Anyways, I knew there was a post I've been requested to do numerous times but haven't gotten around to it. So many of my viewers on YouTube and readers on the blog have requested that I do a "how to choose your foundation shade" in Bare Minerals. I think this is a great idea for the women who don't live near a retailer!
I hope you enjoy this and find it beneficial in some way. Please keep in mind that I have been working at a Bare Escentuals store for nearly 3 years now and some of the advice given is from personal experience with myself and customers :) I also don't know every single shade in Bare Minerals Foundations but I will list the majority of colors with descriptions! Enjoy!
Determining Your Undertone & Shade Family
- Warm (Yellow/Golden)
- Cool (Pink)
- Neutral (In Between Golden and Pink - "beige" - like undertone)
Most women find it easy to figure out which undertone they need. However, many don't understand the concept of neutral, warm, and cool undertones.
The best way I can help you decide which undertone would suit you best would be to first start out with the "Cool" undertone. If you have more pinker undertones, go with a cool foundation. On the other hand, if you have actual REDNESS in your skin, stray from the cool undertone. The pink hues will only enhance the red. You'll want to go with a neutral or warm foundation.
The easiest undertone to figure out, in my opinion, is the warm undertone. Women with a warmer complexion tend to have more of a golden finish to their skin.
If you have a neutral undertone you've lucked out, you can pretty much get away with any of the undertones. Neutral skin tones tend to be more on the olive or beige side. If you can't really detect any pink or warmth to the skin, you're probably a neutral. Neutral foundations also work fabulously to counteract redness, I've found that a lot of women who suffer from rosacea tend to look best in a neutral shade.
What's Your Color Family?
Fair-Fairly Light Complexions: For the fairest of all complexions most women will go for either "Fair C10", "Golden Fair W10", or "Fairly Light N10". As you can probably already tell, each of these colors has a different undertone. This is where determining your undertone comes into play. If you feel that you may be in the same color range as me, I do wear "Fairly Light N10", which is the most popular shade in the lighter color family.
Light-Fairly Medium Complexions: Moving past the Fairly Light stage, we move into the "Light W15" shade along with "Fairly Medium C20". These are both very versatile shades. "Light W15" will work a lot of times on women who are in the Medium skin tone range. Because it naturally has that warmth, it generally appears darker than what you would expect a "light" foundation to look like. Because of this, I generally recommend this shade to women who are right on the brink of the Medium color family but not quite that dark yet.
"Fairly Medium C20" is probably one of the least popular shades (for the store I work at anyways). Like "Light", Fairly Medium isn't yet into the Medium family range. As a matter of fact, I personally think it is very similar to "Fairly Light" only with a cool undertone. If you're in the lighter color family range and enjoy the cooler undertones, go for Fairly Medium!
Medium Complexions: In the medium color family you can choose from "Medium Beige N20", "Golden Medium W20", or "Medium C25". The numbers and names can be misleading with all three of these foundations so listen up ;) Medium and Medium BEIGE are commonly mixed up. "Medium C25" contains a pinker undertone and is considered to be "darker" than "Medium Beige N20". If you want my personal opinion, I don't believe "Medium" is darker than "Medium Beige". I think the cooler undertone really hinders the darkness of the foundation, allowing the neutral undertone in Medium Beige to come through slightly darker.
Medium Beige is by far the best selling foundation shade for BM. If you know you're in the Medium color family and aren't exactly sure which foundation to choose, I always recommend going with Medium Beige. Again, because the neutral undertone tends to match more people.
Lastly, for the warm undertones out there, "Golden Medium W20" is equivalent to Medium Beige, only possessing a yellow/golden undertone.
Tan Complexions: For the tan ladies out there, you can go for "Medium Tan C30", "Golden Tan W30", or "Tan N30. I think it's safe to say that you've probably concluded to find your undertone and go with the corresponding shade ;)
Deep/ Dark Complexions: For the deep and dark complexions, I personally think it's more about finding your shade rather than undertone. The undertones are harder to detect once the foundations get darker. In this case, you just have to find a good shade range match. Luckily, Bare Minerals has SEVERAL to choose from!
Just for old times sake, I thought I'd share a photo of when I first started wearing Bare Minerals! It has helped my skin in ways that I can't believe. I'm now more comfortable with not wearing as much makeup and even at times, skip out on it!
I honestly can't get coverage with any other makeup brand like I can with Bare Minerals. The natural luminosity of the Original Foundations is incomparable with anything I've ever used and I highly encourage everyone to give it a shot!
I hope this post helped you in some way! Feel free to leave me questions if you're still unsure about choosing your shade.
Thanks for reading!
Until next time...