Your Foundation Soul Mate Has Arrived
Can the Sephora Pantone Color IQ really pair us with our perfect shade of foundation? We tested its matchmaking skills
How It Works
According to Phillips, the most common mistake people make when picking a foundation is looking only at the tone on your face. The Color IQ system remedies this by reading three separate places on your face, neck, bust or arm. "The device marries all the tones from both the face and décolleté to give you the perfect match," says Phillips.
For Best Results
To get the best read, Philips recommends coming into the store sans makeup. (You can remove your makeup in-store, but that can leave redness behind which could skew your results). Your skin should be free of self-tanner, and you should steer clear of harsh chemical peels in the days leading up to your visit. And if you're extra-serious about finding that perfect match (and who isn't?) drink more water and less caffeine the day you go in. If you can't make it to a Sephora but still want to try out a new foundation shade, you can go to the Color IQ section of Sephora.com and enter a shade of foundation that matches you already and it will give you a readout and a list of matches.
Phillips made our faces look so natural that we had to get her to spill her technique: "I love using a sponge, like the Sephora Collection The Perfectionist Makeup Sponge, $12, to apply foundation because it allows you to start with a sheer layer that can easily be built upon." For sheer, yet still flawless, coverage, she recommends getting the sponge wet and squeezing out the excess water before applying.
Next up: Find out if the Sephora + Pantone Color IQ tool lived up to its hype and sent us all home with a match we could commit to -- for the long haul.
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