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How-To: suss out your skintone to match your makeup
Fri, 19 August 2011 5:04PM
Ever wondered why your best friend can rock gold nail polish like it’s nobodies business, but on you, it only leaves your skin looking washed out? It all gets down to your skintone, Primpettes. And once you have it nutted out, it makes deciding on makeup and hair colour choices, a piece of cake.
The Vein Test
Trying to work out your skintone by comparing it against a white or yellow piece of paper are a little too subjective. In my opinion, the easiest test by far is the vein test. All you need to do is head outside in the natural light and look at the colour of the veins on your inner wrist. If they’ve got a green-tint, your skin is warm, or if they’re more blue, consider it cool.
Random, but great tip: The same applies for jewellery: if your skintone is warm, gold is the way to go, while silver pops on cool skintones.
So, now that you have your skintone sorted, you can work out what colours suit you best. Here’s a little guide for you to keep in mind.
The Eyes: Stick with earthy tones, like gold, copper, bronze, taupe, brown, coffee, caramel and chocolate for the eyes.
The Cheeks: Avoid straight up pink powders and cremes and opt for almond or honey-hued bronzers, or a coral number instead.
The Eyes: You guessed it, you want to steer clear of the warm tones like the ones listed above and opt for icy shadows, like soft blues and silver as well as purple shades, like mauve, lavender and plum. You can also dabble in a little green, but stick to emerald tones, not flat bottle green.
The Cheeks: Pink all the way. Take baby steps with a soft number, or try blending a warmer pink with a peach for a fresh twist.
Tell me Primpettes,
Do you know your skintone?
Have you tried the vein test?
Have you got any other tips for working out your skintone?
Do you play by the colour rules, or are you confident that you can pull off any colour?
Posted by: Eliza Ashe