Follow-up For A Flawless Face: Choosing the right shade

If you have been on the search for your perfect foundation, you are maybe a little overwhelmed by the vast array of formulas and colors. I hope you have tried a few formulas I suggested (or more!) and have maybe found one you like. Now comes the color. I know, I know there are lots of shades. That’s a good thing! Today’s seclection is a far cry from the Max Factor years ago when there was basically 3 colors- pink, pinker and orange. Yuck! Here are some tips on choosing the right color:

1.) Determine your coloring. Ivory, Beige or Bronze (light, medium or dark). After you establish this, you should determine your undertone. Pink, yellow, neutral or golden. Determining undertones can be tricky so this is where help comes in from a beauty advisor at the make-up counter or me.

2.) After base color and undertone are determined, select three shades within your range. It is very important to stripe the foundation on your face, not the back of your hand. They are not the same color. I like to stripe all three colors in a vertical line from the cheek to the jawline- right next to eachother.

3.) Allow all three color to sit on your skin for about 10-15 seconds. The correct shade should virtually diappear into your skin.

It’s helpful to obtain a sample and take the foundation home to try it out for a few days. Most make-up counters will be perfectly happy to do this for you. It really helps to see what it looks like after some wear and in natural light. Don’t trust the lights in the make-up department.

As always, I hope this helps you on your quest for the perfect foundation. If you have tried and tried to no avail, please contact me. I can lead you in the right direction. And if that doesn’t work, I’ll come with ya!

My absolute favorite foundations are Mary Kay Medium and Full Coverage foundations. I have never met a woman that I have not been able to match perfectly. They have the best selection for Bronze skin as well. They go on smooth, wear beautifully (they actually don’t rub off) and look amazing! Some other lines that have outstanding foundations are: Lancome (Photogenic Lummesence, Teint Idole, Mineral ), Laura Mercier ( THE best tinted moisturizers) and Chanel Teint Innocence Line.

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