How do I choose the right shade of base for my face? What mineral foundation color will match me best? These are questions we’ve all asked ourselves at some point. Searching for the right shade shouldn’t be a daunting task. Truth is, it’s quite simple, and we are here to help break it down for you!
1. KNOW YOUR SKIN TYPE!
Recognizing your skin type is a MUST when choosing the proper foundation shade. Knowing which skin type category you fall into will help you narrow down which class of foundation color(s) you should choose. (Your skin will love you for this, I promise!)
Skin feels & appears supple and vibrant. No access oil. Looks clean & smooth. Normal skin is the least problematic. Recommended Base - JoJoba, Matte & Semi-Matte.
Skin feels & appears dry. Flaking of the skin is very common. Dry Skin can develop wrinkles and irritates easily. Recommended Base - Jojoba.
Skin typically looks shiny and tends to have larger pores. More prone to acne breakouts. Recommended Base - Matte.
COMBINATION (Most common)
Skin has both dry and oily spots. Oily areas tend to be on the forehead and nose (T-ZONE). Dryness is usually located on the cheeks and around the eyes. Recommended Base - Matte and Jojoba.
Choosing between our 3 beautiful bases should be quite simple now that you know a little more about your skin. All bases are formulated with high performance ingredients to help make your complexion flawless!
2. KNOW YOUR UNDERTONES
Pink or reddish complexions. Skin typically burns easily. When looking at your hand or arm, veins appear blue. Silver jewelry complements this skin tone best.
Beige with a bit of yellow or pink complexions. Skin tans gradually. When looking at your hand or arm, veins tend to have a greenish tint to them. Both silver and gold complement this skin tone.
Yellow or peachy complexions. Skin tans easily and does not usually burn. When looking at your hand or arm, veins may have a slight greenish tint to them. Gold jewelry complements this skin tone best.
*A recent study shows that 97% of the population has a warm undertone to their skin. As only 3% of the population claimed having a cool undertone*
Here is a little more information on getting to know your undertones, as well as some handpicked base colors to go with each skin tone.
3. DON’T FAKE IT
When choosing your foundation, you never want to change the color of your face. You, my friend, are wonderfully made - skin tone and all! When looking at a spectrum of beautiful colors (which can get overwhelming), always choose a color or colors that are visibly closest to the natural tone of your skin.
After all, who wouldn’t want to look effortlessly beautiful?!
4. APPLICATION IS KEY
One of the BIGGEST mistakes that we beauties make while on the hunt for our perfect match….
Applying foundation shades on our cheeks or hands - this is a major NO NO!
Your neck is the best area to test your potentials, because it is the area of the skin that is least exposed to the sun. Therefore, it is the closest match to your natural skin tone.
5. SAMPLE ME PRETTY
“Mirror Mirror on the wall, I know my base shade after all!”
Everyday Minerals makes it easy for all of us to find the perfect base shade for our skin tone. The best decision you can make is to follow the link below and get started with a building your free makeup sample kit.
If you know the old name of your favorite base, then see our foundation shade guide with old and new names.
TA - DA! Test away, and find your perfect shade today!