AlthoughÂ choosing the right foundation for our face is no rocket science,Â itÂ can stillÂ getÂ quite tricky.Â WhileÂ we always strive to pick the shade closest to our skintone, it is not always easy to do so andÂ the wrong shadeÂ can make us look completely faded, muddy or ashy.Â Â
Like for me,Â IÂ onlyÂ realisedÂ recently that I not only have to pick the right color for my complexion, but alsoÂ be able to identifyÂ my correctÂ skin undertone and choose the right shade to match it.Â
So what is skin undertone and how do we identify it?
From what I’ve read, this is the predominant color of our skinÂ when we’re are not wearing any makeup.Â Â Apparently,Â the color of ourÂ complexion may change due to environmental factors, but the undertone will always remain the same.Â And to find out what is our skin undertone, we should be looking at our skin color using natural lights, especially the inside of our forearm or wrist because those areas are least exposed to sunlight.
In terms of color of our complexion, the ranges are from fairly light, light, light medium, medium, medium deep to deep for those withÂ naturally dark colored complexions.Â But forÂ skin undertone, depending on which product you buy, you could be looking at three major undertones like warm, neutral orÂ coolÂ like what I’ve seen on the new pamphlet from L’Oreal on their True Match Foundation:
Warm skin undertone
You look best in gold jewelry, corals, browns and dark greens.Â
Neutral skin undertone
You look good in both silver and gold jewelry and most colors.
Cool skin undertone
You look best in silver jewelry, pinks, mauves and pastels.
Some companies even go a step further and add in shades like beige and golden for more specific definition while there are makeup experts who prefer to describe skin undertones inÂ the four seasons:Â winter, spring, summer and autumn.Â Wikipedia has an explanation onÂ skin tone color matchingÂ if you’re interested to read more.
Actually I was kind of surprised to learn that AsiansÂ fall into the cool or winter category because my impression is that we have yellow skinÂ and hence, a warm skin undertone.Â I suppose the said Asians here areÂ those with extremely fair and porcelain skintone as I am alsoÂ very fair butÂ I definitely look better with foundations of warm or golden undertones.Â
At the end of the day, we need some experimentation to find out what flatters us.Â Â While we can always relyÂ on the counter sales assistants to adviceÂ us,Â theirÂ judgements may not always be correct.Â Â Hence,Â knowing more in terms of our complexion and skin undertone is always useful.Â Afterall,Â we’re talking about our ownÂ faceÂ isn’t it?