Selecting makeup requires you to take your skin tone into close consideration. Pick the right makeup colors for your skin tone with help from a professional hair and makeup artist in this free video clip.
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Hi, my name's Hilda Levierge and I'm a professional makeup artist. Today, I'm going to show you how to choose the right makeup colors for your skin tone. So when you're choosing a foundation that's going to match your skin tone, there's a couple things that you want to keep in mind. You want to make sure that you pick a foundation that's just going to disappear into your skin and not change the color. You don't want anything that's too dark or too light. Makeup should never look like a mask, it's meant to even out your skin tone. So the best way to do that is to pick three shades that are similar to your skin tone and just put them along your jaw line. And the color that disappears is the one that's meant for you. Okay, so we're going to go ahead and choose three shades that are close to Allie's skin tone and see which one works. So just go along your jaw and just do a swatch. So as you can see, that one's way too dark. That's a little too dark also, and our third one will hopefully be a match, yep, and that one just melts into her skin. Now, a lot of times, you'll be in between two shades and then you can just buy both of the shades and mix them and then you'll have a darker one on hand for the summer months when you have a little bit more color to your skin. Okay, so now that we've found the perfect match, I'm going to go ahead and apply it. So today, on Allie, I'm going to be using the Maybelline Fit Me Foundation in Porcelain. Now, when you're applying a liquid foundation like this, there's a couple different ways that you can do it. I'm going to use a foundation brush, but you can also use a sponge, or your finger tips. You just want to do a really nice, light coat that's just going to even out your skin tone. You don't want to create a big mask on your face. I like to just work it in with my finger tips as well. At home it's nice to even just use your finger tips. It really blends in well. This is a nice foundation because it's very moisturizing, it's a good liquid, it's got an SPF of 18, so it's really a triple threat. You've got your moisturizing, your coverage and also your sun protection. Kind of take the excess foundation that's on your brush or your finger tip or sponge, and just blend down the jaw, just turn this way for me, just down the jaw, into your neck, so that you don't have any harsh line there. That's something that you really want to avoid, even into your hairline, and this ear right there. Foundation should never be detectable. It should just disappear into your skin tone and it should just cover up any redness you might have, or blemishes. So, if you have a lot of redness to your skin, you might want to try, there's a lot of primers on the market that have tints to them. Green cancels out red, so you could use that type of a primer just very sparingly. Or you could also use a powder to finish off the look that has yellow in it and that will also cancel out the redness, or pinkness, if you have a lot of that. Also, if you have a unique skin tone and you're not finding the perfect match, a good idea is just to buy a couple different shades of foundation, and that way, you're going to have different colors on hand. Especially in the summer months, when maybe you're a little bit darker, you'll have another color that you can custom blend your own perfect fit. So I love this because, you know, it's sheer enough that we can still see a little bit of Allie's little freckles and her skin tone comes through. She doesn't look like she's wearing just a mask of foundation, but her skin tone's even, the redness around her nose and a couple blemishes she had have been covered up, and it just matches perfectly. Just looks like nice, clean healthy skin. So there ya go, that's how you choose the right makeup color for your skin tone. Thanks for watching, I'm Hilda Levierge.