Find Your Perfect Lancome Foundation

The key to faking a healthy-looking complexion—that is, one that boasts an even tone—is using the right foundation.

But what’s ‘right’? We mean a foundation that matches your skin colour exactly instead of looking like a mask.

‘The best way to find your perfect shade of foundation is to first identify your skin's undertone. Most foundations come in cool, neutral, or warm undertones,’ explains Lara Srokowski, director of artistry for Lancome Australia.

To find your undertone, she advises, ‘Look at the back of your wrists and distinguish the colour of your veins. If your veins appear more blue-like in colour, you are usually more of a cooler undertone. If they appear more green, you are usually a warmer undertone. And if they look in-between, a neutral is most likely the best option for you.

‘Once you have identified your undertone, choose three colours that are similar to your skin tone and swatch the shades on the side of the face close to your chin. The colour that disappears into the skin will be your perfect shade.’

Lancôme Teint Idole Ultra Wear FoundationLancôme Teint Idole Ultra Wear Foundation

Now that you’ve found your perfect shade of foundation, it’s actually a good idea to have more than one shade on hand: ‘one for your winter shade and one for summer,’ explains Srokowski.

‘The advantage to having two shades is you can customise your shade in between seasons and mix them together for your perfect shade match.’ Noted.

Here’s how to find your perfect Lancome foundation to put your best face forward.

Is there anything more luxurious than Lancome’s anti-aging foundation, Lancome Absolue Foundation? We think not. The texture is what we’re so obsessed with. The serum-in-oil formula wears comfortably and offers a radiant finish that makes your skin look dewy. The added skincare ingredients are also worth mentioning; they improve your complexion as you wear the base. And the gentle scent of Bergamot, Mandarin, and Rose Absolute invigorates your senses.

If you’re looking for Lancome’s long wear foundation option for combination or oily skin, meet Teint Idole Ultra Wear Foundation SPF 15. Besides offering extreme long-wear ability (we’re talking up to 24 hours), it can absorb excess oils so you won’t look super-shiny after a few hours.

We're not the only fans of this foundation; it’s Srokowski’s favourite too. ‘I love that you can manipulate the texture to achieve a luminous or matte base,’ she explains.

‘If you want the foundation to appear full-coverage and matte, you can wear Ultra Wear on its own. If you prefer something more natural and luminous, you can try mixing a small amount of our Advanced Genifique serum into the formula for a healthy glow.’

We’re also going to put this out there: we think this foundation is the ultimate Lancome foundation for dark skin due to its wide shade offering (we’re talking 45 shades at the time of this writing!).

We think the perfect Lancome foundation for dry skin is Teint Miracle Foundation. Formulated with 37% pure Water to hydrate and Rose Extract to calm the skin, this one’s a no-brainer when it comes to choosing a non-cakey, non-flaky foundation. Added Pearl Pigments are also worth mentioning for their photo-filtering effect (as though you’ve got a permanent Instagram filter on!).

The best Lancome foundation for sensitive skin
The best Lancome foundation for sensitive skin

Want to find a Lancome foundation for sensitive skin? We urge you to try Lancome Teint Idole Ultra Wear Stick Foundation. It has the same staying powers as Teint Idole Ultra Wear Foundation SPF 15. The stick version’s beautifully silky texture dries to a naturally matte finish. We also love that it’s a spill-proof, travel-friendly base option.

Lancôme Teint Idole Ultra Wear FoundationLancôme Teint Idole Ultra Wear Foundation

We hope you’ve found the perfect Lancome foundation after reading this guide.

And remember, it’s always a good idea to have at least two foundations on hand. This ensures that you’ve got a perfect match for your complexion all year round.

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