Double Jeopardy: How To Prevent Getting the Wrong Foundation Shade
|I decided to get a pressed powder because I wanted a lighter coverage. I also noticed that my face has been really dry lately. I have noticeably dry patches on my cheeks.|
|The shade RB23 made me look like a living carrot. My face literally turned orange and it looks so unnatural on me.|
So how does one prevent getting the wrong shade of powder?
1. Know your undertones and shade range. I want to share with you these info I found online:
-Skin appears rosy, pink, or red in daylight
-Looks best in blue, red, pink and purple clothing
-Skin burns easily
-Looks best in silver jewelry
-In natural light, the color of the veins on the underside of the wrist is blue
-A white shirt looks flattering on you
-Skin appears golden or yellowish in daylight
- Looks best in earth-toned clothing, such as browns, yellows, oranges, yellowish green and ecru
- Skin tans easily and very rarely burns
-Looks best in gold jewelry
-In natural light, the color of the veins on the underside of the wrist is evidently green
-An off-white, cream or ecru shirt looks flattering on you while pure white makes you look washed out
-Skin appears bronze or has hint of green in daylight
- Looks best in brown, green, orange, and beige clothing
-Skin burns before it tans
-Looks best in bronze or copper jewelry
- In natural light, the color of the veins on the underside of the wrist is light green
-A cream or light beige shirt looks flattering on you
-Skin has no obvious undertones, such as pink, olive or yellow
-Can wear just about any color of clothing and jewelry
- In natural light, the color of the veins on the underside of the wrist is a mix of blue and green, or purple
Credits to: Mineraux Skin Perfecting Minerals (http://www.mineraux.com.ph/makeup-guides/detemining-your-undertone-and-skin-tone/)
Also, find out if you have acidic skin. When you have acidic skin, your skin will react to makeup instantly. Foundations will definitely turn two shades darker than your skin tone.2. Do not swatch the shade on your hand or wrist. Foundations are for the face not for your hand, girl! Swatch the powder on your jaw line and if it disappears, that is the best shade for you. Remember it should blend naturally on your skin and must not look like a mask.
3 . However, the aforementioned trick may not work well due to lighting. This happened to me when I bought these powders. The lighting of the store greatly affects and alters the color of the makeup. I bought these powders with stores that have yellow lighting. The best thing is to check the shade under natural light.
4. If you are still unsure with your shade, try asking the SA to assist you. I am usually irritated with SAs that kept on following me while I am the makeup counters but sometimes, I have to admit that that I need them to answer my queries. You can also ask the SA to try the powder on your whole face. I often think that testers found on makeup counters are really unclean and unsanitized especially the tools used. (Does anyone think of this too?) I never had an SA tried a product directly on my whole face. I have a super sensitive skin and doing that would mean harakiri. I suggest that you bring your own brush or sponge if you really want to try the product.
5. Read reviews online. I developed the habit of reading reviews before buying products years ago. Thank heavens for beauty bloggers, makeup forums and makeup enthusiasts for their honest opinions and insights on beauty products.I have bought nice products without going to the counter by merely relying on their reviews.
Unfortunately, you can't return products here in the Philippines. I ended up giving my powders to my mom.
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