Choosing the right color foundation, CC cream or BB cream to match your skin tones can be tricky. Your skin tone is perfect the way it is! It is also truly unique. But let's face it, our skin tone changes color all throughout the year. And we can all look better with some color correction magic. So selecting the right foundation, CC Cream or BB cream color is the key. Depending on your skin tones, you might need to consider different colors for the different seasons. It can also help to use two different colors and blend them on the top of your hand to get a nice color balance to match your exact skin tones from time to time. This is something we often do in the in-between seasons of fall and spring. And blending is key. Don't be shy to blend two different colors together to get a good match. Also, another handy trick is to use two different colors on your face, to accentuate your faces natural contours. For example a lighter shade around the eyes, bridge of the nose and chin can give you a great fresh look. In winter our skin tones are a lot lighter than in the peak summer months. In the summer for example your skin may tan easily and you can go up several color shades from say 'beige' to 'sunkissed'. You can again re-evaluate your foundation in the winter when you see your skin tones change from say 'sunkissed' back to 'light light beige' even, to make sure you still have a good color match for your foundation. You can even (as we have done) have 4 different colors of foundation - 1 for summer, 1 for fall, 1 for winter and 1 for spring. We've designed this super easy selfie skin tone chart to understand color selection to make selecting the right shade for your skin tones easy peasy
We've designed this super easy selfie skin tone chart to understand color selection to make selecting the right shade for your skin tones easy peasy!
We now have 40+ colors to choose from!
HOW TO TEST FOUNDATION, CC CREAM, BB CREAM or TINTED SUNSCREEN COLOR PROPERLY?
Once you’ve chosen a foundation to test, place a teeny tiny small dab of foundation on your right cheekbone, the right side of your nose, and on the right side of your jawline and smooth gently using your finger tips or your favorite foundation brush, gently coloring just the right side of your face. Then, take a peek in the mirror and see how the color looks in the natural light on the right side of your face. Look and compare to the left side of your face, the natural side. You'll know that you've selected the right foundation color if the foundation has gently blended into your skin natural tones and isn't too obvious from the left side of your face.
Ok, so in order to get your foundation color, tinted serum or CC cream just right it helps to understand your skins real undertones. Your undertone is the underlying shade of your skin. Skin undertones fall into 4 groups:
- WARM yellow or golden – light and medium skin tones
- COOL pink or red – light and medium skin tones
- OLIVE medium tan or brown skin with yellow and golden undertones with a slight green color – medium and medium-deep skin tones
- NEUTRAL balanced coloring with no obvious pink/re (cool) or yellow/golden (warm) tones – light and medium skin tones
In fact, your skins undertone has nothing to do with how light or dark your skin is. Consider your undertone first, rather than matching your foundation to your skin color at the moment. Look at your face, neck, and chest in the natural daylight. Then, read the following descriptions and select the one below that sounds just like you!
NEUTRAL FACIAL SKIN UNDERTONES
Neutral skin tones are a beautiful balance of cool and warm with no obvious undertones of pink, olive, or yellow. If you have this skin tone you may have noticed that you are able to wear many foundation shades in a specific shade range.
Your skin shade is very light to a deep coffee or chocolate with no specifically distinguishing pink, red, golden, or honey hues to your skin. It’s exactly how it sounds, perfectly neutral.
You look amazing wearing muted shades of baby pink, rose, ruby, jade, mint, grey, taupe, pink, beige and lavender.
Check the underside of your wrists your skin has a balance of golden and pink with no obvious undertones and your veins appear both blue and green
The wrong foundation will look too white, ashy, or pink.
You have grey, blue, hazel, or brown eyes.
You have light to medium ash blonde or brown hair.
When you get in the sun you may or may not burn first and then tan.
Choose foundations that look balanced or are very subtly leaning towards golden tones. Stay away from any bright yellow/golden foundations, cool pinks, and reds.
Cool undertones in the skin have a beautiful pink, red and may even have subtle hints of blue.
Your skin shade is very light with hues of pink to medium tan if you are on the lighter end of the spectrum. If your skin tone falls towards the deeper end of the spectrum, you could characterize your coloring as coffee or chocolate with varying degrees of cream. No one would ever say that your skin has a “golden” or “honey” glow to it.
You look amazing wearing jewel-toned clothing in fuchsia, rosy pink, violet, emerald green, sapphire blue, aqua coloring, as well as grey and black clothing.
Check the underside of your wrists your skin has red or pink hues and the veins on your wrists are mostly blue and purple.
The wrong foundation will look too orange.
You have blue, green, grey, or brown eyes.
You have light to medium ash blonde or light to medium ash brown hair, neutral brown or black hair.
When you get in the sun: If you are at the lighter end of the spectrum, you burn first and then tan (maybe).
Choose foundations with cool undertones and stay away from anything that looks golden.
WARM FACIAL SKIN UNDERTONES
Warm undertones in facial skin has a beautiful golden, peachy or honey glow.
Your skin shade is very light with hues of peach to golden beige if you are on the lighter end of the spectrum. If your skin tone falls towards the deeper end of the spectrum, you could characterize your coloring as honey or golden. No one would ever say that your skin has a “pink” or “red” hue.
You look amazing wearing earthy brown, olive green, orangey-red, burnt orange, mustard yellow, brown, coral, cream, ivory, and peach clothing.
Check the underside of your wrists to see that your skin has peachy, yellow or golden hues and the veins on your wrists are greener.
The wrong foundation will look too pink, red, or ruddy.
You have blue, brown, hazel, or olive green eyes.
You have golden blonde, brown or black hair.
When you get in the sun you tan easily and don’t burn very often.
Choose foundations with yellow or golden undertones.
OLIVE FACIAL SKIN UNDERTONES
Olive skin tones are comprised of a variation of two undertones, yellow undertones or green undertones. This beautiful combo generally comes off as a muted bronze with subtle hints of green coolness.
Your skin shade is very light to medium tan bronze that could be mistaken for a classic “cool”. However, the “olive” skin tone is a slight deviation from the classic “cool” due to the subtle green hue that gives you that gorgeous cool bronze tone.
You look amazing wearing almost anything! But you look especially brilliant in light pink, light apricot, plum, emerald green, olive green, turquoise, faded blue, denim blue, marine blue, and golden yellow colors.
Check the underside of your wrists your skin has a muted golden hue and the veins on your wrists are more green than blue.
The wrong foundation will look too white, ashy, or pink.
You have green, hazel, amber, or brown eyes.
You have blonde, red, brown, dark brown or black hair.
When you get in the sun you tan very easily.
Choose foundations that look balanced or are very subtly leaning towards golden with a slightly olive green hue. Stay away from any bright yellow/golden foundations, cool pinks, and reds.