What’s Your Colour
Picking the right Colour for your skin tone
Determining the perfect color for your foundation can be daunting, but finding the right color is key in concealing blemishes and creating a smooth overall complexion. Follow these tips to find the perfect match for you and your clients.
What is undertone?
To find your perfect match, you must first identify your skin undertone. Undertone is the color of one’s natural skin pigment and does not change, only the value of light to dark may change over time or with sun exposure. One can have a warm, neutral or cool undertone. These undertones appear in skin colors listed below:
* Warm (Golden Collection) – you have a golden or olive glow to your skin.
Celebrity Example: Julia Roberts, Cameron Diaz, Jennifer Lopez
* Neutral (Natural Collection) – a delicate peach lightens your complexion.
Celebrity Example: Reese Witherspoon, Gwyneth Paltrow, Madonna
* Cool (Beige Collection) – a rosy pink brightens through your skin.
Celebrity Example: Nicole Kidman, Cate Blanchett, Taylor Swift
* Deep (Honey, Terracotta, Earth) – you have a honey or red/brown richness to your skin.
Celebrity Example: Halle Berry, Tyra Banks, Oprah Winfrey
How to determine your undertone
Look at the inside area of your forearm. Do you see yellow, olive, peach or pink? This is a good indicator of what your true undertone is. If you need more help determining your undertone, hold your arm over to a white sheet of paper; the white paper provides a canvas that can brighten your undertone making it easier for you to identify. This will help you determine whether you have a warm, neutral or cool undertone.
What is skin value/intensity?
Skin value is how light or dark a skin color is, and depending on age or exposure to the sun, one may appear darker or lighter. Once you have determined your correct undertone, adjust the value of the shade by using a lighter or darker color to match your skin.
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