Matching your makeup to your skin is tricky business. Go too light and your face will look washed-out; too dark, and you create an embarrassing line along your jaw that just isn't cute. But finding the right match can feel like searching for a needle in a haystack. Could our habit of testing foundation on our neck be to blame?
Don't Go for the Jugular
To get a shade that blends in better with the skin on your face, test it on your chest, rather than your neck. Why? Your neck is naturally a bit lighter, because it doesn’t get as much sun, so if you match that skin, you might pick a shade that’s a bit too light. Plus, when you look in the mirror, your face and chest are more visible. Since your neck is stuck in shadow, you won’t get an accurate reading.