Light: The Secret to Finding a Foundation That Matches Your Neck
KATE, Managing Editor: Who knew my inability to find the perfect foundation shade could be boiled down to a technological knowledge gap? Had I only known this back when … Letter to my ninth grade self: It gets better. Wait for it. Until later, Me.
Painters and other artists have known for centuries that light is the secret to color theory. Now engineers and cosmetic scientists are catching on, too. Lancôme’s director of education, Larry Smith, kicked off our matching session by using a light meter to measure the pigmentation in my skin. It may sound intimidating, but it wasn’t. I just sat there and looked witty while Larry placed the meter on my chin, neck and cheek. The data collected was processed through a new, state-of-the-art algorithm that measures skin tone with extreme accuracy. And the calculations were used to determine just how much white, red, yellow and black pigment would be required to create a truly personalized formula.