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Makeup Monday: What's Your Skin Tone?

by 2 April 21, 2014

Drugstore cosmetics sections have come a long way over the years: these days, most brands group their various products according to skin tone, making it far easier to choose a foundation, powder, and other products to match your skin. To take advantage of this brilliant marketing ploy, (and to look your best in less-than-the-best makeup), you should know what your skin tone is before you hit up the Walgreen's makeup aisle. Read on to see what group your skin falls in, and which makeup shades are most complementary.

Basically, skin tone – also known as “undertone” – is measured on a spectrum between warm and cool.

[caption id="attachment_7088" align="aligncenter" width="700"]I really love the simplicity of this chart from lorealusa.com. I really love the simplicity of this chart from lorealusa.com.[/caption]

 Let me share the trick I've learned from my experiences at Sephora and multiple department store counters:

To determine your skin tone, check out the color of the veins in your wrist. If they look blue under your skin, your skin tone is cool; if the veins look more green-y, you have a warm skin tone. It's that simple.

[caption id="attachment_7087" align="aligncenter" width="700"]Another really wonderful (and helpful!) undertone spectrum. This one's from deckout.com. Another really wonderful (and helpful!) undertone spectrum. This one's from deckout.com.[/caption]

 Another simple test is the jewelry test. Do you prefer the look of silver on your skin to that of gold? Then you're most likely rocking a cool skin tone. If gold looks better on you, then you have a warm undertone.

If you can easily wear either metal, congratulations – you most likely have a blissfully neutral skin tone.

Now that you know your specific skin tone, let's talk about makeup shades that are right for you.

Cool-Toned:

Choose foundations that have pink undertones to avoid looking orange.

[caption id="attachment_7090" align="aligncenter" width="700"]skintone_coolpowders i just luvv the truematch brand by loreal. get it here.[/caption]

Try a rosy shade for your blush to really make your skin glow.

[caption id="attachment_7091" align="aligncenter" width="700"]this gorgeous palette is Physician's Formula's Pink Blush. get it here. this gorgeous palette is Physician's Formula's Rose Blush. get it here.[/caption]

Use lip colors with blue bases, like rich reds and plums.

[caption id="attachment_7093" align="aligncenter" width="580"]grab this beautiful wine lipstick from revlon.com. grab this beautiful wine lipstick from revlon.com.[/caption]

Warm-Toned:

Your foundation should have a yellow tone to it.

[caption id="attachment_7089" align="aligncenter" width="700"]skintone_warmpowders wonderful warm shades! again from loreal truematch. [/caption]

Pick a blush in a bright poppy shade to give skin a boost.

[caption id="attachment_7092" align="aligncenter" width="700"]this blush is also by Physician's Formula; the shade is called Warm. this blush is also by Physician's Formula; the shade is called Warm.[/caption]

Go with an orangey-red lipstick or gloss to best showcase that warm undertone.

[caption id="attachment_7094" align="aligncenter" width="387"]this peppy lipstick is also from revlon. the shade is Siren and it's also available on revlon.com. this peppy lipstick is also from revlon. the shade is Siren and it's also available on revlon.com.[/caption]

Neutral-Toned:

Have fun, you lucky luvvy. My neutral-toned girls can pretty much pull off most makeup shades. If a product makes you look like an Oompa Loompa, go with something cooler. But if your makeup is leaving your skin looking dull or ashen, you need something warmer, with more yellow in it.

Tip: If you're having trouble deciding between two shades, opt for the lighter one. You can always compensate with a blush or bronzer, but a too-dark foundation/ powder will leave you looking dirty like Pigpen.

 Happy shade hunting, luvvies. I hope you all had a wonderful Easter! Now go put on some lipstick (that correctly matches your skin tone)!

katie-sig



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