Skip reading this if you already know well yourself, your habits, and your style. For some others, this is a conquest to find out. Making things easier, perhaps you should follow this step based on findings:
Your Undertone, Skin Tone and Complexion
Our undertone is our actual colour of the veins differentiate from green, blue, and purple. Your skin tone is the amount of skin pigment in the uppermost layer of our skin and is split into warm, neutral, and cool skin tone. Meanwhile, skin complexion is the shade of your skin from dark, medium, and light. It is a lot to study for just finding out the natural chrome of our skin. But, once you finalise with all this chromatic quest, your life will be a lot simpler in deciding products you want to keep sustainably.
So here is the simple chart to visualize the hue that is naturally brought out from our veins (undertone) up to the pigment level (skin tone) and disclosed through skin colour (complexion):
Why are these chromes of the skin important?
This question depends on who you ask. If you cannot live without a colour-palette series in day to day routine, you need to understand this basic chromatic skin chart. So, you will find less stress to touch up your face to match with your outfits of the day.
For example, if your skin tone is cool (pinkish), you are more likely with a light complexion. Someone with this light complexion is good to go with pastel and dusty colours palettes.
If you are having a warm (orangish) skin tone and dark (tan) complexion, sparkle and sheen colours palettes are a great option to radiate your skin.
Meanwhile, the neutral and medium skin hue is most likely have a wider opportunity to play on colours option.
Talking about the importance, the undertone is not significantly playing a part here. Let’s just say that the undertone is just a basic knowledge of how our natural skin tone is developed under the layers of skin. In the end, what is important is how this base-tone colour might affect the colour selection to compliment the skin complexion. This skin complexion is visible to our naked eyes which makes us dearly put other people’s opinion above what we might think of ourself. I believe that whatever colour we choose to wear on our face affects both our inner energy and surroundings.
If anyone ever asks me: “what colour do I put on my face?”, I would answer it: “I prefer a bare natural and fresh look for my daily face”. The only colour I would like to put is under my eyes. My everyday’s favourite eyeliner colour is vivid blue. My preference is to let my pores breathe well and maintaining healthy glowing skin every single day for sustainable beauty. Because to age beautifully counts on the daily routine with the correct skincare. And for this purpose, I wear MAGNIFYING ELIXIR twice daily for my routine. I trust and swear this Super Serum works overtime to help with my dry and aging skin.
And, since colour has a vital role in finding your unique style, next is to find:
Your Favorite Colour Tone
The idea is to select one colour and move its shades from the brightest to the darkest. Let’s say you like the red colour. Red alone comes in varieties of tone, saturation, lightness, and intensity. By knowing these colour shades, it makes life easier to create and emboss your style.
Having the colour knowledge though, your personal preferences are more important than what any colour chart suggests. If there is one colour that is considered to be outside of your palette zone, yet gives you a good vibe and mood, just roll in it! I believe that we should wear whatever comforting us and makes us happy. In any meaning, colour is there for us to have fun with.
What the Science of Colours Teach us
Makeups and Skincare are cousins and both are under the Cosmetics category. Makeups heavily play with colourant and Skincare products offer to soothe the skin with nutrients such as antioxidant and vitamins. Though, there are some fusion products as well where it combines both functions into a beauty product or a line of cosmetics products.
Yet, most of the time, skincare is worn to protect the underlayer skin to smooth the next application of coloured makeups. Having smooth and supple skin makes it so much easier when applying any makeup on top of the skin. However, a movement of bare beauty skin gains more attention lately in contrast to the saying that ‘it takes makeups to look natural’.
In reality, only the correct skincare can make the natural look without makeups. Activist celebrities, such as Alicia Keys have gone makeup-free. The power of the correct skincare can help you ditch out unnecessary products with ease.
At the end of the day, knowing your ‘base tone’ colour can help you to:
Declutter current coloured products.
Avoid purchasing unnecessary coloured cosmetics.
Wide-open your eyes that any beauty products that come in colour are for attracting the eye only and not necessarily promoting healthier skin. Purchase wisely, focus on the complete list of ingredients, not only ‘key ingredients’.
Play with the colours on your daily outfits instead of turning your face as a canvas, unless your professional work requires you to layer your face, then it is another game to play.
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WRITTEN BY: Frida Pigny
Photo Credit: Artem Podrez