How to choose foundation shade according to skin tone?

How to choose foundation shade according to skin tone?

Dec 14, 2022Zaryab Fayyaz

Do you spend a lot of time in a store searching for the right foundation shade?

This happens when you are not aware of your skin tone or when you are suffering from discoloration you will see that no foundation shade will match your face. You might have also noticed that sometimes the foundation shade does match your neck color; this is because you are picking the wrong foundation shade.

Foundation is the essential step of the makeup look that uplifts the overall look. The ultimate goal of this article is to help you find the right foundation shade that matches your skin tone.

What is skin tone?

The skin tone is the surface color of the skin or you can say the outermost layer of skin which represents the level of melanin in the body.

Types of skin tone

Here are 6 types of skin types:
  1. Extremely fair skin

  2. Fair skin

  3. Medium skin

  4. Olive skin

  5. Brown skin

  6. Black skin

Here is a quick way to find your skin tone:
  •       If you are someone with a fair skin tone then you might be described as having porcelain skin.
  •       If you are someone who has a light skin tone then you might have described as pale.
  •       If you are someone who has a medium skin tone then your skin tone will be between dark and light shades.
  •       If you’re a person with a deep skin tone then your skin tone will be described as darkish.

What is your skin type?

Similar to every other product in your skincare arsenal, a product should be picked based on skin type. Especially, when we talk about the foundation you should also consider your skin type this essential step.

Skin types are usually divided into 3 major classes:

  1. Oily skin

  2. Dry skin

  3. Combination skin

Consider your skin type

Oily skin

If you are someone who has oily skin then the matte-type foundation is the best choice for you. Matte-type foundation is usually oil and water free and minimizes the appearance of pores. The best thing about the matte type of foundation is that it doesn't feel heavy on the skin and gives you good coverage.

Dry skin

If you are someone who has dry skin then a dewy or luminous type of foundation will be the perfect choice for your skin. It will give you a sparkling, youthful look by blurring your imperfections like wrinkles, fine lines, and dark spots. Dewy types of foundations keep the skin hydrated and moisturised. To keep the appearance of your skin moist you should also apply primer as it will keep the skin moist.

Combination skin

For someone who has a combination type of skin then satin or satin-matte type of foundation will be the most suitable choice for you. This type of foundation will add a glow to the dry parts of a face without giving too much shine.

Identify undertone

Identifying the skin tone color is very difficult even if you are born with it. This is because your skin tone color continues to change. Like if you see your whole body the color of your legs will not match your arms or neck. Then in that case how will you identify your skin tone color?

In order to find the perfect foundation shade you should identify your skin undertone first.

Below are some of the tests that you can try to find out your skin tone:

Vein test

For this, you will need to test the color of your veins. If they are purple or blue then you belong to the cool undertone. If they're green or olive in shade, then you have a warm undertone. In case you are not able to decide on the dominant color, then you probably have a neutral undertone.

Sun Test

Here’s another very simple way to find out your undertone. If you get sunburns effortlessly when you are out in the sun, then you have got a cool undertone. On the other hand, if you get tanned easily under the sun then you have a warm undertone. And if you experience both things then you have a neutral undertone.

Finding the right foundation for your skin tone

Just like skin types and skin tones, there are several different types of foundations as well. Just like every skin care product is not good for every skin type, every type of foundation is not good for every skin tone.

Now, we will discuss some types of foundations and will discover which type of foundation is suitable for which skin tone.

Liquid foundations

This is the most common type of foundation that people use. You will see liquid foundations almost everywhere. Now, this type of foundation is best for a warm skin tone because it gives great coverage and it blends very well.

Powder foundation

Powder foundations are more popular than liquid foundations because this type of foundation is a two-in-one product that can be used either in a wet or dry form. Powder foundations are great for light skin tone.

Foundation Sticks

Foundation sticks come in a stick tube form.  This type of foundation gives you more coverage than liquid base foundations and is great for dark skin tones.

Time to choose foundation color

It’s important to remember one thing: foundations generally oxidize after a few minutes because of physical heat which makes your face orange.

 To find the best shade for your skin tone you should swatch a foundation and wait at least 5-10 minutes to see how the foundation will look after being oxidized.

Know What Coverage Level You Need

After you choose a foundation shade it’s time to choose a coverage level.

Light coverage

If you are not suffering from any discoloration or hyper-pigmentation then light foundation coverage will work best for you. Light coverage foundation will give you a natural finish.

Medium coverage

Medium coverage foundations have a higher degree of opacity that will give you a satin-like finish.

Full coverage

If you have dark spots and want to completely hide them then full coverage foundation is for you. It will cover all your skin imperfections and will give you a flawless look.


Finding the products according to your skin tone is very difficult and we understand that. That’s why MaGéAu Naturel offers products that are for all skin tones and individuals so you don’t have to struggle.

Whether you are going for a natural makeup look or for a glam look it’s very important to choose the right foundation because the foundation can make and break your overall look. Above we have explained the best ways you can identify your skin tone and other things that are important for choosing the right foundation shade.

So head over to the internet and grab yourself a perfect shade foundation for you!


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