Here’s How To Actually Pick The Right Shade Of Foundation


Finding the perfect foundation, BB cream, CC cream, lipstick, and every beauty product in between can be tricky. It all comes down to color. What’s your skin tone, but more importantly, what’s your undertone?

“Undertone is the shade within your skin color,” explains Robert Sesnek, a celebrity makeup artist for Catrice Cosmetics who works with Lucy Hale, Hailey Bieber, and Adriana Lima. Sesnek and Dr. Craig A. Kraffert, a board-certified dermatologist and founder of Amarte Skin Care, broke down everything to know about skin undertones and how to find yours. The perfect foundation shade awaits.

What’s a skin undertone?
Undertones are essentially the shade within the color. Think of it this way: When you look in the mirror you see your skin tone, but your undertone is the shade that is within that color.

“Complexions are, by definition, complex,” Kraffert adds. “Undertones are independent of skin pigmentation level and represent colors deep in the skin’s surface.”

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