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How To Test Foundation

How-To: Test Foundation

You're all set to buy a fabulous new foundation, so you should first test it out on the back of your wrist, right? Nope. Your hand? That won't work either. Since you'll be wearing the foundation on your face, after all, the best place to test is — well, your face. But, did you know you should test your on neck, too?

It might seem a little odd, I realize, but it's the best way to avoid a two-toned look that boldly announces to the world, "I'm wearing the wrong shade of foundation."

First, on makeup free skin, paint three different shades of foundation in vertical stripes from the bottom of the cheek, past the jawline, stopping at the upper portion of the neck. Next, check out the colors in natural light — go outside if needed. Which shade melts into your skin?

The one that fades away is a keeper, as it will flawlessly blend with the undertones of both your face and neck. Still no luck? Just keep testing, testing, testing until you discover the most soft, seamless effect. You'll be happy you made the effort.


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ThePerfectScore ThePerfectScore 8 years
i just went to the MAC store and let them work their magic.... one look at me and the MAU totally was right
lizlee89 lizlee89 8 years
I never understood why people wear foundation that stops right at their jawline - they must know it looks wierd - so, yeah, of couse I always test on my neck even though I haven't had to in a while since I've been using the same foundation for four years now...
bluesuze bluesuze 8 years
That's what I do. Put it on my jawline and neck, and then go outside and either hop in my car and check it out in the rearview mirror, or pull out a compact, but you always need to check it in natural light, that's a must
fleurdelispink fleurdelispink 8 years
My wrist is one of the lightest parts of my body, but it matches up fairly well to my face. BuchaBaby, if I needed to find a new foundation, I'd probably just wear some moisturizer, and a little bit of blush and eye makeup and then try and find some. Luckily, I don't look dramatically different without foundation/powder on.
BuchaBaby BuchaBaby 8 years
But do you ladies really enter lets say a MAC-store without any makeup? Or do you grab one of the staff and say: ME-Foundation-NOW? Our MACies kinda would look at you pretty funny if you wouldnt wear any makeup at all. Maybe its just european snootiness ;)
bailaoragaditana bailaoragaditana 8 years
The skin on my hands is slightly darker than the skin on my face - although my inner wrist generally matches up pretty well. When testing foundations the proper way, though, you should always remember to use a makeup remover before you continue your shopping! There's nothing like having streaks of non-matching foundation on your face while you go try on cute sweaters or something!
writerjenna writerjenna 8 years
Like JessNess, I have never tested foundation on my wrist or hand!
NatashaAlexis NatashaAlexis 8 years
Thank you for the tip!
JessNess JessNess 8 years
I NEVER test foundation on my hand or my wrist. The skin there is easily a few shades darker than my face.
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