how do you know if a foundation shade is too light?

VerityVerity Posts: 616Registered Users Curl Neophyte
I generally have the opposite problem: I can't find a shade that's light enough for me.

I just discovered Stila natural finish oil-free makeup, and though I love the texture and light, natural-looking coverage, I am not sure I have the right shade. I have read all the online articles about testing at the jawline and making sure the makeup blends into your skin. This makeup passes those tests, yet I feel that I look a little too pale in it.

Should a foundation shade match your skin exactly, or should it be ever-so-slightly darker?


  • kenzie!kenzie! Posts: 5,055Registered Users
    It should match exactly. If you really feel that it is too light then you can set it with a powder a shade or so darker than your foundation....or you can set it away til winter, when you will be a shade or two paler.
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  • VerityVerity Posts: 616Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    Thanks for the reply!

    I asked my 13-year-old daughter (who, let's face it, is going to be brutally honest!) whether the foundation I've been wearing lately is too light, and she said, "What foundation?" I think that tells me that I don't need to save it for winter.
  • sopretty20sopretty20 Posts: 88Registered Users
    Hi Verity! I usually have that same problem. I'm always stuck with foundation that's darker than my tone and I end up looking orange! I found a make-up artist with Mac that finally matched me with the right foundation. And like Kenzie said, I have a powder that's a little darker than the foundation so it works out perfectly!
  • rouquinnerouquinne Posts: 13,737Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    right now i'm actually at my summer shade of skin tone - even i can't avoid getting a bit darker. and i can tell that my winter foundation colour looks too pale - it's subtle, but it's there.

    to warm it up, i use a tiny amount of gold-tinged bronzer lightly applied everywhere the sun gets your face first.

    and in the next 7 or 8 weeks, it should be back to normal.
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  • guanacaxlatinaguanacaxlatina Posts: 69Registered Users
    why dont u buy samples??? what i like to do is match it to my neck (my face is lighter than the rest of my body).. but i apply it in direct sunlight and see if its too dark or light..

    indoor lighting is very decieving as is store lighting at makeup counters..
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