Confessions of a Make up Blogger – Part 2 : The mystery of my skin undertone
Writing this blog has been a major learning experience for me. I confess that my technique and my knowledge has widely improved because of it. Nevertheless, there was a time when I was total rookie. (Sometimes I feel that I still am, there is so much to learn..)
And I have made some major bloopers, like:
For the longest time I thought my skin had a warm undertone, and neutral at best.
Coz my veins appear green, both yellow and pink look equally good, both gold and silver rock on me, though white does look better than cream (in which I look like I have got jaundice).
Confused to the core I picked warm and explained the pink ruddiness in my cheeks as high hemoglobin levels.
That dictated my entire make up choices – but none of the lipsticks (corals, beiges, brownish pinks, peaches, browns) I would choose looked good on me. They all made me look muddy at best, washed out and dead at their worst.
Until one day by some divine intervention I applied a cool toned fuchsia pink to my lips, and lo and behold – My face lit up, skin looked clearer. That is when it struck me – I have a cool undertone.
I analyzed my nail paint choices and realized that browns, peaches and warm reds did my hands no favours. But bring out a cool dark blue, or a fuchsia pink or cool toned red my manicure looked perfect.
And that also explained why bronzers looked so horrible on me. I would look like I was sunburnt – because they would all be warm toned. I envied those who could carry it off and wondered what the fuss was all about.
But when I got Colorbar’s Plum Brown Blush (Plum is a cool color) – it looked like the perfect bronzer on my skin. I looked sunkissed and glowed.
I think I made this mistake – because as Indians have a yellow (warm) overtone to our skin – thanks to our genetics (Asians are often known as yellow skins) as well as the sun, I think all women have some vestiges of sun tan, and therefore melanin on the skin – which makes it look slightly yellow.
I have, btw, grey green eyes and dark brown hair – all pointers of cool skin , as I leant much later
Btw, this is just my theory, not validated by any expert.
Now I just need to figure out what to do with all that warm toned make up I have.
What is your skin undertone? And how did you figure it out?