For many of us who are used to Western color ranges in foundations, where we kind of know whether we’re warm or cool toned and can tell an NC from a NW foundation from just a glance, when it comes to Korean shades it can become a color blind and costly nightmare trying to find the right one. Moreso if you’re buying online and can’t physically test it against your skin. So how do you begin to find a Korean compact cushion foundation that will suit your skin tone when all you have to go on is a picture on the internet?
The truth is: with great difficulty. Unless you can actually test it in a store, it’s not always a perfect color match to what you see online. Most Korean branded BB creams, powders and foundations are limited in their color range catering mostly to very light almost porcelain tones that are common in South Korea. For some women this may be perfect but with Korean Beauty doing the wave across the world, it’s almost impossible for every brand to cater to every skin tone. The lure of Korean compact cushion foundations lies in how most are packed with not just color, but also essence, SPF and PA factor and other general awesomeness. So what do you do when the color tone is not right for you but you love the reviews of it or are dying to try one of the brands you see advertised or in your favorite drama?
You could spend money on the brands with a wider range of shades, or browse Reddit to find others with similar skin tones and what they’ve used but what if the brand you really want to try simply doesn’t have your exact shade or there isn’t anyone who has your shade that’s converted to Korean makeup?
A trick I’ve found to work is to buy the shade closest to your skin tone even if it’s a couple of shades below yours. Next, slowly add drops of your regular cream foundation that is in your tone. Dab it into the cushion and test until you find it’s the correct tone for your skin. The more you add, the more the color of the compact foundation will begin to match your skin tone. You’ll get the perfect color and not lose the goodness from the cushion compact nutrients and application.
Alternatively, for a faux BB glow, mix a few drops of your regular foundation with a few drops of your Korean serum and sunscreen and use a compact cushion applicator to dab onto your skin to get that same finish as a cushion compact foundation.
It’s not a perfect science, but if you really want to try a new Korean foundation, this trick can work very well.
What are your tips when it comes to Korean foundation?