Makeup

How to choose colors for your skin tone

Tone
It’s not so much about the color, but about the tone of the color. There is a red lipstick out there for every skin tone. For example, tones that have more of a blue base tend to work best with fair or light skin tones. As we move toward darker skin tones, we look for a warmer red. Reds that lean toward burgundy or Bordeaux look best on women with medium-dark to dark skin. So there’s a color tone out there for everyone. Skin tone is generally broken down into four categories: fair, light, medium and dark. From there you can go into sub-categories and sub-sub-categories. But to keep it simple, focus on the basic four.
Hair and Eye
Also keep in mind hair and eye color. It’s something to keep in mind when choosing color. For example, girls with fair skin tone tend to have a lot of pink or red in their skin. You have to pick something to offset that color. Let’s say you have more pink in your skin tone — then you want something warmer, with maybe a golden undertone versus a very bright pink, rather than choosing a tone that magnifies the redness and pink in the skin. There are no rules. Rather, there are suggestive things. It’s all about your attitude and how you feel best.
Color
Play with colors. This is where there are so many options. One example is gray. Certain grays can be neutral, while others are considered a bold color. Same with yellow. Would a woman with fair skin and blond hair wear a bold marigold yellow? Probably not. She would pick something a little bit softer, with a champagne tone. Now; someone with medium skin tone could rock a very bright, bold yellow. However, don’t put too many parameters on it. If you over-categorize this, you almost lose the thing that makes makeup fun, which is playing with colors.
Eye liner
Experiment with inexpensive liners. There are several things you can do. If you have fair skin, start with colors that are softer and build up to bold colors. Also, start with one area of your face. Perhaps it’s eyeliner or maybe something for your lips. Women with deeper skin tones have more options to explore deeper, richer colors like rust, orangey gold or even true gold. Also, it’s fortunate that we have drugstores where time to get up and create you can get budget-friendly brands. So now you know how to get yourself ready for whatever color, skin or tone you have.

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