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Base mathematics

Your formula + your shade = beautiful, glowing skin


Base mathematics


 

 

Your formula + your shade = beautiful, glowing skin

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Olive skin Fair Asian skin


Dark skin Redness-prone
 

Olive skin

Choose a foundation with a golden undertone. The trick is to find one that’s deep enough, depending on your complexion. Seek out a line with a full range of shades.

If your skin is…
Dry: Exfoliate weekly with a gentle scrub to create a smooth surface. Boost the silkiness further with a silicone-based primer so your foundation glides on. Choose a “satin” finish formula that’s not too matte.

 

 
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Fair

Don’t go too pale or you could look chalky. Try a sheer formula in a shade with a slightly golden undertone to add warmth to your skin.

If your skin is…
Well-balanced: You’re fortunate enough to be able to wear matte foundation if you like the classic beauty look on so many runways now (see left). The trick is to apply it on moist skin and work quickly with your brush before the formula sets.

 

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Asian skin

Use a primer with brightening agents in it as your base. Then, choose a shade with golden
undertones. Be careful not to pick one that’s paler than your natural shade.

If your skin is…
Aging: Foundation settles into lines and cakes when you’ve put too much on. Plus, the oil in your skin mixes with powder from too many touch-ups. Use a foundation brush to
apply your base and you’ll use a lot less. For extra protection, look for a formula with SPF and antioxidants.

 

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Dark skin

 Figure out if your skin has more of a red or yellow undertone, then use the opposite for balance. Yellow undertones in foundations can create a chalky
appearance on dark skin (so can titanium dioxide), so ask for help at the counter if you’re unsure.

 If your skin is…
Oily: Oily skin actually needs hydration, so shop for formulas with the words “hydra” and “oil-free.” Choose a fluid foundation (they need to be shaken and mixed) or a tinted moisturizer and apply only where needed.

 

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Redness-prone

Use a primer with a very faint green tint to counteract the redness in your skin. Then, choose a foundation with a golden undertone to further neutralize a ruddy complexion.

If your skin is…
Sensitive or acne-prone: Don’t use full-coverage foundation to cover up blemishes. Instead, let your concealer do that work. A sheer foundation that won’t clog pores is a better bet.

 

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