Step 1: Identify your undertone
Before you can find your perfect foundation shade, you need to check the undertone of your skin. What’s that? Well, every skin color has a discernible undertone, most easily spotted via the vein color on your inside wrist. If it appears blue or purple, you’re cool-toned. If your veins look green, you’ve got warm-toned skin. And if you’re not sure? You’re likely neutral.
You might also notice that your skin has a natural rosy or golden tinge, rosy meaning your undertone is cool, and golden meaning your undertone is warm. A mix of the two means you have a neutral undertone. With these couple of ways to determine your undertone, you can then look out for the foundation that best suits you. Following this rule of thumb, foundation for cool undertones tends to look more pink in the bottle and warm undertone foundation appears more yellow. Foundation for neutral undertones tends to fall in the middle of this spectrum. And that’s all no matter the actual foundation shade, whether falling into the light, medium or deep skin color range. Find the shade that fits you best in store.