Undertones 101

Bought a new foundation but it’s too orange? Too pink? There’s a reason for that, and I’m going to tell you what it is.

UNDERTONES!! Warm, cool and neutral. The three undertones and the reason your foundation doesn’t perfectly match your skin.


Today I’ll be going through each undertone, using the Loréal True Match Foundation as my example foundation.

Warm; yellow/golden undertones. People with warm undertones tan quite easily in the sun, they usually fit a darker shade of foundation, and sometimes have a slight greenish cast to the skin (especially in cold weather). For the Loréal True Match Foundation, you would fit the ‘W’ line.

Cool; pink undertones. People with cool undertones are usually more pale than people with warm and often burn very easily in the sun (so SPF is a must). If you have a cool undertone, you may find porcelain shades fit better as they are often the lightest. In Loréal True Match Foundation you would fit the ‘C’ line.

Neutral; the medium of warm and cool, greyish undertones. Neutral undertones are generally paler than warm yet darker than cool. You may find you burn fairly easily, but don’t skip on the SPF. In Loréal True Match Foundation you would fit the ‘N’ line.

Now, undertones are very important when searching for the right foundation. Some lines may not define undertones, but if you are familiar with yours then you should find your shade easily.

Finding the correct shade foundation has been very difficult for me. 1C in True Match was too dark and way too pink. I’ve settled for 1N. I’ve concluded that all True Match shades are just simply not pale enough. I need a shade that maybe an off white colour. I’ve noticed that Hourglass has a new stick foundation with some super pale shades (snow-like) and also some gorgeous deep shades too. Drugstore foundations have a big problem with their shade ranges; the lightest shades aren’t light enough, and the darker shades aren’t dark enough! C’mon drugstore brands, please expand past your medium skin tones?!

My advice to you is to KNOW YOUR UNDERTONE. If you want a foundation to give you a flawless complexion and match your skin, it’s vital.

Until next time,

DISCLAIMER: This post is not sponsored by Loreal. All opinions and views are my own.


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