How to Find the Perfect Makeup Shade

Finding the perfect makeup shade is not as difficult as we make it to be. Maybe it is the abundance of products on the market that dull and confuse the issue.

Here are a few tips on how avoid the clutter and find the perfect shade for you…

Why Makeup?
Why do you want to apply makeup? To cover blemishes, spots, wrinkles and to even out the skin tone, is the answer most women give. It is important for you to know that no one makeup will do all this and look natural. If you have red spots you are trying to hide, use a concealer (green) before applying makeup. This way the red will not be noticeable, and the layer of makeup can be thinner and more natural looking.
The same way, no makeup can cover all the wrinkles. Use products like fillers, to fill in deep creases before applying makeup.

Know Your Skin Type

There are four possible skin types: normal, oily, dry or a combination of the last two. To figure out once and for all what is your skin type do a simple test: After removing all the previous makeup with an oil-free product, rinse your face well with warm water. Pat dry and do not apply any products. After about an hour touch your face. Is it dry? Is it oily to the touch? If the skin feels dry in some areas and oily in others – you have a combination skin.

What Kind of Makeup?

What kind of makeup depends on your skin type. Use the foundation to supplement your skin. If your skin is oily, you should look at what a powder can do for you. Mineral based makeup can help fight oily skin as well. Liquids and creams will add moisture to the skin, and should be used by those who have dry or very dry skin. If you have a combination skin, you might find that using more than one makeup will work the best for you. Those with normal skin can use any product they are comfortable with.

Choosing the Right Make Up Shade

There are so many choices out there! So many shades for every skin tone, so many possibilities. And to confuse the issue even more, each cosmetics company has its own way of categorizing them.

Here are a few rules of thumb for choosing the right shade:

The oldest method is to look at the inside color of your wrists.

How do the veins look?

If your veins appear blue, your skin tone is from the yellow family, and you should look for a “cool” shade. If your veins appear green, you belong to the pink family and you should look for the ones which are called “warm”. Those shades can also be called “beige”, “buff” or “pink”. The yellow shades might carry names such as “golden”, “olive” or “rosy brown”.

Another method is to hold a piece of gold and silver fabric next to your wrist to see the reflection of the veins in them. If they have a blue tone next to the silver go for the cool shades, if it appears green next to the gold go for warm shades.

Now, by narrowing the field, you can concentrate on choosing the right one for you. The makeup should match your skin tone. Do not try to change the color of your skin with makeup. If you want a tanner look, use bronzers instead.

Test a small amount on your jawline and blend it into your neck, or put a dab on your wrist and blend it well. Does the patch stand out? It is the wrong shade. It should be noticeable only in close inspection.

This is a bit tricky if you try to buy makeup in a store that doesn’t let you try the makeup on your skin.
As a smart shopper you know that the makeup shade in the bottle does not reflect correctly the result it will have on your face. Many cosmetics companies offer a tester for the shades. In the big stores, they will happily do it for you. If you are going that route, make sure you go to the counter with clean and moisturized face and nothing else.

If you can, exit the store to look at the results in daylight. You can always come back later if the store doesn’t allow it. It is especially important if you are buying makeup you plan to wear during the day.

There, it isn’t that hard, is it?