Choosing Makeup Shades That Work With Your Skin Tone

Laura Tolentino

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We’ve all witnessed makeup that appears so perfect it seems tailor-made, as its shades work seamlessly with our skin tones and bring out our best features.

Start by finding a foundation shade that complements your natural undertone. Warm complexions should opt for foundation with yellow undertones while those with cool complexions should seek one with pink hues.


Finding the ideal shade of foundation is crucial when creating a flawless complexion, as selecting an incorrect hue can cause your face to look heavy, cakey and unnatural. Luckily, foundation shade offerings have come a long way over the years and most makeup brands now provide an extensive range of shades that suit all skin tones; yet this can still be confusing for many women.

To find your ideal match, it’s important to consider both your skin tone and its undertone. While skin tone refers to how light or dark your complexion is, its undertone refers to how the natural hue of skin below its surface changes depending on whether it is warm, cool or neutral.

Once you know your tone and undertone, use this information to narrow down your foundation shade selections. If you have a cool undertone, shades with rose, red or blue bases might work best; warm tones should consider golden or yellow-based hues instead. And finally, neutral undertones might prefer shades such as cocoa, nude or ivory for optimal results.

Test out your shade on your neck and jawline. This will ensure that it fits both your face and neck perfectly. Avoid testing on the back of your hand or arm as these don’t accurately reflect what you will appear like in real life. It is also crucial to locate natural lighting as artificial lights can alter skin tones significantly.

Before applying your foundation shade, it may be beneficial to ‘warm up’ your face with bronzer. This will enable you to assess if it is too light for you, or warmer than your natural skin tone. Don’t be scared to experiment with darker hues as these will help conceal dark spots and cover unevenness more effectively.

Utilized effectively, these tips should help you quickly select an ideal foundation shade to complement your complexion. If additional assistance is necessary, visit a makeup store with multiple shades available as well as speaking to a beauty professional for guidance.


Blushes are an ideal way to add both color and definition to your face, particularly those with fair skin. Not only can they produce a natural-looking flush of color that can also be built up for more dramatic looks; there is an assortment of shades and finishes available making it easy to find something suitable to your skin tone and personal style – they can be applied using makeup brushes in order to highlight, contour and define cheekbones for an aesthetically balanced facial structure.

Cote and Merinsky recommend choosing between powder, cream and gel formulas when selecting products for oily skin types; these varying textures work great for all skin types. Matte or shimmery finishes offer beautiful blending in, with shimmery options adding light into your complexion for added enhancement.

If you have very pale skin, opt for pale pink and lilac shades as they will provide a beautiful wash of color without overwhelming your tone. Or try peach hues like Maybelline Face Studio Master Glaze Blush Stick in Coral Sheen for universally flattering effects that work with most complexions.

For darker skin tones, warm colors with orange undertones such as soft apricot or burnt orange may work best – such as soft apricot or burnt orange shades will help define and contour your face while adding depth and dimension. Cool and neutral lipstick shades may work with these hues; if your lip color contains olive hues it would be wiser to opt for cooler blushers in order to maintain balance and prevent clashing between hues.

Blush can be worn alone or combined with other beauty products like concealer to achieve different looks, though we recommend layering it over foundation or tinted moisturizer to create an even and smooth canvas for your makeup and keep it lasting all day long.


Bronzer is the go-to product for creating that vibrant beach look, according to Henney. “Bronzer helps add natural warmth without appearing fake,” and unlike blush, doesn’t feature unnatural pink or red hues that might clash with certain complexions – instead it comes in golden orange or yellow-toned warm brown hues that complement any complexion.

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Vanngo advises choosing a bronzer shade that complements your skin tone; fair complexioned individuals should select a lighter tone with neutral undertones and subtle warming hints, while medium to dark complexioned people can opt for something warmer with more orange tones, according to her experience. She suggests using a fluffy makeup brush in order to achieve even application of bronzer and avoid patchy or uneven patches on application.

Henney recommends tapping it lightly onto the back of your hand first to determine how dark to apply it, then apply to areas of your face where natural sunlight shines such as temples and forehead, along bridge of nose or eyelids for added luminosity and luminescence.

Vanngo recommends applying bronzer to your jawline, under your cheekbones, nose, neck and shoulders in order to achieve a more defined or contoured look. She suggests blending well around these areas so as not to create an unattractive mask-like appearance.

As a beginner to contouring, it can be easy to overdo your bronzer application. “Applying too much product can lead to a very flat look,” according to Henney. To avoid this mistake, Henney suggests starting small and gradually building up to desired intensity layers by layer. A high quality makeup brush should also be utilized during this step in order to avoid patchy applications and ensure even coverage.


Eyeshadow is a versatile makeup shade that can enhance your eyes in multiple ways. It can brighten them, add depth and dimension, highlight areas around them, define eye shape and complement other makeup applications. Eyeshadow adds drama whether you prefer bold smoky eye looks or more subdued styles; though individual preference will dictate which shades work best; there are certain products which have become beauty staples that work for most people.

Start off right with a quality eyeshadow palette and top-of-the-line makeup brushes. Brushes make all the difference when it comes to applying eyeshadow successfully; soft and easy-to-use ones provide precise coverage while synthetic fiber-free models prevent eye irritation.

A palette will typically contain eyeshadows of various shades from light to dark and matte and shimmer finishes, offering you plenty of options when selecting your custom collection. Choose just one grouping or select various hues and finishes to build up a collection that perfectly reflects you!

When selecting your palette, be sure to pick one with colors that you plan on using often – this will ensure that you won’t end up accumulating too many shades that won’t get much use from you.

Even though it may seem obvious, always begin by selecting the deepest shade in your palette first. This will enable you to set off lighter tones more effectively while preventing unnecessary over-application.

Consider investing in some high-quality brushes instead of trying to apply eyeshadow with your fingers; natural oils on fingers can leave behind sticky residue, altering how the eyeshadow applies and even leading to uneven applications. Makeup brushes offer clean, hygienic application. A high-quality set of professional makeup brushes may cost slightly more, but will be well worth your while for eye makeup applications.