How many times have you bought a foundation thinking it matched your skin and you get home and try it expecting flawless results, then it turns a funny color on you?
Color Theory for Foundations or should I say Skin Tone Color Theory is quite different then color theory for eyeshadow, lipstick, and blush! Learning how to tell whether you are a Warm Cool or Neutral, will save you a lot of frustration & money when buying a foundation. Learning to detect the skin tone of others will greatly improve your makeup application skills if you are an aspiring Makeup Artist!
*Your skin's undertone is the background color of your skin no matter how light or dark your skin is you have an undertone. Our undertones give us that glow in our skin.
When doing this type of color theory, it can be hard for some to see there undertones as they may only be prominent while you have a tan or the absence of one
Sometimes it is so hard to figure out if you are a cool,warm or neutral skin tone! Our undertones can be affected by season, diet, medication, hormonal changes, and chronological aging. It is very easy to walk up to the makeup counter and pick your color range or intensity but picking wether your a warm or a cool is different
The best thing to do is to get matched at a makeup counter
Bring a compact mirror with you that day and walk outside and look at how the color they picked settled on your skin before you buy it! You can challenge the beauty advisor nicely, if you don't think it matches tell her lets try again.
You can do a stripe test after you have decided on a color range take a foundation color from the warm and the cool and stripe each shade on your jaw line one color will disappear into the skin the other color will stand out.
Then have that foundation applied or put it on your face yourself and walk outside in the daylight! The sun is a truth teller it will never lie to you it's true light so you will be able to see what your foundation really looks like
Cool Foundations are Blue Red
That doesn't mean you are Red or Blue if your a Cool but these colors are apart of your skin tone which is Pink/ Red /Rosy under tones Most cool skin tones get sun burn You look better in white rather then a cream color shirt You may also prefer yourself in silver or platinum jewelry You can sometimes see blue veins on your inner wrist
Warm Foundations are Yellow Red
It doesn't mean your skin is Yellow or Red but you have these colors in your skin
You have Olive, Honey, Golden, undertones
You probably tan easily if your a warm skintone You look best in a cream colored shirt verses a white one You may find Gold Jewelry compliments your skin tone better than silver or platinum
Now there's also Neutral skin tones which means you have a nice blend of all of the colors it's not a hopeless search for foundation you can find good Neutral shades at MAC and Graftobian. There are lots makeup brands that sell Neutral foundations but they can turn a grayish color, MAC and Graftobian are foundations that I know for certain are true to color. *The best way to figure out your a Neutral is if your foundation always turns on you like after having a foundation on for some length of time it turns Yellow Pink or Orange
*Warning if you are shopping MAC foundations they do the opposite of most makeup lines with there foundations there Cool Tone foundations are Yellow based and there Warm Tone Foundations are Red. If you are familiar with MAC products you may know the foundations aren't named they have letters and numbers MAC Foundation Labeling
NC= Neutral Cool (Neutral/Yellow tones) NW= Neutral Warm ( Neutral/Pink tones) N = Neutral ( Biege tones ranging from light to dark) C =Cool (very yellow)