How to match your makeup to your skin tone. We’ve all seen someone wearing makeup that’s too dark for their skin. Their face is orange while the rest of their body is pale.
Or maybe you’ve spotted someone wearing foundation that’s a few shades too light, giving them a ghostly appearance.
Maybe you’ve committed these makeup atrocities yourself?
When trying to guess your perfect makeup shade, there’s a good chance your choice won’t be a solid match.
If you can’t seem to choose the right makeup for your skin tone, don’t fret.
Here’s 6 tips to help you out.
Determine your skin tone
Obviously, you need to know what your skin tone is before you start picking out your makeup products. Your skin tone is the natural colour of your complexion.
If you have fair skin: Chances are you’ve been described as having porcelain skin a time or two in your life.
If you have light skin: You are still pale, just not as much as your fair skinned friends.
If you have medium skin: You’re in the middle. Your skin tone isn’t super dark but isn’t super light either. It’s somewhere in between.
If you have a deep skin tone: Your complexion is dark.
Determine your undertone
Even though your skin tone is important when choosing the right products for you, it’s your undertone that plays a part in the makeup that works with your colouring. Your undertone is the colour that comes through the skin and affects the overall hue.
To assess your undertone:
Look at the inside of your arm: Look at your veins in your wrist. If they appear blue or purple, you’re cool-toned while green veins indicate warm-toned skin.
Hold a white sheet of paper next to your face: Placing something stark white next to your skin can help reveal your undertone. The white will create a cast of colour on your skin. If your face appears pink or blue, you’re cool-toned. If you look yellow, you’re warm. If you appear grey, you’re neutral.
Consider the colour of your favourite jewellery: Do you steer towards gold or silver? If gold compliments your skin tone best, you’re warm but if you look good in silver, you have cool-toned skin. If you’re a fan of both, you may have a neutral skin tone.
Find your foundation match
After determining your skin tone and undertone, you’re ready to choose your foundation. While choosing foundation, try to match your undertone. For example, if you have medium skin with a yellow skin tone, you need to choose a foundation with a hint of yellow in it, to match your skin’s undertone.
Some brands have shades like ‘cool sand’ or ‘warm honey’, which indicate the skin tones they are best suited for.
Find your concealer match
Despite what you’ve heard from your favourite bloggers, your concealer should be a close of a match to your skin as possible – not slightly lighter or darker.
To make things easier, choose a concealer from the same line as your foundation.
Choose colourless powder
If you don’t want to struggle with finding another product that matches your skin tone, you don’t have to. Instead of choosing a powder that matches your foundation and concealer, pick a translucent shade. The invisible powder can be used to set makeup of any shade.
Add colour to your lips and cheeks
Your face will look a little flat if you don’t add a touch of colour to your cheeks and lips. While your blush and lip color don’t need to match your skin tone exactly, they do need to compliment each other.
The best lip colours for cool undertones have blue or purple-shades undertones. Steer away from orange shades when choosing a red lip and veer more towards deep bluish reds.
The best lipsticks for warm undertones are colours in warm shades. Go for red or orange shades.
For neutral undertones, lip colour is a free-for-all. A wide range of colours tend to compliment your skin tone.
How to match your makeup to your skin tone