Last January, I did this blog post “I’m a Woman of Color, I Can’t Find my Right Tone.” This post spoke about women of color (Hispanic, African American, Indian, and Asian) who have mostly yellow undertones or hues; however, some of these women do have reddish undertones. I know it can be confusing, and a pain in the butt trying to find the right color for your skintone, and the product that works well for you, especially since you’re probably spending a lot of money on these products. In this post, I’m going to list a few of the ways to make it easier for you to choose the right colors for your skintone.
Let’s start with what the N, C and W means that you usually see on most MAC foundations.
If you’re lucky, some cosmetics companies started to create comparison charts to make it easier for you to match.
N = Neutral – best for Beige skin
C = Cool – best for Yellow-Golden or “olive” skin
W = Warm – best for Pinkish skin
NC = Neutral Cool – Golden beige skin
NW = Neutral Warm – Pink Beige skin
What do the numbers mean?
The numbers usually mean the depth of the color. For instance, the lowest number is for people who have paler skintones, while the highest number is for people with darker skintones.
It seems cheaper to use drugstore brands, but at the end of the day it isn’t when you’re constantly spending money on the wrong shades! It’s always best to go to a makeup counter or store & have a professional help you. I know you’re probably thinking, “Well, sometimes even they don’t pick the right shade for me.” That’s why it’s good to be an educated consumer. It won’t hurt you to speak up for yourself, and state what you do know about foundations, and what you know doesn’t already work for you.
Make sure you test three (3) different shades within the same color range for your complexion, from lightest to darkest, and test them out next to each other on your jawline to find the best possible match.
No one has perfectly even skin. You may find yourself using more than one color. Most people are lighter in the center of their face & darker on the outer parts.
For reference purposes these are the colors I use in different foundations:
MAC – Studio Finish NC45/NC50- Face & Body C7
Graftobian HD Creme Foundation – Midnight Marigold & Diva
Make Up For Ever – #127 (center of face) & #128 Mixed w/ 127) HD, Face & Body Caramel #18
Face Atelier Ultra Pro – #10 & 11
I hope this was helpful. Next post will be on choosing the right concealer/corrector.
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Makeup by Kim Porter