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Make Up Colors To Match Your Skin Tone: Infographic

Make Up Colors To Match Your Skin Tone: Infographic



MakeupForSkinToneIf someone asked you what your skin tone is, would you be able to give them an answer with absolute certainty? If you’re like most people, you have difficulty arriving at a solid conclusion. Before you can choose the makeup that flatters you the most and brings out your best features, you need to learn the answer to this question.

Fortunately, it isn’t as difficult as it may seem. Review the following information to determine your skin tone:

  • First, determine your skin’s undertone. That is the cool, neutral or warm hue that is beneath the surface color or complexion of your skin and shows through. Whereas your skin’s surface color may change with the sun, acne, rosacea or other factors, your undertone is consistent. 
  • If your response to the sun is easy tanning with little or no burning, your undertone is most likely yellow-to-olive and warm.
  • If you burn easily and tan minimally, you probably have a cooler ruddy, bluish-red or pink undertone. Cool to neutral tones look best on this type of skin.
  • If your skin is olive, it may have an ashen or gray undertone and will look best with neutral tones. Cool colors make this skin tone look drab and dull.
  • Your skin is neutral if you have no overtones that are sallow, olive or pink. People with this skin tone have the easiest time finding compatible foundation and makeup shades.
  • If you want a quick skin tone test, look at the veins on the inside of your wrist. If they are bluish or purple, you are in the cooler/bluish tones; if they look green, you are in the warm tone-yellowish group. If your skin is neutral, you will have difficulty detecting any color in those veins.
  • Do you prefer gold or silver jewelry? If gold looks best on you, chances are good that you have warm undertones. If silver is more flattering, your tones are probably cool.
  • Another test you can perform on yourself is to hold a white piece of paper up to your face. Look in a mirror to see how your skin looks in contrast to the paper. Is it more of a gray color, a yellowish hue, blue-red or rosy? If it is yellowish, your skin tone is warm. Your skin tone is cool if it appears rosy, bluish-red or pink. If it looks gray, you probably have olive skin with a neutral undertone. If you cannot see any yellow, pink or olive, you have a neutral undertone.


Best Makeup For Fair Skin

Is your skin of a light, alabaster hue? If so, you will look best in soft pink, tawny and beige. Be sure to stay away from frosty finishes and reddish-orange colors as they tend to make your skin look washed out.


Make up For Medium Skin

If you’re too dark to be fair or light but your skin does not fall into the olive category, you are considered to have a medium tone. Use the undertone tests that we have described above to determine whether you are cool, warm or neutral. Once you are armed with that information, you can choose a compatible foundation with ease. Also use your undertones to pick the best blush. Cool undertones call for a rosy color, while warm ones demand apricot or peach. For your eyes, bronze or honey might be just the thing. Medium tone lips can carry off virtually any color, but you should still remember your undertones. Cool look best with pink and warm with a beige-nude hue.


Colors That Complement Tan Skin

If your skin is infused with that sunny glow, you do not need to weigh your look down with a great deal of oppressive makeup. Instead, allow your already present glow to shine through. For many people with tan skin tones, a bit of bronzer can even out and warm the look. Tangerine colors are often flattering as well. Your look can further be enhanced with a bright lipstick that will nicely show off the beautiful glow of your sun-kissed skin. Just be sure not to choose hues that are too orange.


The Best Make up Colors for Deep and Dark Skin Tones

For women of color with dark skin tones, the challenge can be even more difficult. The sad reality is that there are fewer choices on the market, even today. Women with darker skin also tend to have a more uneven skin tone that is lighter in the center of the face and darker under the cheekbones and around the hairline. You can combat this by using makeup of two different colors, one that matches your skin tone and another that is just a little bit darker.

Of course, these are only suggestions. In the end, you will be the best judge of what you like on your own face. If it seems right, complements your eyes, cheeks and lips and makes you feel like the star you are, you can rest assured that you have made the perfect makeup choice.

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