July 19, 2012

Must Know Beauty Tip: Matching Undertones, Formulas & Skin Types

Posted by roseannetangrs in Awesome Findings | Tips!

Hey Everyone!

Matching undertones, textures and complexions ought to be one of the most important things you need to know. If you want to match your skintone successfully or get the right shade of lipstick, you’ll have to be able to match your undertone, to avoid looking like a cakey mess, you’ll have to match textures and to keep yourself from piling up the make-up, you’ll have to match complexions. But if all this sounds pretty foreign to you, then fear not, this will sure to have you looking flawless and gorgeous in no time.

Matching Undertones:

If you’ve just started make-up, you’re probably wondering what an undertone is. It’s the base color that not only your skin has, but also every make-up product that has color, that’s right. You are either a “warm” undertone with a neutral or yellow base or a “cool” undertone with a pink or blue base. Similarly, make-up products have warm and cool tones. The objective is to match your skin undertone with the undertone of the make-up product. How do you know what undertone you are? Simply flip your arm over and observe your veins. Are they blue or green? If they are blue, you are a cool undertone. If they are green, you are a warm undertone. How do you know what undertone a make-up product is? If you do not match undertones for example you wear a cool based bb cream when you are a warm undertone, you will end up looking white and ashy. Also just forget those bubblegum pink lips. Not a good look. So to get a good look girl, you gotta match your undertones.

Matching Formulas:

You got to admit, there are so many different types of formulas out there. There’s cream foundations, liquid foundations and powder foundations. Similarly, there are so many cream concealers, liquid concealers and powder concealers. The trick to getting a flawless face here is that you must match formulas. For example, if you are using a liquid foundation, you cannot apply a powder concealer on top of it. You will end up looking like a cakey mess after a long day, or even before it even ends. You should instead use a liquid concealer after your liquid foundation. However, if you don’t have one, you can always apply the make-up product before your powder or convert your liquid foundation into a powder first and then apply a powder concealer. Bottom line is if you are going to pile a makeup product on top of another makeup product, they must match.

Matching Skin Types

I naturally have a combination/oily face (look forward to my Must-Know Beauty Tip on Skin Types soon!) and I remember back in first year uni when I wanted to be totally matte and I mean totally matte. I bought mattifying powders and I carried blotting sheets like no other. Thankfully, it’s like I live an opposite life now and I reckon that it’s really best to actually embrace our skin types and match them accordingly. If you’re a little oily, just live a little and stop packing on your powders so you look matte. To be honest, you never can really be matte if you have oily skin. I’m sorry, just bring a few blotters around and thank God for your skin because you have it. So therefore match your skin types with the make-up products you go for and embrace your glow!

So there we have it, matching undertones, formulas and skin types isn’t too hard but it’s key to achieving a flawless face!

Hope this helps!

Love,
Roseanne

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