It’s a makeup basic, but one that a lot of women get wrong – choosing the right shade of foundation. Unlike eyeliner, eyeshadow and blush, which are up for experimentation, foundation needs to be as close to your natural skin color as possible. The wrong shade can leave you looking white as ghost, or worse, like you spent the summer getting spray tans at the Jersey Shore. Neither is a good look.
So, the next time you are standing in front of rows and rows of cover-up with deceptively similar names like “bare” and “nude,” how do you pick the one that is right for your skin? Step one is to visit the makeup counter in your local cosmetic or department store. Ask for samples, and wear them for a day or two to find one you like before purchasing. Also, check out these simple tips by makeup expert Pallavi Symons. If you get it right, no one will be able to tell that your face is wearing anything.