Color Theory: BlushesColor Theory: Blushes
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 2012
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Choosing the perfect blush for our complexions isn't always the easiest task. Some say when it comes to being warm or cool toned, the choices of your blushes should change but I don't agree. I think any tone can wear any shade of blush as long as it corresponds to their skin tone (fair, medium, or dark). Here you'll find the complete guide to choosing the right shade of blush for you!
If your skin is in the fair range, go for light shades of blush. Anything too saturated in color may appear dirty or too dark when applied.
If your skin is in the medium range, go for medium toned blushes. Nothing too light, and nothing too dark. I think medium shades have the ability to use a darker shade of blush but with a light hand. For instance, I use a bright hot pink blush (Our HD Blush in 'Diva'), but I use just the tiniest amount and it gives me the perfect flushed look.
If you have a dark complexion and find that blushes just don't show up on you, go for a dark shade with good pigment! Light blushes may look too ashy while medium blushes barely show up. Go for some high pigment color. Plum shades also look beautiful on darker skins.
How do you choose your blush shade?
Patti, contributing elfette
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How to Determine Your Skin ToneHow to Determine Your Skin Tone
FRIDAY, AUGUST 03, 2012
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We all love makeup shopping and trying out new trends and colors. What elfette doesn't?! But how do you know which colors will make you look the best and which you should pass on? First, you have to determine your skin tone. Easier said than done, we know. That's why we've put together this guide on how to find your true skin tone so you can choose makeup, clothes and accessories that will make you look even more fabulous!
Step 1: Warm or Cool?
Even before you think about what shade you are, you need to determine whether you have warm or cool undertones. There's a few easy tests you can perform to find out.
The Vein Test: Take a walk outside so you have natural light and examine your wrists. If your veins are mostly blue you have cool undertones. If they are green, you're probably a warm skin tone. If they're a mix of blue and green, it means you're neutral and can go either way!
Gold v. Silver: Stand in front of a mirror near natural light. Hold a piece of silver next to your face. If you feel like your face lights up, you are cool toned. If the silver makes your face look ashen or sick, you're probably warm toned. Switch to the gold cloth and do the same thing. If gold makes you look fresh and glowy, you are warm toned.
Pony tail test - Put all your hair back into a pony tail with a headband and wash your face. Place a white towel or cloth around your neck and shoulders so that only your face shows in the mirror. Look at your reflection. If your reflection is blue, you have cool tones, whereas if you look yellow in the mirror, you have warm tones.
Step 2: Clear or Muted?
Someone with clear skin usually has significant contrast between their hair skin and eyes, her skin may even look translucent. Think Zooey Deschanel or Rihanna. Those with muted skin have softer colors and more ash tones in their skin, like Beyonce and Blake Lively.
Step 3: Which Season?
Now that you've figured out if you are warm or cool, muted or clear, you can determine which season you are so you know what colors naturally work best for you. Let's start with summer.
Women with summer skin tones have a cool, muted complexion. Natural blondes with light eyes that tan easily are the most common members of this crew. Those with ash blonde or brown hair and pale, pink skin are also part of this complexion season. If you are a summer, your skin has a low level of contrast between hair, skin and eye color.
Fall skin tones are warm and muted, and usually consist of people with light golden skin, brown eyes and red or brown hair. They may also have golden blonde or dark honey colored hair with icy blue eyes. Their light skin makes them prone to burn easily in the sun so a strong SPF is a must!
Asians and Africans usually fall into the winter season, with cool and clear skin tones. Winter consists of very stark and dramatic skin, including pale skinned Caucasians with dark hair.
Last but not least, spring skin tones are warm and clear, encompassing women with light and strawberry blonde or auburn hair. Springs usually have light green or blue eyes with light, ivory skin. Freckles are most populous in the spring category as well.
Of course, there are exceptions to every rule and we encourage all of our elfettes to experiment and see what works best for them! Tell us what season your skin tone is and which colors you love using!
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Great Shades for Gorgeous Dark SkinGreat Shades for Gorgeous Dark Skin
FRIDAY, JULY 20, 2012
Not everyone can be blessed with a beautiful dark complexion, but for those who are lucky enough, here's a guide on which shades will work best for your skin. It's also another excuse to go shopping for new makeup which we all love to do!
First things first, let's start with choosing the right foundation. Many women with darker skin are proneto having oily skin so a oil-free or water based foundation is your best bet, like our e.l.f. Studio Flawless Finish Foundation. Darker hues are available in all foundation types from mineral to cream, but if you don't have a preference, try a liquid or cream foundation so you can control any excessive shine. When choosing your shade of foundation be sure to steer clear of any hues that are lighter than your skin tone. If possible, go one shade darker than your skin tonebecause it will helpcontrol shine. As with any skin tone, it will take a bit of trial and error to see which tones and types of makeup work best for your complexion.
With blush, it's best to stick to dark pink or coral shades, especially if you have cool undertones. Blushes that have golden or deep orange undertones can also work well with dark skin to bring outa warm glow. The blush consistency mostly depends on your preference and comfort levelwith makeup. Baked and mineral blushes provide a more natural, softlook while powder and cream blusheshave a more distinct appearance.
Now onto eyes! Darker skin tones can easily pull off looks where many colors of eye shadow are featured at once. For a modern look, try some metallic colors across the entire eyelid. Blues, purples and golden tones look especially great on dark skin and can easily be used for an exotic evening look. With so many options, it's a great idea to invest in a palette with multiple colors and shades so you can play around and have a new look every day!
What products and colors work best for you skin type? We want to know!
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