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Makeup on Different Skin Colours – Choosing Your Colours

Makeup on Different Skin Colours – Choosing Your Colours

The point of wearing make up is to accentuate certain features and create different looks and styles. It allows for individuality and creativity with your appearance.

When choosing colors to express yourself, the possibilities are endless. When choosing colors, you should consider your skin tone (and eye color) as this will affect the colors that you should go with.

Skin Tones

Generally, there are 4 different skin tone categories that people fall into – Fair, Fair/Medium, Medium, and Dark. Each of these 4 skin tones also has a different undertone.

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To help determine your undertone, look at the inside of your wrist. You can usually tell what undertone you have in your skin as this area does not see much sun, and therefore shows your base color.

When choosing makeup, it’s important to look at the undertone in the product. Most make up products have pink undertones, which can make it difficult for people with other undertones to choose the right makeup for them.

When you go to the store to buy foundation, try a little bit on the inside of your wrist, or on your jawline – make sure that the foundation blends in, because you don’t want to be going around with a noticeable line where your foundation ends. Keep in mind that foundations ALWAYS look darker in the bottles than they will once you put them on.

The powder that you use on your face should be similar in tone to your foundation.

Hide the dark circles under your eyes with a concealer. The color of those dark circles is going to determine the type of concealer you’re going to choose – if the circles are more in the blue tonal range, you’ll want a yellow concealer; if the circles are redder, then you should try a concealer with a bit of green in it. If, however, the circles are browner than any other color, you’ll want a blueish concealer. If your circles are puffy, then try a concealer that is a little bit darker than your foundation, but if they are recessed, try a concealer a little bit lighter than your foundation.

The colors you choose to wear on your eyes, cheeks, and lips will make a big difference in how you look every day – but make sure you choose colors that look good with your skin tones.


Fair-skinned people look great in pastels, especially colors with pinks or peaches in them, as it compliments your skin color as well as warming it a little bit. Other pastels usually look good on fair-skinned people, as well as neutral browns of all shades. Sheer lipsticks are a great finishing touch.


People with a Fair-Medium skin tone should avoid makeup with a brown or yellow tone to avoid washing out their features. Blues, reds, and purples look great on people with yellow skin tones. Try something with a bit of pink or peach in it.


Medium skin tones look great with neutral shades, darker purples, and blues, as well as lighter pinks, golds, and apricots. When using blush, avoiding anything really light. A really true red won’t look good with your skin tone, but a red with a bit of purple or brown in it will look quite stunning.


Dark skin tones look great with rusts, berries, and burnt orange colors, as well as almost any shade of pink, green or blue. Neutral shades also work great to compliment your natural coloring. Keep in mind that you will need more pigment on what you buy. Avoid anything with an orange tone to it.

When choosing colors, be sure to match them to your skin tone and designer dress. The last thing you want is to appear washed out. The more complimenting the colors, the more compliments you’ll receive!