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Finding the perfect make up shades can sometimes seem like an endless battle. Getting it wrong and your skin can end up looking tired and washed out. But once you’ve found your skin undertones, choosing the best beauty products becomes so much easier. You will be able to easily score the perfect red lipstick and find foundations that blend flawlessly once you discover if you have warm, neutral or cool undertones.

The first step I understanding that our skin’s surface is the color you would describe yourself as having(dark, light, medium, tan, ivory) Your undertone is the hint of color that peeks through your skin, and it can seriously affect your skin’s overall shade. It’s important to know the difference between the color of the outer layer of skin and the tones beneath the surface. Mixing the two up is a common mistake that can instantly make your make up look off. You can have the same skin color as someone, but different undertone.

When you are shopping for foundation don’t try to match the colors on the surface, instead refer to your undertones. Once you know which category you fall into, you’ll be able to use make up to compliment your complexion. To really get the perfect match, it critical to try foundation on in daylight. That way you don’t get any distortion from fluorescent lighting that changes the way you look. You have to find a foundation color that mimics the warmth or coolness of your skin tone.

There are a few tricks you can use to discover what undertone category you fall into. The most popular method is checking the veins on the inside of your wrists. If they appear to be blue, pink, red you’re in the cool range. Green veins will put you on the warm spectrum. And if you feel like you cannot decipher whether they are blue or green (blueish/green), you’re in the neutral family ( a mix of warm and cool undertones)

Neutral undertones

People with neutral undertones can easily wear more than one shade. Both light and dark complexions should stick with colors that aren’t too drastically on the red or yellow spectrum. When it comes to lipsticks the options are endless. Don’t be afraid to experiment. Your neutral tones allow you to easily flow between blue or orange based tubes.

Warm undertones

Warm complexions can have a surface color that is slightly different from your true undertones. The warmer foundations (peach, yellow, or golden undertones) will balance out any excessive redness. If you have a lot of redness on your skin’s surface, try a color corrector first. Green or yellow color concealers will fix red splotches on the face. Follow up with a layer of foundation that matches your undertones for the perfect look. Orange based lipsticks will always be a hit with the warm undertones.

One big misconception is that pale girls can’t be warm toned. In fact, many fair- skinned women have warm undertone (Nicole Kidman is one of them) and a dark – skinned women have cool tone (Supermodel Alek Wek is a cool tone)

 

Cool undertones

Some people with cooler skin have pink surface tones. This primarily shows through the T-zone areas of the face. You’ll need to shop for a foundation that can balance out your complexion. You don’t want to pit foundation that’s too pink. You’re going to want to warm it up a little bit, so it needs to be a nice mixture of ivory foundation with slightly bit of yellow in it. The yellow will help minimize the red surface tones. If you are looking for the perfect red lipstick, blue based hues will complement your cool undertones.