How To Colour Match Your Skin Tone

This is a question I am often asked so I wanted to compile a blog post full of helpful tips to help you find your perfect foundation colour match. Shade matching has to be one of, if not the most important skills of a true makeup artist. Yes we all like to look a little warmer or paler at times, but to understand your true shade also helps you understanding what other colours compliment you. Β The problem is, not everyone has access to a makeup artist, so I hope these tips help navigate you to finding your true match.

How To Colour Match Your Skin Tone

Your first clue is actually in the colour of your veins and this is how to find your undertone. Most people tend to lean wither warmer, cooler or neutral in skin tone. Clench your fist a few times, and study the colour of your veins around your wrists. If your veins are blue in colour then you are cooler in tone, if your veins appear greener then you are warm toned, and if you see both you are more neutral.

Every brand is different and many use a letter or number code within their shades, so don’t be afraid to ask when you’re at a particular brands counter if they have their own way of coding foundations into warm, cool and neutral. This makes it easier to eliminate several shades straight away so you have less to choose from, making it that little bit easier and less overwhelming.

How To Colour Match Your Skin Tone

Next look at the packaging, most foundation packaging uses a frosted glass or a tube in which you can’t see the shade, so start with applying a few to the back of your hand, then choose three that you think look closest to your skin tone. These are the three you want to apply to your jaw line. Take a hand mirror and make sure you access the colours in natural light as well as at the counter. Which ever one blends in seamlessly is your true match.

From there its easier to go warmer or paler depending on your preference as I recommend going no more than two shades lighter or darker than your true match in order to keep it believable. It’s also worth remembering that if you do like to make your complexion a little warmer or paler then don’t forget to apply it your neck, ears and any other skin on show. You want to achieve a uniform look that looks like its really your skin. Finding your true match helps your customise but you have to find your true match before you can do that.

5 Tips For The perfect Match

1. Β Make sure your skin is completely clean before applying foundation, do not apply on top of foundation you’re already wearing.

2. Check in a mix of lights, natural light does mean walking outside and checking in day light, trust me you don’t want any surprises.

3. If you are unsure about it matching your face and body, try on the foundation then lean your face onto your shoulder by turning to the side, and place your chin onto your shoulder to check the face and body match up.

4. If in doubt, see if you can get a sample of the foundation you want to try and test it out for a week or so to ensure you have the correct colour. Ask your friends if they think it looks right too.

5. Don’t forget as the seasons change and you are exposed to a warmer or cooler climate your skin tone may also change and you need to adjust your foundation shade accordingly. For more tips on foundation read this post.

Photos By Kayla Varley For End Paper. Makeup By Me.