The golden rule of foundation is that it must work with your natural skin undertone. No matter how beautiful the product, if it’s fighting against your skin undertone, it will never feel or look quite right. By identifying shades that work with your skin undertone you’ll achieve a more natural, even looking complexion.
What exactly is skin undertone? Basically, it's the colour coming through from underneath the surface of your skin. There are 3 types - warm, cool, or neutral.
Determining your dominant skin undertone is simple and outlined below:
The wrist test: Examine the colour of your veins on the underside of your wrist. If they are purple or blue in colour then you are cool. If they are green or olive in colour, you are warm. If you are neither dominant colour, or unable to determine, you are neutral.
The sun test: Think about what happens when you are out in the sun. If your skin turns red only, are likely to have a cool undertone. Conversely, if you tan easily, you are likely a warm undertone. If you burn, then tan, then you are likely neutral undertone.
Now read our foundation shade descriptions and match to your skin undertone here. Remember, it is not a hard and fast rule, but it should narrow your search for the perfect shade of foundation considerably.