First You need to know your intensity level
1- Light / Very Fair
4- Medium / Deep
6- Very Deep
Skin has even toned neutral cast and it is not so pink or gold
Skin has a rosy cast and burns easily when exposed to sun
Skin has a golden or olive cast and burns easily when exposed to sun
|Stands for:||Cool||Neutral Cool||Neutral||Warm||Neutral |
|Match for||Yellow-Golden Olive Skin||Golden Beige Skin||Beige Skin|| |
|Pink Beige Skin|
The first step in selecting your shade is to simply look at your skin, without makeup, in daylight. If your skin looks more Yellow/Golden Olive or Golden Beige, you match with Neutral Cool or “NC” shades. If your skin is a neutral beige, you will match with the Neutral or “N” shades. If your skin looks more Pink Beige, you match with Neutral Warm or “NW” shades. This might seem backwards since usually we think of pinkish skin tones as cool and yellowish skin tones as warm
By looking at your skin in daylight, most skin tones will fall into either the NC or NW classifications. However, if you are still not certain which classification is right for you, looking at the undertones in your skin will help. To determine what your undertones are, take a look at the underside of your forearm. If your vein looks more blue, then you most likely have pinkish undertones. If your vein looks more greenish, then you have more yellow or golden undertones. If at all possible, it is highly recommended to match your skin tone in person at make up Counters
Finding the “right” colour is something very subjective. It is a good idea to choose the shade in person by visiting a Make UP counter if at all possible.
When choosing a foundation shade, you will want to make sure you use the skin near your jaw line or neck area as your criteria for determining your match. This helps to ensure flawless blending and to avoid ending up with a face that’s too light or too dark that doesn’t match the rest of your skin! If you simply try to match the skin tone on your forehead or cheeks, you will often end up with a shade that looks to dark compared to the rest of you. It is much better to choose the shade that matches your jaw line/neckline, and then to use a Bronzer or Skin finish to highlight or add “sun” to your face, if desired. (Also, when it comes to actual makeup application, be sure to blend foundations and powders around the jaw line and into the neckline.)
With concealers, it is possible you may want to try a concealer with a slight tint to it. This will help cover up dark undereye circles or reddish imperfections.
Slightly yellowish tones will help to cancel out and cover up dark purplish/blueish undereye circles. (Or just selecting a concealer that is a few shades lighter than your regular foundation will also work well for diminishing undereye circles.)
Slightly greenish toned concealers will help to cancel out any reddish tones in your skin caused by acne, or other skin conditions.
If you have a significant undertone to your skin, you may choose to play it up or play it down by trying a shade that includes or excludes your undertones.
Often, people will wear a couple different shades throughout the year because skin shade and tone can change according to the season, physical well being and general lighting.