Like a strong concrete foundation is needed to raise a stable and strong building, similarly in facial makeup using the right shade of foundation is equally important if you want your overall makeup to look good.
The general rule is to look for a shade of foundation that can blend so well with your natural skin shade that it is difficult to differentiate. Obviously, we’re looking for a perfect match but if you can’t get one which is an absolute match, look for one which is closest to your skin complexion. Using even two shades darker or lighter than your skin shade can completely mar your overall look. The basic idea of using face foundation is to conceal flaws and make the skin tone to appear more even throughout the face.
When you want to test the color of a foundation that you are about to buy, apply a bit of it to somewhere on your jaw line to see whether it blends well with your facial skin. You can even test it on your cheeks; however don’t do the usual mistake of testing it on your wrist, because in most cases there is usually a noticeable difference in the skin shade of the face and the wrist.
I have even seen women trying to test the shade of foundation on the back of their hand, and I can guarantee you that you can never find the right shape that way. That’s because the back of the hand is generally darker than your facial skin. Now, another point that needs emphasis is that the shade should be checked ideally in bright daylight or at least a place in the store which is well lit.
Foundation makeup helps in giving your skin a smoother and more even surface by filling up the pores and absorbing the excess oil from your face skin. At the same time you’re able to achieve a uniform skin texture, skin tone and skin shade throughout your face. You can effectively use foundation to bury blemishes, pigmented skin and dark circles under the eyes, provided your choice of the shade of foundation is right.