Karuna Chani is an internationally recognized and accomplished make up artist, image and skin care consultant. Catering to the crème de la crème of South Asians both in the US and internationally, she is also a beauty contributor to top fashion publications and online press like Marie Claire India, Hello Magazine India, Cosmopolitan Magazine Indonesia, Maharaniweddings.com, etc. Also touching the faces of notable figures like Priyanka Chopra, Chandrika Krishnamurthy Tandon, Shahani Goswami; her clients will tell you that her talent lies in her ability to bring the runway to realway! A fierce advocate for women’s rights and empowerment, Karuna takes every opportunity to help women feel confident, powerful and sexy. So as Karuna is one of the best in the business, we’re excited to welcome her to So-Famous as one of our exclusive beauty contributors.
And kicking off her the start of many beauty tips to come is her first piece on Foundation!! How do you find the right foundation for you? Karuna’s got you covered with all you need to know!
Picking out the right foundation shade can be a problem for women of all races, but it can be especially difficult for Olive and Brown skin tones. Though the range of shades and cosmetic lines for women of color has improved over the years, many lines still don’t go beyond caramel. And even for those with a lighter complexion, it doesn’t mean they’ll be able to wear the lighter shades. This is because most cosmetics brands often have a pink undertone, which is obviously incorrect for brown skin tones.
The wrong shade of foundation can look orange, pasty or muddy on darker skin.
So when picking a foundation, it’s important to match not only the color of your skin but its undertones (i.e., yellow/golden, pink/red and olive) as well. Then lastly, it’s important to match the tone and warmth of your complexion.
When ready to test your foundation, test from your cheekbone to jaw line, or if you feel you may be sensitive skin type, use the lower jaw line to neck. But NEVER, EVER use the back of your hand. The hand is actually the worst place to test a product and color that is meant for your face. Testing your foundation on your face will more easily reveal your undertone and quickly narrow the search when trying to pick the right foundation.
First choose a color that appears to match your overall skin tone, then after applying it to your cheekbone to jaw line area, after a couple minutes confirm that it also matches your undertones as well. Next it’s time to determine whether your tone is light, medium, or dark and either warm, cool or neutral. To do this, try two to three different shades on each cheek, letting them sit for 30 minutes to set and oxidize. If after 30 minutes of wear the foundation seems to be close to invisible and natural…You’ve got yourself the perfect shade!
If you’re not comfortable choosing your foundation on your own, it’s best to go to a high-end cosmetic boutique or department store. Carefully pick the artist at the counter that is not only closest to your skin tone, but also suits your sense of style. Then have them help you find your perfect foundation, using the guidelines above.
DISCLAIMER: It’s normal to have two different shades of foundation. One for the summer months when skin has a sun-kissed glow, and another for the winter months when skin is a shade or two lighter because the absence of sun makes skin fairer.
BEST Foundation brands for Olive and Brown Skin Tones:
1. NARS – Sheer Glow
2. Giorgio Armani – Luminous Silk Foundation
3. Laura Mercier – Tinted Moisturizer w/ SPF 20
4. Bobbi Brown – Skin Foundation w/ SPF 15
5. Makeup Forever – HD Foundation
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