Are you looking for a foundation color matcher? Are you wondering how to pick the right foundation color out of a bewildering sea of beige shades?
What exactly does medium skin tone look like? And what is the difference between all these Maybelline Ivory shades?
And most importantly, can you actually trust foundation matching websites that claim to know your correct shade?
Read on for answers to these questions.
I Kept Buying the Wrong Foundation Shade, So I Built a Foundation Matcher
Before we dive in, here’s a bit of background info about how I found myself building a foundation matcher.
About 7 years ago, I was complaining to my husband about the pains of foundation shopping. You know the drill: you are in the beauty department, doing your best to pick the right foundation shade under the store’s weird lighting.
After swiping the germ-laden testers on your jaw, wrist and neck, you finally find THE ONE shade that fits you perfectly.
But somehow the moment you leave the store, that illusion is shattered.
That “perfect” foundation shade has somehow morphed into a pumpkin orange shade or a sickly mouse grey. And you are out of a wad of hard-earned cash.
There’s gotta be a better way to do this, I whined to my husband.
Well, he said patiently, why don’t you google to see how other people are solving this problem?
As it turns out, lots of people have been sharing their foundation matching know-how on forums like Reddit, and after stumbling upon this amazingly useful megathread, I decided to turn that tried and tested well of knowledge into a searchable foundation shade database.
Why Should I Trust You?
That’s a really good question to ask on the Internet. After all, there are plenty of sites out there that claim to know your perfect foundation matches without any knowledge of your skin undertone and skin type (foundations can oxidize and change color depending on how oily or dry your skin is).
And just how accurate are these foundation matches anyway? Well, we tested these foundation matching websites and found that the majority of them provided inaccurate matches and were bloated with ads.
Most importantly these companies do not disclose how they came up with their foundation matches. Is it computer algorithms or magic elves? Who knows?
But that’s not the case with Redmond Mom’s Foundation Matcher. Our foundation matches are crowdsourced from Redditors who have tried and tested these foundation shades. Many of them are also makeup connoisseurs who love to share their expertise on shades that worked for their skin tone and type.
Personally, I trust these real user opinions over any computer algorithm.
Ok, So Where Do I Start?
If You Are a Makeup Beginner
If you don’t know what your skin tone is at all (for example medium or dark, warm-toned or cool-toned), use this tutorial to get an idea of your skin tone range and undertone.
If You Know Your MAC Shade
If you know your MAC foundation shade (for example NC40, NC25, etc.), then you can skip the basics and jump right into the Foundation Matcher to look for your foundation matches/equivalents in different brands.
If You Want to Know Your Shade for a Specific Product
If you are looking for a foundation match in a specific product, then use our detailed foundation matchers below to find your match. These are our in-depth shade guides for some of the bestselling foundations and concealers.
Maybelline FIT ME Foundation Matcher
Maybelline FIT ME Concealer Matcher
L’Oreal True Match Foundation Matcher
Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Concealer Matcher
Maybelline SuperStay Foundation Matcher
IT Cosmetics CC Cream Foundation Matcher
ILIA Skin Tint Foundation Matcher
Milani Conceal and Perfect Foundation Matcher
NYX Can’t Stop Won’t Stop Foundation Matcher
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Need More Help Finding Your Foundation Match?
We are foundation shade geeks and we are here to help. Drop us a comment and we’ll do our best to answer your most pressing foundation-related questions.