Do you match your foundation to your face or neck/chest?

Kind of in the middle, though more likely closer to my chest because my neck seems 5 shades lighter than my face and then my face looks like it’s floating when I match to my neck, lol!

— Christine


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Wednesday Avatar

Same. I look weird if I match to my chest or neck, so i average it out. My neck is pretty much an exact match to Fenty 150, markedly lighter and more green olive looking than the rest of my body, and I would love to match to it so I’m not carrying colour down my neck, but no luck. I tend to blend a bit of my foundation onto my breastbone so it looks cohesive if I am wearing a summer neckline.

Ana Maria Avatar

I never matched foundation to my chest, I mostly wear high neck tops so I never feel the need. I try to match foundation to my actual face, so that it looks decent if I run some from my nose or chin. I try to pick a shade that blends seemingly into my neck, but in the end my face, neck and body have a pretty similar shade.

BrandiD Avatar

It depends on the season, to be honest. In the summer, I’m much more tan (in spite of using sunscreen, I manage to go up at least two shades) and have more skin on display so I’ll generally match my face to my chest. If I matched my neck, everything would be too light. However in the winter, I actually need to match my neck because not only am I lighter in general, but far less of my chest is on display. I went out to run errands today and checked my face in the car, and I’m right at the point where I need to switch from summer to winter foundations. It was overcast today and I definitely thought — oof, that’s too dark!

Nancy T Avatar

Neck, chest and arms! My face is probably just slightly lighter, more so during summer because I not only use a far more potent sunscreen on my face and neck during summer, but also because when I use the pool, I wear 45 spf on my face but only 25 or 30 spf for the rest of me. And so I need to go up at least one or two shades during summer so that I don’t have a “floating head” thing going on!

Lisa Adams Avatar

My neck is dark from sun damage. I never match my foundation to my neck, only my face. I countour my face and neck so they appear seamlesbetween face, neck and decollage.

Maggie Avatar

My face is darker than my neck & chest and foundation formula is already tricky especially bc my skin texture can have dry patches AND be oily. So I usually reach for a tinted moisturizer or buildable foundation that is either similar or a half shade darker than my neck. Then I reach for a medium or full coverage concealers that match the rest of my face. So long as I blend the edges carefully everything looks well enough.

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