Little do some people know how hard it is to find the right foundation shade when you’re blessed with naturally maiden-fair skin. Often even lighter tones can be too dark, and spending an eternity blending out can leave you with a ‘makeup mask’ look that simply doesn’t do justice to that beautiful ivory tone.
So, here are some hints and tricks that we found on how to find out your exact skin tone and how to choose the right products to show it off to its very best ability…
Find out your undertones
What does this mean? Well, on the surface, your skin tone is visibly light, but beneath the surface lies a subtle hue of one of the following:
Cool: Pink, red, or blue undertones
Warm: Yellow, peach or golden undertones
Neutral: A balance between both cool and warm
Try these three simple tests (from Makeup.com) to find out your undertones:
The White vs Cream Test:
Grab two articles of clothing (or even a towel) – one white and the other off-white. While wearing NO makeup, decide which colour complements your skin tone best? If it’s the pure-white shade, your undertones are warm. If the cream colour suits you more (because the white washes you out), then you have cool undertones. If both flatter you just the same, you’re neutral!
The Vein Test:
Look at the veins on your wrists. If they’re green, then you have warm undertones. If your veins are blue, then you have cool undertones. Do you have both colours or do they appear to be blue-green? Then you have neutral undertones.
Still not sure? Here’s one more for good measure!
The Jewellery Test:
If gold jewellery enhances your complexion, then you’re likely on the warmer side, if silver jewellery looks best on your skin tone, then you have cool undertones.
Choosing the right blusher
If you have naturally pale skin, you’ll want to go easy on the blusher if you’re to avoid a clown-like look. Ideal hues for those with paler skin tones include soft pink, peach or coral — more specifically, warm skin tones look best in peach and coral while cool tones look best in rosy pinks and light mauves.
And what about choosing the right eyeshadow shades?
If you have warm undertones (check the tests at the start of the article), it’s best to stick with bronze and earthy colours on your eyes, while cool undertones look perfect in jewel-tones and grey or metallic shades. Forget attempting to use only neutrals, they’ll simply blend right into your skin tone!
Good luck beauties.