Find the right shade of foundation

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I swear I can never find the right shade of foundation! Its annoying. What are some easy ways to figure it out. I get my make up from Walmart (I dont want to spend 40 on a little thing of foundation) And there is no natural light and I'm not sure if you can return make up. CVS i know you can but its more expensive there.
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I swear I can never find the right shade of foundation! Its annoying. What are some easy ways to figure it out. I get my make up from Walmart (I dont want to spend 40 on a little thing of foundation) And there is no natural light and I'm not sure if you can return make up. CVS i know you can but its more expensive there.
Originally Posted by Nayy775
Don't buy your foundation at WalMart. That's one way. Seriously, get matched at Mac.
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I swear I can never find the right shade of foundation! Its annoying. What are some easy ways to figure it out. I get my make up from Walmart (I dont want to spend 40 on a little thing of foundation) And there is no natural light and I'm not sure if you can return make up. CVS i know you can but its more expensive there.
Originally Posted by Nayy775
I understand this. And how you can't afford Mac or higher brands. What I do is search the foundation I wanna purchase on youtube and there's tons of reviews of ladies on there, and I find someone who matches my skin tone and see what shade they got. They show it in natural light and show swatches ect. It helps.

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I swear I can never find the right shade of foundation! Its annoying. What are some easy ways to figure it out. I get my make up from Walmart (I dont want to spend 40 on a little thing of foundation) And there is no natural light and I'm not sure if you can return make up. CVS i know you can but its more expensive there.
Originally Posted by Nayy775
I understand this. And how you can't afford Mac or higher brands. What I do is search the foundation I wanna purchase on youtube and there's tons of reviews of ladies on there, and I find someone who matches my skin tone and see what shade they got. They show it in natural light and show swatches ect. It helps.

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Originally Posted by DepressedCurls
Another way to do this is to get matched at MAC or some other department counter and get a sample of the product(don't forget to write the same down somewhere incase it fades!) they'll usually tell you about your undertones, etc. Then you can take this information and go on youtube/blogs and see if you can find a dupe for the formula and color (thanks to the undertone information you now have) in a drugstore brand.


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To me, this is the most difficult part of makeup and it has been very frustrating. One problem I've found is that the foundation always dries much darker than in the bottle - think of paint drying. Even when foundation is tried on my skin in a dept. store, it looks very different 5 minutes later. Also, it oxides during the day which changes the color.

I've been trying stick foundations and they don't seem to change as much as liquid or creams for some reason. I don't know if you can find much selection in a drugstore for a stick type foundation. As the saying goes "I feel your pain!"

The suggestion to get tested at MAC is very good because they have so many colors but in my experience the MAC people don't give out samples. You might try a Sephora if you live near one - they've given lots of samples to me and that really helps. Also, Estee Lauder will give you a free sample which is supposedly in your best foundation color. Any Estee at any dept. store will do this.

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as TNB said, go get properly matched at MAC or Sephora and then go to Temptalia and use their foundation-matching matrix to find a drugstore brand.

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I swear I can never find the right shade of foundation! Its annoying. What are some easy ways to figure it out. I get my make up from Walmart (I dont want to spend 40 on a little thing of foundation) And there is no natural light and I'm not sure if you can return make up. CVS i know you can but its more expensive there.
Originally Posted by Nayy775
Both walmart and target have super return policies. As long as you have that original receipt they will take it back

Finding the right foundation is super hard, it took me forever to find the one that just disappears into my skin. I caved and bought Benefit 'Hello Flawless' liquid foundation since it made me so happy, I wear it everyday (and for me that everyday use justifies the higher cost, I'm still on my first bottle from April).

If you have tricky skin tones water based foundations allow for a little translucence, thus letting your natural skin tone to come through a little. Heavier silicone ones, though giving a more 'flawless' look have much less wiggle room, in my experience, in terms of color.

I know covergirl.com has a whole skin tone matching quiz to go through and it then puts a little pink dot next to every product that would complement your skin tone on the website.
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Last edited by PrincessHair09; 08-18-2012 at 08:54 PM. Reason: grammar
Hmm.. I have never had any issue returning makeup to Walmart, Rite Aid, or Walgreens. They take it back and give a full refund as long as there is a receipt...even if it's opened. I think color matching for a difficult match really has to be done by the individual themselves because ultimately they know what looks best on their own complexion. I'm a difficult match myself and I've never seen one sales clerk that can accurately match me. I think many of them learn the cookie cutter recommends to various complexions. I have a red undertone but my skin is a bronze tan..and it baffles the hell out of store clerks. I also get not wanting to pay so much for a foundation (or any makeup). However, foundation is the one thing I'll pay a bit more for makeup wise. I use Bare Minerals Matte. It's $28. I get it from the website or QVC. They have excellent color ranges and cater to various undertones as well. I just think if your foundation is right and perfects the overall look to your face you can get away with a lot of dirt cheap makeup for everything else. For difficult matches sometimes you really do have to spend a bit more for foundation because a lot of drug store color ranges are limited.
I love Avon foundations. And they refund if you get the wrong product or color. My problem is I am between 2 colors of my favorite type so I buy both and mix 1/2 and 1/2. However, this is their mineral powder makeup which has fewer choices than their liquids.

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