How to Choose the Correct Foundation Color

by 12 February 14, 2009 0 Comments

Ever wondered how you find that perfect color foundation without spending a fortune buying every color under the sun until you find it?

It's actually pretty simple.

First, find a company that you can purchase small amounts of foundation for this purpose.  Eve Organics foundations come in sample baggies for $1 each so that you can order a few colors and decide which is best for you.

Select Samples

Select 3-4 colors that are in the depth of color and range of your skin tone.  The best way to figure out if you have pink, neutral or olive undertones is to do the following:

1.  Look at the veins on the underside of your wrist. If your veins look purple, you have a pink or red undertone (this is the least common, very few people have red undertones).  If you veins look blue, you have neutral undertones and if your veins look greenish, you have an olive or yellow undertone.

2.  Choose a couple of colors in the correct depth of color (light, medium, dark) and family of undertones (pink, yellow or neutral).  Then choose one or two colors in the correct depth of color (light medium or dark) and neutral undertones since you could be borderline.  Eve Organics foundations are listed as either P for Pink, O for Olive or N for Neutral.  They are also listed as a 1, 2, 3, etc. for depth of color (1 being the lightest).  For women of color, our colors are listed as D and numbered 1, 2, 3, etc for depth of color.  The descriptions will help with color selection.

Apply to Skin

Using a concealer brush, apply a small amount of mineral foundation in a line on your face from cheekbone to jaw line.  Buff lightly onto skin.  Apply a series of lines next to each other with the rest of the colors you are sampling.  Buff each one lightly onto skin.

Now, wait a few minutes before you make your final decision.  As is with the application of mineral foundation to the entire face, you need to wait a few minutes for the warmth of your body and the skin's oils to "activate" the foundation.  You will not get an accurate color reading without the wait.

After the waiting period, go to a window or outside to get an accurate color read.  Indoor lighting tends to be either yellow or green/blue depending on the type of bulbs used -- tungsten or flourescent.  Have you ever put on makeup, gone into a public restroom with flourescent lighting and wondered why you looked ill?  Flourescent light gives off a greenish hue and doesn't exactly compliment the skin.  Therefore, full spectrum light (sunlight) is the best for determining true color.

The best foundation color for your skin will look like it isn't there.  It will blend flawlessly with your face.  It's crazy how simple it seems, but most people don't have the opportunity to try a variety of colors at one time.

This way, you're only out about 4 bucks, instead of a possible $100 or so and know your exact skin color.  Pretty cool hugh?