If you’re after an airbrushed complexion, look no further than the legendary Estée Lauder. Crafting stunning foundations that perfect your skin from morning to night, this iconic beauty brand is a master at delivering a seamless makeup base to every skin type and skin concern. Available in a large variety of shades for all skin tones, Estée Lauder foundation colours can be a little confusing with their unique coding system. Now, it’s time to decode the Lauder method so you can find the right shade of foundation for your skin.
Estée Lauder Foundation Colours Explained
Estée Lauder is known for its extensive shade range for its foundations, with plenty of options available for the lightest and darkest of complexions and everyone in between. Our Estée Lauder foundation colour guide helps explain the foundation-naming system so you can find the right shade for you.
Estée Lauder foundations are divided into three categories; cool (C), neutral (N), and warm (W)—dependent on your undertone.
If you have cool undertones, your skin has a rosy pink tone and probably burns in the sun.
If you have warm undertones, your skin has a golden, olive, or yellow tint and tans easily.
If you have neutral undertones, your skin sits somewhere in between and is neither too pink nor noticeably golden.
Once you’ve determined your undertone, the number relates to the value of your skin, with the larger numbers representing deeper skin tones.
If you want to do an Estée Lauder foundation colour match against another foundation, you can use the Findation tool to find your perfect match. Once you've matched your foundation shade, be sure to check out our Beauty IQ article on How to Find the Right Eyebrow Colour
If you have warm skin tones and are looking for a foundation with a yellow base, have a read through our guide The 9 Best Yellow Undertone Foundations 2020
So now that you’ve got the correct shade, it’s time to discover the best foundation for your skin type.