Here’s How to Match Your Foundation Shade Perfectly According to Hourglass Makeup Artist

Hayley Kadrou   |   29-05-2019

Getting the just-right shade of foundation to match your skin tone can be tricky. Learn once and for all how to get it right thanks to Chi Shevket, Hourglass Cosmetics’s Senior Regional Makeup Artist and Trainer for the Middle East.


When it comes to beauty shopping, one of the most frustrating experiences can be deliberating over a fitting foundation in the store, finally handing over the Dirhams only to arrive home and realise the shade doesn’t quite match your skin.


But when we spoke to Hourglass Cosmetic’s Chi Shevket as she introduced us to the new Hourglass Vanish Stick Foundation and Liquid Foundation, she broked down everything – from the common mistake people make to the where to test it and adapting to different seasons– you need to know about avoiding that dreaded contrasting jawline.


Foundation Shade Masterclass with Hourglass Cosmetic’s MUA Chi Shevket


Chi Shevket Hourglass Cosmetics

Chi Shevket Hourglass Cosmetics


What are some of the things people get wrong when finding the right foundation?


1. Choosing a darker shade than their own skin tone

2. Not understanding their skin undertone

3. Matching shades in the wrong area 

4. Guessing the foundation shade without actually trying it on the skin

5. Assuming that all brands have the same shade of foundation



Vanish Seamless Foundation Stick

Vanish Seamless Foundation Stick



What is the best way to test the foundation on the skin?


People often try to match their foundation on the back of their hand where they could have suntan on or be exposed to the sun.


The best way to test your foundation is along the side of your cheek and down to the centre of the neck, and then blend the colour into the skin. If the colour blends straight into the neck that means it’s your correct shade of foundation.


How do you figure out which undertones you have? 


Finding your undertone is really not easy. If you have cool undertones, your skin tone usually has hints of blue and pink.  If you have warm undertones, you have hints of yellow, peach or gold. Finally, if you seem to have a mixture of both, you have neutral undertones.


If you aren’t sure which undertone you have, you can start by looking at the veins on your wrists. If your veins appear blue or purple, it means you are a cool tone, if green or olive, you are a warm tone. If you are mix than you are a natural tone. 


Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer

Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer


Can some foundations shades change as you actually wear them?


Yes, they can. Some foundations can oxidise, which means the foundation may change shades with contact with oxygen in the air, however, the Hourglass formulations ensure this never happens. 


How do you get the most from your foundation?


I would say that you need to always use good skincare, sunscreen, a primer such as Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer and a setting powder, without talc (which can flake in hot weather conditions).


The Hourglass Veil Translucent Setting Powder is talc-free and contains diamond powder which will leave your skin looking fresh all day. Your foundation choice may change with the seasons too. For example, during the hot months of summer, it may feel more comfortable to use a skin tint, such as Hourglass Illusion Hyaluronic Skin Tint. The Hyaluronic Acid will keep your skin hydrated whilst not clogging up your pores.


Hourglass Illusion

Hourglass Illusion


What other products can help you get the most from your foundation?


Always prep your skin with a good skincare routine, and follow with a primer such as the Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer. Choose your foundation and start from the nose. Using a brush or sponge, such as the Vanish Seamless Finish Foundation Brush, blend the foundation out towards the cheek and upwards towards the forehead. Add a little life using a natural colour bronzer – apply a light dusting over the face then contour the cheeks using a darker bronzer or by using more product, if required. A blush will add a pop of colour, too. Then to set your look, us a good quality setting powder such as Hourglass Veil Translucent Setting Powder.


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