Have you ever noticed how a certain shade of lipstick can make your eyes pop while another leaves you looking washed out? This effect is due to the cool or warm undertones found in your skin, these are the dominant colors that lie below the skin’s surface. When selecting a foundation it’s important to not only consider skin color but also match these undertones in order to create a flawless finish that gives you a natural looking glow.

Undertones can be Cool (pinkish or bluish), Warm (yellow or golden) or Neutral which is a mix of both. You can have the same skin color as someone, but a different undertone. One easy way to check is to look at the veins on your forearms – blue veins indicate a cool base while greenish veins indicate a warmer yellower base. Another clue can be found in the way skin reacts to the sun – warmer tones tend to tan while cooler skin is prone to burns.

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Once you’ve selected a few shades that match your skin color and undertones, test them by dabbing some swatches of foundation on your jawline to find the perfect fit. The correct hue should disappear right into the surrounding skin. Don’t be afraid to mix shades to get the right balance - our skin changes season to season so having a few options to blend is essential for achieving a flawless foundation finish year round.

Choose an oil free foundation with SPF to protect skin from sun damage and avoid blemishes. The Oxygenetix Foundation range is our pick for a long-lasting finish that allows skin to breath.