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HOW TO FIND YOUR LANCÔME FOUNDATION SHADE

Wondering how to find your perfect foundation shade? Read our guide on determining the right foundation shade for you and the steps involved. Learn more

How To Find Your Lancome Foundation Shade

Foundation is the base from which makeup looks are built, but it can be a difficult step to get right in of itself. After all, finding a foundation match that blends seamlessly with your skin tone can be a tricky pairing to achieve.

Lancôme’s range of foundations are formulated with nourishing ingredients, to support your skin’s own radiance for optimum wearability.

With the right technique it’s possible to achieve a seamless match to your natural skin tone every time. For those still searching ‘find my foundation shade’, we’ve created a step-by-step guide to help you find your flawless formula once and for all.

Alongside discovering your undertone, you also need to consider your skin type. As natural oil-flow or dryness in skin shifts with seasonal changes, your foundation choice may also need to adjust throughout the year. For those with drier skin types, a nourishing formula like Teint Idole Ultra Wear Glow includes an 86% hydrating serum base to ensure bright, moisturised complexions. Those with normal to oily skin may benefit from our Teint Idole Ultra Wear Foundation Stick – the lightweight, powder-cream formula will last all day even on dewier skin. Our simple steps for how to find your foundation shade are below.

Find Your Perfect Foundation Match

Discover your perfect foundation match


The right foundation will look like your skin but better, and hues are key to achieving that seamless, natural finish. A significant factor in finding a flawless foundation match is undertone – beyond light, medium, deep and everything in between, your skin undertone will dictate which foundation shade blends with skin. There are three undertones to consider: warm, cool and neutral. A few handy undertone shade finder methods can help you determine yours – we recommend looking at the underside of your wrist and assessing the sun’s impact on your skin.

  • Cool undertones: a rosy pink tint with blue appearing veins
  • Warm undertones: green veins and a yellow or golden tint on skin
  • Neutral undertones: you fall somewhere in the middle of the two

Alongside discovering your undertone, you also need to consider your skin type. As natural oil-flow or dryness in skin shifts with seasonal changes, your foundation choice may also need to adjust throughout the year. For those with drier skin types, a nourishing formula like Teint Idole Ultra Wear Glow includes an 86% hydrating serum base to ensure bright, moisturised complexions. Those with normal to oily skin may benefit from our Teint Idole Ultra Wear Foundation Stick – the lightweight, powder-cream formula will last all day even on dewier skin. Our simple steps for how to find your foundation shade are below.


1. Swatch a range of foundation shades

Lancôme foundation shades come in an extensive range of colours, with cult-favourite Teint Idole Ultra Wear foundation offering 45 shades to choose from. Each bottle comes clearly marked with the skin undertone it suits, so you’ll have no trouble narrowing down your potential foundation match to two or three.


2. Apply your shade on jawline


Look for a few foundation colours that appear to be a match for your skin and swatch them on your jawline. The right shade will seem to ‘disappear’ into the skin and will also blend in seamlessly into your neck. Once you’ve worked the foundation in, check that it doesn’t appear too light or too dark. If you can’t see it on your skin, it means it has blended well and you’re on the right track.


3. Try out your shade in natural light


When it comes to how to pick your foundation shade it’s always a good idea to examine how a colour appears in different light. Request samples of a few shades and apply them to your face at home to test in natural light and different scenarios like a day in the office or a night out. Remember if the foundation match is good, you’ll barely be able to tell you’ve applied a base.


4. Make your final choice


The right foundation shade won’t look or feel like a mask on top of skin – rather it should blend in with tone for all-day wear. Before you make your choice, compare bare skin with your skin with foundation on (snap a photo as well as looking in the mirror for comparison). The aim is to leave people thinking your skin looks amazing, not that your foundation looks great!

Teint Idole Ultra Wear Foundation Shades

Teint Idole Ultra Wear Foundation Shades


Given the changes in your skin throughout the year and the fact you may need a few different foundation shades on hand, finding a product with an extensive range of colour options is important. The Teint Idole Ultra Wear range features 45 different shades which cater to different skin undertones, for easy transitions throughout the year.

To make things even simpler, the Lancôme Virtual Try On Tool allows you to try on makeup products from foundation to lipstick in the comfort of your home. Each look is recreated on screen to give you a true understanding of which shades suit best. To help narrow down your decision before heading in store, try out the Teint Idole Ultra Wear Foundation online and view the extensive shades available.


Enjoyed our guide on how to pick foundation shades? Check out our guide on How To Choose the Perfect Foundation to help you find the right fit.

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