Ask an Artist: How Do I Find My Perfect Foundation Shade Match?

When she’s not working with big names like Mandy Moore, celebrity makeup artist Jenn Streicher is part of the Laura Mercier Makeup Artist Collective, and she’s agreed to share her expertise with us via our new Ask an Artist series. Need help selecting the best foundation for your skin type? Want to master a three-minute eye makeup look? Come back every month for a unique beauty lesson from a pro.

It happens all the time… You’re at Sephora, the shade looks great, and you happily make the purchase. But a few days later, you try it in real life and you realize you’ve done it again: You’ve added yet another not-quite-right foundation to your growing collection. Yes, we’re all too familiar with the foundation graveyard. It’s a growing epidemic, but it can be stopped. This is where our resident makeup guru Jenn Streicher comes in. You ask the questions, and she answers. Foundation-matching is no different. We asked her to show us how to never buy the wrong foundation again, and she proved it’s not as hard as it seems (but it does require a bit of expert know-how).

Learn Streicher’s tried-and-true tips and never go home with the wrong foundation again.