Mar 17, 2014

[Makeup Basics] How to Choose the Right Foundation Shade

Makeup Basics is a weekly topic on this blog. The topic's aim is to help makeup rookie on how to get started. If you're interested in this topic, make sure to come back every week. There will be tips and product recommendations. If you have any useful tips and comment to share, don't forget to comment below. 

Hi everyone,

Makeup Basics topic resumes today. And we are going into the topic of foundation. Foundation is the hardest and the most tedious product to purchase. It will be the most annoying thing if you get the wrong foundation because it is too costly for trial-and-error, the wrong formula might make your face break out, and it can even ruin your entire makeup.


I will separate a few parts for this topic:

  • How to choose the right foundation shade
  • What are the different types of formula 
  • What type of coverage you should go for
  • Ways to apply your foundation


Step 1: Get the right base tone of your skin

This is the most crucial part. Getting the wrong base tone is like wearing clothes that don't fit. There are a few skin tone base:

1. Gray - normally Scandinavian and African
2. Yellow - a majority of Asians have this base tone
3. Pink - majority of Caucasian and very few oriental race
4. Brown - a universal skintone, any type of race could fall under this tone
5. Olive - mostly Latino and some Asians

I understand that different people have different base tone. If you really need my help, do take a photo of your face, one, under the sun light and another one, in the shade. Tag me on instagram @queenjerine with the hashtag #makeupbasics and I will comment on your photo to let you know which base tone you have.


Or you can check out the tones below to see which category you belong to.



If you are really not sure how to look for your right color. What I will advise you is to go to a makeup store with makeup artist in it. Yes, I know in the previous posts I did mention that you should start with drugstore brands. But if you really have no clue, go to MAC, Inglot (they're not that friendly though), Bobbi Brown. Shu Uemura, Benefit or any other brand that has actual store by itself.


When choosing the right tone, make sure it blends well with the actual tone of your skin. You can opt for one shade darker if it is not much of difference. This will allow the foundation to cover all the dark spots or uneven tones that you have on your face. Never go for a tone lighter assuming that it will make you look fairer. It will just make your face look white-washed, like a failed geisha wannabe.


That's all for today. The next Makeup Basics topic will still be on foundation. We will explore the different formulation of foundation to see what type of foundation suit you most.
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4 comments

Cindy Tong said...

interesting tips... mmm i think there is much more to consider when buying foundation likeits finishing,coverage and also the formula how creamy it is, how powdery the finishing is or how greasy or oily it is... like u say once u buy wrong thats is liow!

jerine lay said...

@Cindy: Yeah... I wasted a lot on wrong foundation. Don't want this to happen to you all.

Alice said...

Hey there Jerine, thanks for sharing awesome tips here. I like the way you present those tips. I have recorded down some points. Will follow it. Thank you for guiding us on make up basics. :)

jerine lay said...

@Alice: Thank you for reading. I will try to update this topic as much as I can.

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