Because I have a fair to medium depth of color to my skin, I have chosen a Cool 2, Neutral 2, and Warm 2 shades in the Perfect Cover Foundation formula to test out – and a bare, foundation/concealer-free face.
To get started, simply swatch a little stripe of each foundation onto your cheek, ending near your jaw bone. Give it a thick stripe, so you can really see it. To help remember which foundation stripe is which, you might want to make a little note, or lay out the sample packets on the counter in the order that you applied them. Starting nearest my chin I applied Warm 2, then Neutral 2 in the middle, and Cool 2 nearest my hairline. (And yes, I took notes).
As you can see (the light has washed out the "warm" swatch in this photo but in person you can see a big difference– it really stands out.) the two shades that have melted into my skin tone are Cool 2 and Neutral 2– but Neutral 2 is just a bit more seamless, so that’s the one I chose.
Lisa's note: Abby is a Cool Bright Winter which means she has a cool skin tone- which makes sense that both the Cool and the Neutral shade worked best for her.
The important thing about doing the stripe test is just that. Even if you have it pretty narrowed down to two shades, it’s possible that each shade would work out pretty well and you may never know that the one works just a bit better for your skin tone if you don’t see them like this side-by-side! Congratulations, beauty! You are now the proud know-er of your perfect foundation shade, no rocket science necessary. And doesn’t it just feel good? If you want more Simple Beauty goodness, check out this post for a behind-the-scenes peek into our latest photo shoot and see how the “magic” happens! Or, if you want more Simple Beauty Blog how-to goodness, head on over and check out my DIY flower crown tutorialto keep getting into the Springtime spirit! Get your very own foundation samples here.
Abby is a recent UCSB alum and self proclaimed second-generation hippie with a passion for everything DIY, vegan snickerdoodles, and eco-friendly, sustainable living– in that order. She is happily married to all 6 ½ feet of her wonderful husband, and spends her time taking pictures and writing about about her life in tiny notebooks.