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How to match foundation


So, you’re standing there in the makeup section and you see all the different shades and all the different words on the bottles and you’re freaking out because you have no idea what any of this means.

If you’ve felt this way before, guess what so have I! I’ve gone through so many foundations until I found my perfect match. Today I want to give you guys tips and tricks when it comes to matching your foundation. Don’t worry if you don’t get it right at the first time, no one ever gets it right trust me. Hope you guys enjoy!




Knowing your skin is the first step before getting foundation. It’s important to know your skin because certain foundations are meant for certain skin. The diagram above shows you the different types of skin. Foundations are made to fit certain skin types. If a foundation has the words “dewy finish”, it is made for people with dry skin to make their face look moisturize. If a foundation has the words “matte finish”, it is mad for people with oily skin so that way the skin doesn’t have build of oil peaking through the foundation. If your skin gets irritated easy, look up brands that are made for sensitive skin and start from there.

By knowing your skin, you have a better understanding of what foundation you need and help your search!



This is the nightmare of finding your right shade. You see the fails on the internet, the person looking way lighter or way darker than their actual body. So what’s the secret? How do you get the perfect shade? Well the answer to that is there isn’t a way to find the perfect shade. You can never get it right the first time, and different brands have different shades. I

I used to test out foundations on the back of my hand. I figured that if  it matched my hand then it would blend into my skin. The only problem was my face is dark than my chest, so the foundation would come out too dark. So I tried to blend it with my wrist, but then it made my face too light.

This is what I learned: match it to your neck or your actual face. That way you have a better understanding of your shade. Blending it to your neck helps show whether it will blend well to your neck and look more natural. Blending it to your face, well its obviously to make sure it’s actually your color.

Lighting is really important too. You want to get as much natural lighting as possible when you match foundation to your face. In store lighting doesn’t help, it can drown out the color of your skin. I always suggest to take a picture with flash, the flash could help see if the color is a match.

Keep in mind you skin also has under tones! Make sure you know your under tone before hand so that way when you’re looking for shades, you avoid colors that might bring out your undertone.


There’s a myth that the higher the price, the higher the quality. Believe it or not that’s not always true. I don’t use high end foundations because I’ve never felt the need to. When you’re searching for foundation, start off with drugstore foundation. You don’t want to spend $40 on a foundation that may not even work for you. Start off with foundation that doesn’t cost much and then work your way up.

There’s so many foundation at the drugstore, I suggest reading reviews and watching youtube tutorials. I tend to find that the more reviews, the better. Foundation is like love, just go with your gut. Go in committed, and ready to slay everyone with your flawless skin. Don’t feel pressured to by an expensive one because every beauty guru has it. Your skin is different than theirs and the foundation may not even work for you. Good foundation is subjective, what might work for you won’t work for someone else.

I hope you guys enjoyed this post and helped you all feel more confident and ready to try out any foundation. Leave a comment down below what you’re favorite foundation is and anything else you’d like to see on the blog.

Good luck!



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