One of the questions makeup artists get asked most: how to match foundation to skin tone. It takes a lot of work to find the right one (which is ironic considering that if you do, it will go entirely unnoticed).
Think of it this way: foundation is kind of like the bra of makeup. It’s a critical background player, smoothing everything out and giving you a base to put fun stuff on top of. It never gets any glory, but if you get it wrong? Yikes. It can make your whole look feel uneven, messy and just plain off.
The answer: Our foundation match quiz. It’s a 2-minute, step-by-step test that will tell you how to match foundation to your skin online.
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How Our Foundation Match Quiz Works
It’s a quiz, so it starts with — you guessed it — questions!
Foundation Match Quiz: 3 Questions
We’ll assess answers for each of the following:
Once we’ve got those, we come to a crucial part of how to match foundation to skin: undertones.
Foundation Match Quiz: Undertone Assessment
There are 3 basic kinds of undertone:
Foundation Match Quiz: Model Behavior
The next step of learning how to match foundation to skin tone: matching a model virtually.
We’ll use your answers about jewelry, sun, vein color and undertones to whittle down your options. From our library of 40 BOUNCE Liquid Whip Foundation shades, we’ll give you a selection of faces. Pick the one that matches your coloring and skin tone best and there you go! Your results are in.
Foundation Match Quiz: Final Step
If you want to be extra careful before you online order — We get it! Foundation is too precious to waste — double check your shade against our undertone guides.
If you’re unsure of whether your answers got you to your perfect shade, look to the left and right. You might need to move one shade in either direction if you’re unsure of whether you’ve found your perfect match.*
If you do decide to venture out online foundation-testing any time soon, remember these tips:
Learn more about how to find your right foundation shade here.
* Shade Finder is our best recommendation virtually. For exact shade matching, in store is best. We do offer a 1x exchange on foundation, if a customer purchases the wrong shade.