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Look Fabulous Forever is a series by Tricia Cusden, Founder and MD of make up brand Look Fabulous Forever. In this series Tricia will be giving guidance and tips about make up and beauty.

How to choose the right makeup for your skin tone

One of the questions I get asked very frequently is "How do I choose the right makeup colours for my face?" which can be especially difficult if you are choosing from a website like where you can only decide by looking at photographs and videos. In fact it is quite easy to know which colours will suit you as long as you know whether the undertone of your skin is either cool (blue) or warm (yellow). This is true of all Caucasian (white) skins - so it's quite important to know which undertone you have as it affects the colours of the clothes you can wear.

Cool Toned Skin
If you have cool toned skin, you will have been analysed by a style and colour consultant as either 'summer' or 'winter'. This means that you can wear either paler or darker shades of pink, purple, cherry red, pure white, grey (and black) and cool blues and greens. When you wear these shades you will tend to look healthier and brighter as they will compliment the blue undertone of your skin.

Good makeup shades for you are:

Eye shadow colours for lid and socket area: dark and light grey, taupe, lavender and purple. 

Cheeks: blushers in a rosy (true) pink

Lips:lip colours in soft pale pinks, plummy shades for a mid-tone colour and cherry red for a more vibrant evening look.

Warm Toned Skin

If you have wam toned skin will have been analysed by a style and colour consultant as either 'spring' or 'autumn'. This means that you can wear either paler or darker shades of cream, beige, yellow, rust, brown, yellowish greens and warm blues. These shades will make you look your very best and will compliment the yellow undertone of your skin.

Good makeup shades for you are:  

Eye Shadows for lid and socket area: dark and light brown, soft and dark green, cream and taupe. 

Cheeks: blushers in a Peachy Pink but avoid anything too orangey or brown which can look harsh on an older face. 

Lip ColoursAvoid anything too pink and go for nudes, corals and browny-oranges for a more vibrant effect.

If you have no idea whether you are cool or warm toned you might be able to analyse yourself. Drape lots of different coloured scarves or tops around your neck and examine the effect in full daylight without any makeup on. A friend (or your partner) may be able to see better than you which colours really work best for you. Remember this is not about hair or eye colour but skin tone. I am cool toned and look really washed out in anything brown or rusty orange - but put something pink or purple near my face and I look instantly better.

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