FAQ: Temptalia’s Foundation Matches, Skintone, & Skin Type

Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Foundation
Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Foundation

About My Coloring

I would describe myself as light-medium in color with soft, warm, yellowish undertones.  My neck is closer to light in color, while the edges of my face are closer to true light-medium and the center of my face is closer to light-to-light-medium.  As a result, I find color matches that are slightly warmer and yellower to suit me best, as true neutral foundations look rosier/pinker against my complexion. I also will lean lighter, as it will be easier to match against my neck, and I’ll often use a flesh-toned powder that adds a touch of additional color.  The closest match I have found thus far is Tarte’s Rainforest of the Sea in Light-Medium Neutral.

I have hazel eyes (a mixture of green and brown) and black-brown hair with less warmth in my eyebrows (they aren’t true black but warmer brow colors tend to look obvious).

About My Skin

I have normal-to-dry skin overall.  The majority of my face is normal most of the time, but occasionally, I get dryness on my eyelids, around my nostrils, and on my cheeks.  I have some fine lines around my eyes and underneath my eyes as well as visible smile lines.  I have a larger line that runs across my forehead.  As far as skin concerns go, I am most concerned with signs of aging and evenness of my skin overall.  I feel like I have normal-sized pores, as I do not notice them all. the. time. but find they can be visible and emphasized by the texture and finish of products.  I would not consider my skin sensitive, and after trialing so many products over the last ten years, I’d actually say it’s rather resilient.

Best Foundation Matches

  • Anastasia Stick Foundation in Beige — 1/2 shade too light
  • Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup in Desert Beige 2N1 — 1/2 shade too light
  • Giorgio Armani Maestro Glow Makeup in 4.0 — A bit yellow
  • Guerlain Lingerie de Peau (Discontinued) in 02 Beige Clair — 1/2 shade too light
  • Guerlain Lingerie de Peau (2016) in 02N Natural — 1/2 shade too light
  • Guerlain Parure de Lumiere in 02 Beige Clair — 1/2 shade too light
  • Guerlain Parure Gold in 02 Beige Clair — 1/2 shade too light
  • Hourglass Vanish Seamless Finish in Warm Ivory — 1/4 shade too light
  • Hourglass Vanish Seamless Finish in Nude — 1/4 shade too dark, slightly yellower
  • Hourglass Veil Fluid in Nude 1.5 — A touch pink
  • Laura Mercier Candleglow Soft Luminous in Dusk — A smidgen too dark
  • MAC Studio Waterweight in NC25 — 1/2 to 1 shade too light
  • Make Up For Ever Lift in #2 — 1/2 shade too light
  • Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Liquid Foundation in Y305 (140) — 1/8 to 1/4 shade too dark
  • Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Liquid Foundation in Y315 (125) — 1/4 shade too dark
  • Make Up For Ever Water Blend Face & Body in Y315 — 1/2 to 1/4 shade too dark
  • Tarte Amazonian Clay Full Coverage in Light-Medium Neutral — A bit too yellow
  • Tarte Amazonian Clay BB Tinted Moisturizer in Light-Medium Neutral — A bit too yellow
  • Tarte Rainforest of the Sea in Light-Medium Neutral — Almost perfect
  • Tarte Tape Shape Concealer in Light/Medium — 1-2 shades too light for face, 1/2 shade too light for under eye (I use it for under the eye)
  • Tom Ford Traceless Foundation Stick in Fawn — 1/2 shade too light
  • Urban Decay All Nighter in 3.25 — 1/2 shade too light
  • Urban Decay Naked Skin in 4.0 — A bit yellow

Too Light Foundations

  • Kat Von D Lock-It Creme Concealer in Light 15 — 1-2 shades too light for face, 1/2 to 1 shade too light for under eye
  • Kat Von D Lock-It Liquid Foundation in Light 48 — 1-2 shades too light, a bit pink
  • MAC Studio Waterweight in NC20 — 1-2 shades too light
  • MAC Studio Waterweight in NC25 — 1/2 to 1 shade too light
  • Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Stick Foundation in Y315 (125) — 1/2 to 1 shade too ligh
  • Tarte Tape Shape Concealer in Light/Medium — 1-2 shades too light for face, 1/2 to 1 shade too light for under eye
  • Tom Ford Traceless Foundation Stick in Fawn — 1 shade too light

Too Dark Foundations

  • Anastasia Stick Foundation in Natural — 1 shade too dark
  • Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup in Ivory Beige 3N1 — 2-3 shades too dark, rosier
  • Giorgio Armani Maestro Fusion Makeup in 6.5 — 1/2 to 1 shade too dark
  • Giorgio Armani Maestro Fusion Makeup in 7.0  — 3 shades too dark
  • Guerlain Lingerie de Peau (Discontinued) in 03 Beige Natural — 1 shade too dark
  • Guerlain Lingerie de Peau (2016) in 03N Natural — 1/2 to 1 shade too dark, more neutral/rosier
  • Guerlain Parure de Lumiere in 03 Beige Natural — 1 shade too dark
  • Guerlain Parure Gold in 03 Beige Natural — 1 shade too dark
  • Hourglass Vanish Seamless Finish in Nude — 1/2 to 1 shade too dark, slightly yellower
  • IT Cosmetics CC+ in Medium — 1-2 shades too dark
  • Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer in Sand — 2-3 shades too dark, too yellow
  • Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer in Almond — 4 shades too dark
  • Laura Mercier Silk Creme Moisturizing Photo Edition in Cashew Beige — 2-3 shades too dark, too warm
  • MAC Face & Body in N3 — 1/2 to 1 shade too dark, a bit yellow
  • MAC Pro Longwear in NW30 — 3-4 shades too dark, too yellow
  • MAC Studio Fix Fluid in NC25 — 2-3 shades too dark, too yellow
  • Make Up For Ever Water Blend Face & Body in Y305 — 1/2 shade too dark, slightly yellow
  • Marc Jacobs Beauty Re(marc)able in Beige 32 — 1 shades too dark, too yellow
  • Marc Jacobs Beauty Re(marc)able in Beige 33 — 2-3 shades too dark, too yellow
  • Marc Jacobs Beauty Re(marc)able in Golden Beige 36 — 3-4 shades too dark, too yellow
  • Tarte Double Duty Beauty Empowered Hybrid Gel in Medium Neutral — 1/2 to 1 shade too dark, pinker
  • Tom Ford Traceless Foundation in Natural — 2-3 Shades too dark
  • Urban Decay All Nighter in 4.0 — 1 to 1 1/2 shades too dark, too yellow

Right Skin Tone, Wrong Undertone

  • Giorgio Armani Maestro Fusion Makeup in 5.5 — Too pink to wear
  • Tarte Amazonian Clay Full Coverage in Light-Medium Neutral — A bit too yellow, wearable
  • Urban Decay Naked Skin in 4.0 — A bit yellow, wearable