Understanding the Skin Tones
We describe your Skin Tone as the color of the top layer of your skin, broke down into fair, light, medium, tan and dark. Fair skinned would be those of pale to almost opaque skin. Light is a little darker to light-olive skinned. Medium is where a decent majority sit, some Asian, about 50-60% of those who identify as Caucasian, those who are naturally olive skinned. Tan skinned include another fair sized population those with a nice even tan over the majority of their skin, traditionally those from the Middle East, Mediterranean, Latin America, parts of Africa. Finally dark these are skin tones from close to the equator. You'll find the darker to darkest skin tones closer to the equator as well as the most resistant to burning. Central to Southern Africa and Southern tip of India, also others including Pacific Islanders. Learn more about Human Skin Color.
Matching Your Skin Color
Let's keep it simple. Celebrity makeup artist Kindra Mann, whose clientele includes Vanessa Hudgens and Rosario Dawson, sat down with Bustle magazine to weigh in on the quick tips. Everyone has yellow or pink undertones to their skin. How to identify? Look at your veins on your wrist. If they are blue you’ve got pink undertones. If your veins are green, you have a warmer yellow undertone. If they appear to be both blue and green, you're a lucky owner of a neutral skin tone (pink and yellow undertones are equivalent) you should be able to get away with any color!
“For yellow undertones, stick to warmer colors and for pink undertones, look for shades with blue or purple tones in them” says Kindra Mann.
“The great thing about really fair skin is that bold reds and deep colors can be a fun way to play up your makeup and can look fantastic,” explains Mann. “Avoid anything too light or with too much of a yellow undertone so you don’t look washed out.
Example: Fair Skin
“The great thing about really fair skin is that bold reds and deep colors can be a fun way to play up your makeup and can look fantastic,” explains Mann. “Avoid anything too light or with too much of a yellow undertone so you don’t look washed out.”
Example: Darker Skin
“Deep plums, berries and reds look fantastic,” says Mann. “Unless you are going for a retro feel or a statement bright lip, avoid anything too light or pale on the lips — deeper shades look more naturally flattering.”
But hey, remember its your choice when it comes down to it. If you feel confident rocking some bright blue lipstick to a punk party ... then do it!!!
Bustle Magazine - Lipstick and Skin Tones