How to get your foundation shade right

Yes, there will be times when you will need a little help when you want you skin to look its best. Foundation is the secret weapon to get you the perfect look especially when your skin needs it the most. But finding the right shade of foundation can be a challenge.


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I have mistakenly bought the wrong shade of foundation a few times. I choose a darker shade or a shade several tones lighter than my real colour, leaving my makeup looking a HOT MESS! Which was so embarrassingly.

The right shade gives that natural look and helps the makeup stay on, looking beautiful all day. Here are some handy tips to help you get the right shade of foundation.


Swatch 3 shades of foundation on your face

This is one of the oldest tricks in the book. Where you’re allowed to test the foundation apply 3 shades on foundation starting from your cheek to your jaw line. The idea is to see how well the different shades blends with your natural skin colour. The one closest to your skin colour is your match.

When you are applying the 3 shades of foundation, take care not to blend them into your skin. You need to see how well the foundation suits your skin colour.


Test the foundation in natural light

What most people do when choosing their foundation is to make choices based on the lighting in the store. But the truth is that you will not be indoors all the time and so making your choice of foundation based on indoor lighting is the wrong way to go.

If you’re in a store and you’re testing foundation, get close to a window to know exactly how well the foundation works on your skin.


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Place the bottle next to your face

Now, it’s not in all cases when you’ll be allowed to apply the foundation directly on your face before buying it. Many shops will not allow you to open the foundation bottle and apply the product directly on your skin. Foundation is usually kept in clear see-through containers. This makes it easy for you to know the exact shade of the foundation.

Where you’re unable to apply the foundation directly on your skin, bring the bottle of foundation close to your face in natural light. This will give you an idea of whether the foundation is a good fit for you.


Make use of foundation shade finder apps

Thank goodness for technology! Major cosmetic companies have developed their own nifty apps that will help you know the exact shade of foundation that matches your skin. All you have to do is download the app, take a picture of yourself under natural light and you automatically get the shade that works for you. Cosmetic companies like IMAN have a similar app to this.

Maybelline’s foundation shade finder is on their website and all you need to do is answer a couple of questions and they immediately produce the results that are a perfect match to your skin.


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How did you find the right foundation shade? Please share your tried and tested tips in the comments section below.

Thank you.



The Style Icon: David Bowie


On Sunday – 10 January, we lost a legend. David Bowie died a peaceful death after a courageous 18 month battle with liver cancer, 2 days after his 69th birthday. His death is a huge loss to all his fans, especially the music and fashion lovers.

David Bowie was an iconic singer, artist, producer, actor and fashion god. He successfully invented his own style and made it look good. He grab fashion ideas from everywhere and put his spin on it. If anyone else wore most of his pieces, they would look stupid, but on Bowie, it was stylish. Guess that is why he is known as a Style Icon, he could get away wearing anything. He was a risk taker, and he was daring. This man had no comfort zone, Before Lady Gaga, there was David Bowie, and no one did flamboyance like him, no one even came close.


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I adorned David Bowie’s music, style, confidence, willingness to try new things, and his ‘over the topness’. Sometimes I wish I could just let go and be like that, even if it was for 1 day. David Bowie did that to us, he was like a breath of fresh air, he had no rules, he lived his life on his own terms, and it felt good to watch. While other stars were busy being serious, he was having so much fun producing great music, playing around with his look, and standing out from the rest Guess that is why he was loved by many all over the world.

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I am going to miss so much about him, but I believe he has gone to a better place, free from illnesses and worries, and I believe his music and style will continue to live on. My thoughts are with Iman and the rest of your family.

Rest in peace David Bowie.


Product Review: Iman Second To None Cream To Powder Foundation

I had been using my Marykay powder and foundation for many years and I wanted a change so I decided to pop into a Debenhams store to try the Iman Second To None Cream To Powder Foundation in Clay 3 shade. My mum has been using Iman for many years and she had only good things to say about the product so I decided to give it a try.


 Here is what Iman has to say about the  product:

Gives the flawless look you want, with a truly natural appearance. Glides on like sheer silk to give the coverage of cream combined with a velvety powder finish.  Full coverage foundation imparts a velvety powder finish.

– Apply foundation and blend downward in the direction of your hair growth for a more even texture

– Velvety, creamy consistency blends easily

– Contains powder for a velvety finish

– Reduces the appearance of large pores

– Helps to hide discoloration

– For all skin types

– Available in Clay 1, Clay 2, Clay 5 (medium skin tones)

Earth 1, Earth 2, Earth 3, Earth 4, Earth 5 (dark to deep skin tones)


Here are my thoughts on the product:


  • The Second to None Cream to Powder Foundation in Clay 3 is the right shade for me. It matched my skin tone perfectly.
  • This product blends in well.
  • There is a shade for every skin tone.
  • It is easy to apply with the sponge that comes with it.
  • Goes on smoothly and gives great full coverage.



  • This product is quite hard to find. It is currently stocked in Debenhams in the UK and that seems to be the only beauty store to buy it but you may be able to buy it on
  • It makes my face oily so I still have to apply a bit of powder after applying it.
  • It is quite pricey at £24.50

Overall, I like this product, it suits my skin tone and I will be using it again. I recommend Iman Second To None Cream to Powder.

Have you tried this product?

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