Ladies, it’s time to start afresh. Take a peak inside your makeup bag – we’re all guilty of owning cosmetics that have seen better days, so let’s scrap those products with the faded labels and invest in new makeup now... first stop, foundation! If you’re struggling to select the perfect foundation colour, fear not – simply read our handy guide.
Before you go makeup shopping, examine your skin tone in natural daylight in a mirror at home. Remember to look at the skin colour of your face, neck and chest as you need to pick a foundation colour that brings uniformity to all these areas, and take note of any problem areas such as pigmentation.
Determine if your skin has a ‘cool’ or ‘warm’ undertone. Cool undertones have more pinks and reds, while warm undertones are more yellow and olive. The general rule is that warm toned complexions tan relatively easily. Cool skin tones tend to burn. If you have a cool undertone, choose foundation colours with ‘natural’, ‘beige’, ‘cocoa’, ‘bronze’ or ‘mahogany’ in their names. Warm toned foundations are generally called ‘golden’, ‘peach’, ’honey’ or ‘caramel’.
Check the colour match in a mirror. The best shade for you is the one that disappears into your face and neck without too much blending – if you’re at a makeup counter, the beauty advisor will be able to blend the best shade with a foundation brush. Try heading outside so you can double-check your choice in natural light.
Never try to match the colour to the centre of your neck, directly under the chin. This area is regularly in the shadow, and usually one or two shades lighter than your face and chest.
Meet the foundations we've fallen for...
This lightweight foundation by Maybelline is perfect for those seeking natural coverage and a fresh finish, plus it’s free from oils and waxes. Created with a translucent base and lightweight pigments, the brand’s Fit Me Foundation has a purse-friendly price too.
If you’re a fan of Clinique’s iconic beauty range, be sure to pick up a bottle of Perfectly Real Foundation. A must for combination/oily skin, it’s designed to reduce redness and the appearance of imperfections while providing enough coverage for everyday wear.
The luxe packaging is enough to make anyone part with their hard-earned cash, but Giorgio Armani’s Luminous Silk Foundation is just as impressive on the skin with its weightless texture and all-day coverage. Definitely one for your wish list.
Makeup by Rina Steinberg, Images by Lucy Noble Photography