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How to Choose the Right Shade of Lancome Foundation for Your Skin Tone

For many of us, choosing a new foundation shade is up there with finding the perfect pair of bathers. It's stressful. It's sometimes undertaken with an over enthusiastic sales assistant, coupled with harsh lighting that highlights all of our perceived flaws. Otherwise it's done online, late at night when we're tired.

Let us help you find the perfect Lancome foundation.

First, you need to find the right foundation for your skin type. You can learn more, by reading our blog post Which is the Best Lancome Foundation for Me. Next you need to find your perfect shade. Sounds easy right?

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Find Your Perfect Lancome Foundation Shade

Our first bit of advice is to love the skin you're in and try not fight your skin's natural undertones. If you have a warm complexion, choose a shade that has yellow undertones. If your complexion is cool, a foundation with pink undertones will suit you best.

1. Find your Skin Tone Intensity

Most people fit into one of four categories with their skin tone intensity. These are:

Fair to Light - You have porcelain or pale skin with warm undertones. You burn easily.

Light to Medium - You may be pale in winter but usually tan in the sun. You have warm golden undertones.

Medium to Tan - You tan easily and may have olive skin.

Tan to Dark - The deepest range of skin tones

2. Select your Undertone

Basically, an undertone is the colour tone underneath the surface colour of your skin. Unlike your skin tone, which can tan, your undertone will stay the same. The colour underneath your skin's surface will affect the way the foundation will appear on top of your skin.

It takes a little effort to identify your undertone. The best way to do this is to look at the skin on the inside of your wrist. Here are our tips on how to figure this out your undertone.

      • Cool - your veins look purple-ish and your skin has a slight pink or red appearance
      • Warm - your veins looks green and your skin has a slight yellow or peach appearance
      • Neutral - your veins are blue 

3. Find your Foundation Shade

 The best foundation is the one that looks like the best version of your natural complexion. It leaves you with a gorgeous and natural looking finish.

Cool 005 Beige Ivoire 007 Beige Rose 010 Beige Porcelaine
Neutral 008 Beige Opale 01 Beige Albatre 011 Beige Cristallin
Warm 006 Beige Ocre 02 Lys Rose 025 Beige Lin



 Cool 0032 Beige Cendre 04 Beige Nature 047 Beige Taupe
Neutral 03 Beige Diaphane 038 Beige Cuivre 048 Beige Chataigne
Warm 026 Beige Fauve 035 Beige Dore 045 Sable Beige


 Cool 049 Beige Peche 055 Beige Ideal 06 Beige Cannelle
Neutral  051 Chataigne 08 Caramel -
Warm 050 Beige Ambre 07 Sable 09 Cookie



Cool 10.1 Acajou 10.2 Bronze
Warm 10 Praline 10.3 Pecan


Can't find your shade on our website? Send us an email via our Ask an Expert feature and we'll order it in for you.

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