Temptalia Foundation Matrix has been very helpful in searching for a new foundation. If you have a foundation color you like, you can use the Foundation Matrix to figure out what skin tone "number" of that foundation is. I knew I needed one shade lighter then the foundation I was using. So I found the one I was using on the chart and looked for foundations that were a shade lighter. My shades are NC10. If you want to try a new foundation, you find that foundation on the chart and see what the shade name is for your skin tone "number". There are some shade recommendations that are slightly off, but all and all the foundation matrix is a great place to start any foundation quest.
The letter and number
combinations are based on the MAC cosmetics system for classifying skin
tones. Think of NC and "not cool". These are the warm shades. Think of
NW as "not warm". These are the cool shades. It is totally backwards
and confusing, but this is the most commonly used system on make-up
sites. The numbers start at 5 for very pale and go up 55 for dark
skinned people. I think most people from North Dakota will be between
20 and 30. Some brands have mostly cool foundation shades and some have
mostly warm ones. This helps explain why I could never find my color
in some brands. The Foundation Matrix has been very helpful in
narrowing down my choices because there are not many drugstore NC10
The foundation matrix asks are you
warm toned or cool toned? Most people are warm toned. Even if you are
cool toned, you may be warm toned when you have tanned skin.
Warm toned skin (NC): Gold jewlery looks better on you. You look better in tomato reds. Olive skin is warm.
toned skin(NW): Silver jewelry looks better on you. You look better
in brick reds. If you have a dark hair and pale skin like Snow White,
you are probably cool toned. Nordic blondes are often cool toned.
toned skin (N): If both descriptions seem to fit, you are probably
neutral toned. Neutral skin tones can wear silver and gold jewelry
There is actually a range of skin tones, rather
then it being either/or proposition. I'm warm toned, but lean neutral.
Someone may be neutral, but lean cool. I say just make your best guess
when searching the foundation matrix. Have fun!
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