Is it time for you to have a makeup makeover? If so, the first place you need to start is with your colors! While there are tons and tons of exciting colors out there for you to choose from, the trick to great makeup is choosing colors that work with your skin.
But what is your skin color? And what makeup colors will match your skin? Will you ever figure it out? Don’t worry! Here are some expert tips from the makeup pros to help you navigate the confusing world of makeup colors and skin tone. Good luck, and happy experimenting!
Step 1: determine your skin tone
The easiest way to figure out what your skin tone is is to pinch the skin under your arm. You pinch here because it doesn’t get too much sun, and so you can see what your natural skin color really is. Once you’ve pinched, look at the colors. Is the tone pinkish-blue, peachy, yellowish, reddish-orange, or reddish-blue? Look carefully. Once you’ve decided what the skin tone is, you can start choosing makeup colors.
Step 2: choose your foundation, your powder, and your blush
When you are choosing your foundation, powder, and blush, you want to match your skin tone as much as you possibly can. This is so that you don’t look fake and like you’ve painted on your face!
If you want an easy way to choose your foundation, try out L’Oreal’s True Match system. This makeup is engineered to match your skin tone, and you can choose from cool, neutral, and warm. Then they tell you which blush and even which eye makeup colors will work best for you! This is the way to go if you don’t want to spend tons of money on really expensive department store makeup.
No matter which brand of foundation, powder, and blush you choose, remember this: the more natural, the better. You don’t want to look like a doll or a clown!
Step 2: have fun with your colors!
There are four color families when it comes to makeup.
Coral: orange colors, with a little bit of red.
Rosy: red pinks to cherry pinks.
Violet: any purples that have blue in them.
Earthy: yellows, browns, bronzes, and amber colors
If you want a natural look, then you should choose colors that have the same colors as your skin. So if you have reddish skin, go with rosy. Cool skin? Violet.
If you want a really out there look, go with colors that contrast with your natural coloring. If your skin is pinky, go for blue instead! Or you can try out brown. Or if you are more reddish, try out a nice green eyeshadow.
Step 3: application tips
Choose just one feature that you want to highlight, and emphasize that. So if you have dramatic eyes, go easy on the lips. Otherwise you’ll be way overboard!
When putting on eye makeup, start out by putting a base color all over your eye. Choose something like white, bone, or toast. It needs to blend in with your skin color.
Next, go for the color. If you want to enhance the color of your eyes, go for neutral. Blue eyes? Gray, heather, or taupe works. Green? Camel, heather, or taupe. Brown? Sable or mocha.
If you’re looking for eye liner, your best bet is darker colors. If you don’t want the darkness of black, try out charcoal, navy, or mahogany.
And what about mascara? Go for black. Unless…you are really fair. Then black mascara is going to stand out way too much. If you have light skin, light hair, and light eyelashes, then brown mascara is the way to go.