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Vaarm aa Cool aa??

Skin tone!! That's what I am talking about. SO So many articles on 'how to choose foundation', 'what is the right foundation for you', 'what mistakes not to make while choosing foundation'. But before you can get into choosing the perfect foundation, you need to determine 2 things- skin tone and skin type.

This post will deal with skin tone and well it's mainly aimed to help the beauty illiterate and makeup amateurs (I was there once, So I can totally correlate). I'm not claiming to be an expert now, Hell no! But i have bee reading up A LOT on various aspects of beauty/ makeup and tons of videos and of course experimenting on my own poor face.

So here are the different skin types

ink (Light) - If you are very fair, burn before you tan, and your skin has pink or porcelain under tones you should choose pink.
Yellow (Light or Medium) - If you are Caucasian and have beige or yellow undertones you should choose Yellow. Asian or Light Mixed Race also fall into Yellow. Most Caucasian women fall into Yellow so if you are unsure select Yellow, like Lauren.
Olive (Medium) - If you are Mediterranean, Latino, a Fair-skinned African American, or dark mixed-race, then you should choose Olive.
Brown (Dark) - If you are African American, deep complexioned Indian or any other dark skin color then you should choose Brown.


And how you can determine your skin tone

Question:  Is your skin tone warm or cool?  Here are three ways to find out.
1.   Gently clean the face with a Cleanser.  Pat dry with a soft towel.  Do not rub.                                                                            
      Do not moisturize or use toner at this time.   
Wait 15 minutes.  Then look into a mirror, preferably a large one, where there is direct lighting (not florescent lighting).
Hold a piece of silver foil and a piece of gold foil, both approximately 3 x 5 inches in front of  your face.  The right color metal (foil) will bring a healthy glow to your skin.  The wrong color metal will make your skin look grayish.
If gold suits your skin, your skin tone is “warm” toned.  If silver suits your skin, your skin is “cool” toned.  If you wish, you can use a silver or gold blouse or piece of cloth in lieu of the foil.

2.   Hold a piece of white paper to your face, looking into the mirror.  Your face must be clean and free of all foundation.  Follow the above cleansing procedure.
If your skin looks yellow or golden, your skin tone is “warm”.  If your skin tone looks rosy-pink or bluish-red, your skin tone is “cool”.

3.    Another great way that is used by most professional make up artists is as follows:
Look behind the ear.  Pull the ear forward until you can see the skin in the little crease that is there.  Unless a self-tanning product is used there, it always will have either a pink or yellow undertone there.  Again – if it is yellow, your skin tone is “warm”.  If it is pink, your skin tone is “cool”.  It is hard to do this little trick on yourself, but you can always ask someone to help you with it.
Note:  Genes and gender play a major role in the type and tone of skin that we have.  Other dietary, experiential, environmental and physiological factors may impact the type, as well.  The tone will remain the same, although acne or skin discoloration due to pigmentation imbalances may “disguise” the tone.

Since I have no training or experience is cosmetology I have quoted from some simple websites for reference. I cannot claim to be an expert in the information given and so I have quoted the source as well. Next we'll look at skin type.

Hope this was useful to you because I found it useful.

miss kays