colour that you should select should be one that is only one or two shades darker than the natural tone of your own skin.  It should even out your complexion and give you just a touch of additional colour If you go to dark, you are at risk of having a visible foundation line around your jaw line or neck.

Day Colour and Night Colour

It may be wise to consider getting two different shades of foundation. One for day wear and one for nightwear. The day wear foundation should be very close to the natural colour of your complexion. The nightwear foundation can be a shade darker. For the nightwear foundation, it is also acceptable to purchase a foundation that has a touch of shimmer or glitter. Another reason for buying two is if you regular change your hair colour. Often different colours of foundation work better with different hair colours. Experiment to see which shade of foundation suits not only your skin tone, but also your hair colour.


Foundation is staple item in every woman's make-up bag yet many women find it difficult to choose the best colour. By seeking professional advice and testing the colour using a sample first you are more likely to find a shade that suits you. It is also best to opt for different foundation colours for day and night wear.


Beauty, Colour, Foundation, Make Up, Make Up Tips

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I am a mum of four who has worked as a professional freelance writer for the past five years and formerly worked in education. I love to write about education, parenting, fashion, health, and travel.

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