Finding the right colour of make up can be difficult but it is just as important as wearing the right colour of clothing. Make up is designed to hide imperfections and enhance your features, but if you wear the wrong colours, it can look as though you are wearing a mask. The right colours will harmonise with your hair, skin and eye colours and will make you look fresh and alert with a healthy glow. Read below to find out the colours that will suit your skin tone.
Foundation and Powder
Foundation has it's name because it is the base for the rest of your makeup to be applied to. If you get this wrong, it won't matter what you do to the rest of your face, your makeup will look unnatural.
If you have been analysed as a Summer or a Winter, you have a cool skin tone so should look for a foundation and powder with a pink or blue undertone and stay away from yellow toned foundations. If you are a Spring or an Autumn, you have a warm skin tone so the reverse applies. For those of you that have a neutral undertone, you should look for neutral bases that are not too yellow and not too pink (see below).
MAC Foundations: MAC understand about different skin tones and have usefully given a code to some of their foundations and powders to indicate the warmth and depth of each shade. Each shade’s name is a combination of letters followed by numbers (i.e.: NC 35 or NW 15). The shades range in depth from 15 (very pale) to 55 (very dark). The C, NC, N, NW or W distinguish between different skin tones.
Here is a breakdown of the codes that MAC use:
C - Cool
NC - Neutral Cool
N - Neutral
NW - Neutral Warm
W - Warm
N.B. To confuse matters, MAC use the makeup artists colour wheel which is the reverse of the colour analysis colour wheel, so they see warm colours as the pink and blue tones and cool colours as the yellow based shades. As a result, warm skins should look for the codes C and NC in their MAC foundations and cool skin tones should look for the codes W and NC. Neutral skin tones should find the best match between NC, N and NW. To clarify:
Summers and Winters - W and NW MAC foundations
Autumns and Springs - C and NC MAC foundations
Neutral Skin Tones - NC, N and NW MAC foundations
To make it easier, think of each shade as being named with either the cool or warm shade that would neutralise and balance out your skin tone.
To see these shades, click here MAC Foundations
Again, warm skins should look for warm colours, cool skins should look for cool shades. To enhance your cheekbones and add some colour to your cheeks, here are some typical colours you’ll see when shopping for blush and their corresponding undertones:
Cool Blush: Plum, mauve, burgundy, wine, dusty rose and berry.
Warm Blush: Coral, bronze, mocha, beige, copper, tawny and toast.
MAC Powder Blush Colours by Season
Autumn: Pinch O' Peach, Sincere, Melba, Peachtwist, Margin, Sunbasque, Honour, Coppertone and Raizin.
Spring: Peaches, Gingerly, My Highland Honey, Springsheen, Style and Trace Gold.
Summer: Pink Swoon, Well Dressed, Breath of Plum, Plum Foolery, Mocha, Loverush, Desert Rose and Cubic.
Winter: Her Blooming Cheek, Fleur Power, Dollymix, Frankly Scarlet, Breezy, Format and Fever.
To see these shades, click here MAC Blush
Warm skin tones look best with creams, bronzes, browns and soft greens. Cooler skin tones, on the other hand, look best in silvers and greys, pale blues, purples and dark greens.
MAC Eyeshadow Colours by Season
Autumn: Nylon, Orb, Jest, Goldmine, Samoa Silk, Arena, Red Brick, Shroom, Brule, Tete-a-Tint, Grain, All That Glitters, Honey Lust, Mythology, Woodwinked, Patina, Era, Texture, Lucky Green, Cork, Coppering, Swiss Chocolate, Sumptuous Olive, Mulch, Browndown, Corduroy, Greensmoke, Club, Embark, Brun, Humid and Plumage
Spring: Vanilla, Bisque, Ricepaper, Orange, Gorgeous Gold, Amber LIghts, Rule, Sunny Spot, Soba, Bitter, Juxt, Romp, Bronze, Swimming, Espresso, Aquadisiac, Shimmermoss and Humid.
Summer: Phloof, Yogurt, Sweet Lust, Vapour, Girlie, Malt, Seedy Pearl, Crystal, Sushi Flower, Digit, Expensive Pink, Copperplate, Electra, Beautiful Iris, Quarry, Haux, Shale, Idol Eyes, Blackberry, Handwritten, Coquette, Antiqued, Folie, Scene, Concrete, Mystery and Print.
Winter: Pink Freeze, Free to Be, Passionate, Crystal Avalanche, Filament, Da Bling, Swish, Star Violet, Stars and Rockets, Electra, Plum Dressing, Creme de Violet, Vibrant Grape, Silver Ring, Satin Taupe, Trax, Cranberry, Moon's Reflection, Hepcat, Satellite Dreams, Steamy, Sketch, Parfait Amour, Twinks, Purple Haze, Nocturnelle, Prussian, Smut, Winkle, Knight Divine, Tilt, Typographic, Beauty Marked, Atlantic Blue, Shadowy Lady, Freshwater, Contrast, DeepTruth, Nehru, Electric Eel, Black Tied and Carbon.
To see these shades, click here MAC Eyeshadows
Autumn: Cut a Caper, Bronze Shimmer, Cherish, Half 'n' Half, Plastique, Siss, Jist, Lady Bug, Charismatic, Fresh Brew, Honeyflower, On Hold, Frenzy, Twig, Chilli, Touch, Strength, Fetish, Fresh Moroccan, Retro, Spice is Nice, Shag, Chintz, Dare You, Polished Up, Spice It Up, Paramount and Deepest Wish.
Spring: Plink!, Costa Chic, Vegas Volt, Morange, Lady Danger, Meltdown, Ravishing, Creme d'Nude, Spirit, Cockney, Mocha, So Chaud, Fanfare, Crosswires, Twig, Brave Red, Touch and Stay in Touch.
Summer: Politely Pink, Snob, Angel, Ramblin Rose, Saint Germain, Myth, Honeylove, Please Me, Blankety, High Strung, Creme de la Femme, Creme Cup, Pink Plaid, Pervette, Speed Dial, High Tea, Pretty Please, Hue, Cosmo, Hot Gossip, Frou, Sequin, Brave, Lame, Chic, Syrup, Midimauve, Rue d'Bois, Sophisto, Gleam, Captive, Amorous, Capricious, Party Line and Fluid.
Winter: Lovelorn, Pink Nouveau, Chatterbox, Impassioned, Lustering, Bombshell, Girl About Town, Speak Louder, Full Fuchsia, Going Dutch, Russian Red, Lickable, Milan Mode, Sweetie, Up the Amp, Craving, Ruby Woo, Brick-O-La, Plum Dandy, Ramblas Red, Sophisto, MAC Red, New York Apple, London Life, Plumful, Dubonnet, Baby's on Fire, Party Line, Odyssey, Dark Side, Snazzy, Rebel, Media, Diva and Cyber.
To see these shades on the MAC website, click here MAC Lipsticks
If you are unsure which skintone or season you are, book a colour consultation with Perfecting You to find out. For more information, click here.