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How to Find The Right Makeup For Your Skin Tone?

Always start with the basics. What’s your skin tone? What’s your undertone? And figure out the difference between the two. If you don’t know the answer to these questions, then you've been using the wrong makeup products all your life. And, this is probably hindering your natural beauty too. Here, we decode the basics to let you get your hands on the right makeup products suiting your skin tone.

Skin Tone Vs Undertone 

The skin tone is what you match your foundation shade with. It is the natural colour of your skin that is visible on the surface. On the other hand, the Indian undertone is usually yellow or olive. When you look at your skin, you should see your undertone, which is green or yellow.

How you can determine your skin tone

Skin tones are usually classified from very light skin to dark. Very light skin tones will be on the pinkish undertone. Indian undertones are mostly olive or gold-yellowish. The most common way of determining your skin tone is by applying foundation. If the foundation blends well into the skin, then it is the shade for your skin. It could vary from light to medium, medium to dark, or dark to rich. For instance, if you are between shades off-white to porcelain, then you are in the light skin category. If you fall between beige and honey, you have medium skin tone, and between warm honey to warm almond, you are in the dusky to deep skin tone category.

You must understand that the skin tone can keep changing with the change in geographical location, and exposure to the sun. If you are outdoors for long, your skin tone will be on the darker side. But, your undertone will remain the same and can never change.

How to determine your undertones

Finding your undertone requires a keen eye. If your skin looks golden-yellowish, you have yellow undertones. Sometimes, you find your skin looking ashy green. This concludes that you have an olive undertone. If you experience your skin being slightly pink, then you have pink undertones. The only way to figure out your undertone is to do it by yourself.

How to find the right foundation for your skin tones

  1. First, of first, the foundation you choose should always be yellow-tone based.
  2. One should never try the foundation on the hand as the skin shade is different from that of the face.
  3. Select a few shades, and then try it on the side of your face or on your forehead to determine the right match. Pick the one that blends, seamlessly.
  4. If your foundation looks too gray, it is too light. If the foundation looks muddy on your skin, it is too dark.
  5. You can apply the foundation on your jawline to compare it to the neck, as it must look flawless.
  6. You should also apply foundation on the forehead as sometimes women have more colour on their forehead and chin than the rest of the face.
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