When you have pale skin, the first thing you need to know when buying your base makeup; foundation & concealer. Is what undertone you are. When you know this, it makes foundation shopping a whole lot less painful! Now I know this blog is designed for us pale princesses, but I am going to cover everything about other skin tones too!
When you are determining your skin tone, you need to figure out two things; the surface colour of your skin & your undertones.
The surface of your skin is the colour which you see firstly when you look in the mirror. And it is split into these categories:
- Fair – you very pale & burn easily
- Light – you have light generally light-coloured skin, but you have more yellow or beige undertones than fair skin.
- Medium– Your skin is a more medium colour, with potential olive undertones.
- Dark– You have dark skin & /or a deep complexion.
What is an Undertone?
Undertone is a term used for the colour underneath your skin. While the surface colour may change in the summer & winter, the undertone stays the same. This means that when you are foundation shopping, you should look at foundations made directly for your undertone.
How to Determine Your Skin Tone
- Check your veins – Blueish purple means your undertone is on the cool side. Greenish means warm. And if you cannot determine between both, it means your neutral.
- Do you tan or burn? If you tan easily it normally means your warm-toned, while those who burn like me are usually cool. But this doesn’t mean that cool cannot tan, it just means that you have to be more careful with your exposure!
- What colour are your eyes? Usually, those with blue eyes are warm toned. Those with deep brown, dark blue, hazel & grey are cool toned.
What to keep in mind when trying out foundations
- Warm foundation shades are labelled beige, golden, tan, caramel, & chestnut.
- Cool foundation shades are often labelled porcelain, rose, sable, cocoa.
- Neutral foundation shades are often labelled ivory, buff, nude, & praline.
So please comment and tell me if this post is helpful! And remember, this is only a guideline & I would always test out three different shades on my skin before purchasing! Yes it is time consuming, but its always worth it!