Choosing the Right Shade of Foundation

There are so many different shades of foundation out there, making it no surprise that only 15% of women choose the right shade when they have no extra help available to them. To ensure that you do not make this mistake, here are some tips on how to choose the right shade of foundation.

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Matching a Shade to Your Skin Tone
The best way to truly match a foundation shade to your skin tone is by testing it against the back of your hand, as well as on your chest, before heading outside to see what it looks like in natural lighting. Even if you are not able to test this outside, you should still wait for a few minutes before making your decision, as the shade might slightly change as it soaks into your skin.

Seasonal Changes
Your skin tone will change throughout the year, meaning that the shade of foundation that may seem right for you now, will not seem that way at all in six months time. The best way to deal with this is by creating a custom shade that is able to complement your skin year-round. To do this, pick two shades of foundation, one lighter and one darker, using the lighter one in the triangular area that makes up the center of your face. Blend the darker shade into this over the sides of your cheeks and down onto your neck, and be sure to check the result in natural lighting as well as store lighting. If both shades work, then you can use these throughout the year, adjusting the amount of each, and the way in which you blend them, so that your skin tone is always complemented.

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Complexion Matching
If foundation is completely new to you, then it may be worth checking out some of the complexion matching programs found on the websites of certain cosmetic companies. These will ask you questions about your skin and complexion, and then provide you with color suggestions that you can then use a starting point for sampling shades. For a more accurate assessment, you could also head to a department store and seek the advice of a professional from a cosmetics brand.

When in Doubt, Go Darker
If you are ever having trouble choosing between two particular shades, with both of them being extremely similar, then the darker shade is the one you should go for. While a shade that is too light will give your complexion a chalky appearance, as well as making it seem as though you are overly made up, a darker shade will simply give off a more tanned appearance, making it much more forgiving.

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If you really want to look your very best, then you need to make sure that you are wearing the right shade of foundation. From learning how to match a shade to your skin tone, to investing in two shades that you blend throughout the year, these tips will ensure that your foundation is always spot-on in the future.

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Makeup Changes for Winter

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You adjust your skin care routine to the colder months, so why leave your makeup routine behind. Every makeup routine should also undergo a few essential adjustments to keep your skin healthy throughout the winter. To help you to do this quickly and easily, OROGOLD has put together a few helpful tips on the makeup changes that you should be making for winter.

Layering
In the winter months, layering should apply to your makeup as well as your clothing. You should be layering your skin care and makeup products to protect your skin as much as possible. If primer is something that you usually forget about, you need to make the effort in the winter to always apply a layer of primer if you are going to be using foundation or eyeshadow. OROGOLD would also suggest applying a hydrating serum before the primer, to give your skin an extra layer of moisture.

Hydrating foundation.

A Moisturizing Foundation
The winter months are extremely drying on the skin, which means that you will need a richer foundation that contains moisturizing and hydrating properties. Formulas that have mattifying properties are also drying, so it is usually best to avoid these in the winter. OROGOLD also reminds you to keep in mind that since you will be spending less time out in the sun, your skin may lighten by a couple of shades, so it is important that your winter foundation takes this into account.

Cream Eyeshadow
If you tend to usually opt for powder eyeshadows, OROGOLD suggests trying a cream eyeshadow in the winter. These dry months will ensure that the cream stays in place, avoiding any embarrassing smudges or creases. Don’t forget that when it comes to cream eyeshadows, a little goes a long way, so apply it sparingly to begin with.

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A Hydrating Lip Formula
Many lipsticks end up drawing moisture away from your lips, so it is essential to make sure that you are using a hydrating lip formula in the winter months. These will ensure that you can still enjoy your favorite shades, but avoid having to deal with pesky chapped lips.

Waterproof Formulas
Depending on where you live, it may be helpful to switch to waterproof makeup formulas in the winter. This means that no matter what you do, whether it be getting caught out in a torrential shower or frolicking around in the snow, you can be sure that your makeup will stay in place.

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Rosy Cheeks
In the summer months, most people will tend to opt for a sun-kissed appearance on their cheeks, giving their complexion a bronzed glow. However, this doesn’t really suit the colder months. Instead, OROGOLD suggests skipping the bronzer and opting for a cream blush, which will give your cheeks a subtle highlight, as well as a rosy glow.

Adjusting your makeup products and routine to better cater to the winter months will ensure that your skin remains fresh and healthy throughout the season. From opting for cream-based formulas instead of powders, to maintaining your skin’s moisture levels, these winter makeup tips will keep you looking your very best.