Foundations are incredibly personal. This is your base. This is the canvas for anything else you do with your face. If the base is wrong, all the blush, contouring, illuminating and highlighting in the world is not going to fix it. So get your base right first – make sure to match the colour to your skin – not so much the skin on your face as this is where the product will cover, as the skin on your neck and shoulders. You may have a wonderful tan everywhere else but use an SPF foundation or moisturiser that means your face never changes or changes very little. This, sadly, means that if you wear makeup all the time you may need a different colour foundation from summer to winter or you could look super orange or sickly pale half the year around.
If your makeup artist has put a colour on you that you don’t like or you have your own product you’d prefer to use – speak up! If you feel that it’s too orange or too pale, make sure you say so at the trial. If you intend to get a fake tan before your wedding/event, make sure you let your artist know that the colour you are in the trial may not be the colour on the day. And if you have sensitive skin or an area that you want to cover up in particular let your artist know. Better to say what you want before your day than to feel miserable or dissatisfied with the job you have paid for.
Keep in mind that your foundation is not meant to make you look tanned – if the rest of your body doesn’t look tanned then neither should your face – foundation is meant to blend in not change the colour of your skin. It should make your face into a flawless (or near as possible) canvas to then bring out your beautiful features with other products.