Choosing the right makeup is not as simple as selecting the nearest product. It’s a lot more complicated than that, and there’s some things you need to consider before you buy any product.
First, you need to understand your skin type. You need to figure out if your skin is oily, dry, combination, sensitive or normal. The type of skin you have determines your usual skincare routine. If you have oily skin, you look for products suited to oily skin. Similarly, some makeup products are formulated for specific skin types. Other makeup is suitable for all skin types, but it may not interact with your skin the same way as it would with another skin type.
Once you know your skin type, you need to find your skin tone. Skin tone is different from skin color. Skin tone is referring to the tone under your skin. One of the easiest ways to do this is to wear a white shirt in natural light, and look at your skin. If it seems to be more yellow-red then you have warm skin undertones, or if it seems more blue-pink then you have cool skin undertones. You also need to asses your skin color and decide which of the four main categories you fall into – fair, medium, olive or dark. You probably won’t fit exactly into a category, and you are more likely to fall somewhere in between, but knowing your tone and color is how you determine which color palette will suit you best.
You need to choose what finish you want your foundation to have – matte, radiant or natural. You should keep in mind that you may need to change the shade of your foundation for summer if your skin color changes and tans over the summer months.You can test the foundation out on your jawline and just under your cheekbone. Keep in mind that if you have cool undertones then a foundation designed for cool tones will suit you better than one designed for warm tones.
When you’re looking at eye color, you do need to take your skin color, skin tone and eye color
into account. Warm skin tones can work really well with greens, brown, golds, and pinks, while cool tones can be complemented with blues, plums, and grays. Although, the rules about skin tone are definitely relaxed when it comes to eye makeup, so you can experiment. You can find eyeshadow palettes on sites like Shopaganza so you have plenty of color options to play with.
When you’re choosing your blush, you still need to take your skin tone into account. The wrong blush color can end up looking streaky, unblended, and honestly, a little like clown makeup. If you have dark skin with cool tones, try plum shades, but if you have warm tones, go for bronze and orange toned blush. If you have olive skin, try browns and coppers. If you have medium skin, try apricots, corals, or peaches. Fair skin with warm tones can try out beige and tawny colors, but fair skin with cool tones should try pinks and rose.
If you’re looking for a new lipstick, then the same rules apply. You can find lipsticks for your specific skin tone, or you can experiment with different colors. Warm skin tones will look amazing with reds, browns and champagnes, while cool tones can go for purples, roses, and pinks. The lipstick color you choose will not only depend on your skin tone, but on when and where you want to wear it. You can wear a much bolder color when you’re going out at night, compared to the color you would choose for going to work.