Chloe Morello's foundation matching trick is a serious game-changer

How to match your foundation correctly

Consider us schooled

Fact: Chloe Morello knows a thing or two about makeup. The Australian beauty guru has over 2.6 million YouTube subscribers and has pretty much made a vlog on *every* single makeup topic ever. 

And we are very grateful. Especially for her latest beauty video. 

In a recent tutorial, she discussed ‘unpopular makeup opinions’, where she dished out her thoughts on some of the most common makeup myths and misconceptions. And she gave us all possibly the most important heads up when it comes to matching your foundation to your skin tone.

The foundation matching method you’re probably most familiar with is swiping a few shades on your cheek and picking the one that is the closest match to your skin tone. But truth be told, sometimes you can’t help but think the colour you choose just isn’t quite perfection.

And there’s a good reason why. According to Chloe, you’re actually supposed to match your foundation to your chest and/or shoulders – NOT your complexion.

“Never match your face if your body and face are different colours,” Chloe says.

“Naturally, my face is a number of shades lighter than my body. It would look so weird if I matched my face, because my face would be NC15 and my body would be NC35.”

“So, I’ve always tried to match to my chest and my shoulders.”

Mind blown.

Chloe’s trick? “I always hold my shoulder up to my face and I check the foundation matches. I look at myself in the mirror and check that it matches my chest. So generally I’ll swipe some on my chest and swipe some on my shoulder. Even the back of my hand is a better indication for foundation for me than my face." 

Seeing as your face and body get exposed to different amounts of sunlight, and you probably exfoliate your face more often than your body – thus increasing cell turnover and revealing a fresh, lighter layer underneath, it actually makes SO much sense that they’re not the same shade.

Makeup legend Pat McGrath also stands by a similar trick, matching the colour of the foundation to the stomach to gauge the natural skin tone. Pretty nifty, huh?

Check out Chloe’s full makeup video below:

Now you have your perfect foundation shade, this trick will make your foundation look EVEN better.

How do you usually patch-test your foundation? Have you ever tried this trick? Let us know in the comment section below.

Main image credit: @chloemorello

Erin Docherty is a Contributing Beauty Writer for BEAUTYcrew. She has a keen interest in cosmeceutical skin care and is currently working on minimising her 9-step skin care routine – because ain’t nobody got time for that. When she’s not writing about the latest beauty news, or applying copious amounts of serum, you can find her spending all her money in Sephora.