Help choosing your mineral foundation shade

January 14, 2011

Our customer services team love to help you choose your mineral foundation shade – but just before you pick up the phone try following our step by step guide to help you make the decision on your own. After all, it can be very difficult recommending a shade for you when we can’t actually see you.

Step 1

Time to determine the undertone of your natural skin tone. Our mineral foundations are suitable for all skin tones, and are available with either warm, cool or neutral undertones. Baffled? Don’t worry, we’ll explain.

mineral foundationWarm undertones are generalised by a skin tone with a more yellowy tone to it. It’s not an obvious yellow, but the tones are warmer. So for example if you have an olive complexion or have an Asian complexion you’re likely to have the warm undertones we’ve described.

Cool undertones can be generalised by a more pinky tint within the skin. You’re more likely to have the ‘English Rose’ type complexion.

If you’re not sure and think you sit in-between the two try neutral foundation shades – some of these are our top sellers, as they suit most skin tones irrelevant of the subtle undertone.

Step 2

Check against the veins in your wrists – it might sound funny, but in people with warmer skin tones the veins in the wrists show more green, and in people with cooler skin tones the veins show as more blue in colour.

Step 3

Select your category. Our foundations are split into the following categories – pale (for the very palest of them all our Porcelain has been described as one of the palest foundations available on the cosmetics market). Light – for the fairly pale group, you’ll find some of our best sellers like Blondie and Barely Buff in this category. Light –medium – you’re likely to be naturally quite light skinned, but tan easily. Medium – you’re likely to tan easily and hold the colour for most of the year, or have an olive or Asian complexion. And finally, our tan category caters for the deeper skin tones, up to our richest shades of Cinnamon and Hot Chocolate.

Step 4

Sample! Our samples are inexpensive and are there to make your buying decision easier. We always recommend trying a minimum of three samples – always try to select a shade lighter and darker than the one you think you might be.

Good luck!

461 Responses to “Help choosing your mineral foundation shade”

  1. Mia Says:

    Hello, Im searching for the right shade for my fair skin. I have dark brown hair and a fair skin which doesnt tan quickly. But Im defintely not rosy in any way. I want to try now Mineral foundation from Lily Lolo which colour would suit me? I use the Vichy teint ideal No 15 which is the lightest from this brand. Ive also tried light from Bare Minerals which was to yellow for my skin.Thanks:)

  2. Lynne Says:

    Hi, I have been using warm honey as a shade during winter. I tan easily and soend a lot if time outside. This shade is starting to look too pale, please could you advise on what shades to try? Thank you

  3. Lily Lolo Says:

    Hello Mia, I’ve just had a look and BM light matches our popcorn which has a peachy undertone, I’d say if you are finding BM to yellow/peachy try a sample size of In the Buff and Barely Buff, these are in the same shade range as the BM light but they have a balanced neutral undertone. As always re always recommend purchasing sample sizes first! LLx

  4. Lily Lolo Says:

    Hello Lynne, our next shade up with a peach undertone is Coffee Bean. It may be that you just need to mix a little of it in with your current shade to make the perfect shade for you. Try a sample size first before committing to a full size! LLx

  5. Mia Says:

    Thanks for your help. Ill try Barely Buff first, its lighter

  6. Sophie Says:

    Hi there,

    I currently use fairly medium on bare minerals and looking to see what the equivilant will be for the lily lilo brand?
    Many thanks!

  7. Lily Lolo Says:

    Hi Sophie, Candy Cane is our nearest match. Make sure to purchase a sample size first to make sure! LLx

  8. Aniri Says:

    Hi there,
    I currently use N3 creamy beige from L’Oreal true match minerals and looking something from Lily Lolo brand. I’m searching for the right shade for my skin. Can you help me? Thanks.

  9. Anna Says:

    Hey! I have used bm medium beige.. Dont know witch lily and lolo shade i will tryck.. Bought shade barley buff.. Its a little bit Lighter and little pinky? Is there another shade near bm medium beige?

  10. Lily Lolo Says:

    Hi Anna, Barely Buff is our nearest match, if you are finding it too pink (it is a neutral shade) you may want to go more peachy, would you say you have peach undertones to your skin? LLx

  11. Lily Lolo Says:

    Hello Aniri, looking at this shade I would say try Cookie and In the Buff, these both have a neutral undertone. We do sell sample sizes so always recommend purchasing those first before a full sized pot LLx

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