Have you ever returned from the beauty store after purchasing a foundation, only to discover that it is a shade or two lighter or darker than your skin tone? Well, we have all been there and done that (the beauty lights at stores being a huge contributing factor). Picking the right foundation is tricky when you ought to factor in coverage, skin type and concerns, but zeroing in on a shade is a whole different ball game. But this is where the newly launched Nykaa Beauty Basics come to the rescue—consider this as a video-led guide (you can find more on this on our YouTube channel) on everything beauty for beginners. Sort of like a basics 101 from which seasoned beauty enthusiasts and novices alike can stand to benefit. Now, we firmly understand the importance of a good shade of foundation (as it acts as a base for the rest of your makeup) and is closest to your actual colouring. So, if you’re in pursuit of finding your shade that looks like a second skin, keep scrolling.
Do A Patch Test
While testing multiple shades of foundation, you tend to swatch the product on your arms (happens to the best of us), and there is a problem with this although, the arm has a lot more ground for trial and error. Why? Because it often slips our mind that the skin tone on the arms could be deeper than your tone on the face. That’s why it’s important you conduct your patch test on your chin. Your chin is shielded from immense discolouration as opposed to any other place on your face. So, use this technique before you make a decision.
Identify Your Undertones
The often neglected step to picking the right shade is factoring in the undertone of your skin. But, how does one identify their undertone?
3 Vs 1 Technique
In order to obtain the perfect shade for your skin, you might have to go through a bunch of products first. We would recommend picking three contenders for the job. Swatch the three shades and sift to find the best match.
Test Of Time
Now that you have narrowed down to three different shades, another integral step that you ought to not miss out on is, waiting for the colour to oxidise. The foundation is most likely to change colours upon oxidation (coming in contact with O₂ cells) and so we recommend waiting out to see, allow the product to settle and then decide if it suits your skin tone.