Thursday, April 20, 2006

How to Choose Your Skin: Finding a Foundation that Works

Zanabee asks:

"How do you match your skin color? I always seem to buy the wrong shade and I can't figure out what my perfect shade is."


This is an easy problem to fix, but it requires going to a department store or Sephora. You may even want to get several opinions, so take a friend or ask a sales clerk for advice.

First, look at the palm of your hand. Then, look for foundation colors that are similar. Swipe a bit of foundation on your hand. The way you'll be able to tell if the foundation is right for your skin is this-if the foundation blends into your hand and is hard to distinguish, then you've got a match!

Other tips:
Try several different foundations instead of one or two. Also, be sure you sample a few different brands, since colors are slightly different in each line of cosmetics.

The next step is to try the foundation on your face. Get a sample, or ask the clerk to make you over (you probably want to avoid wearing makeup for this shopping trip!). Take the rest of the day to see how the foundation wears and how it looks in different lights.

Good luck!