How exactly do you get the right makeup skin tone match for a person?

By Award-Winning, Makeup Artist Toronto, Olivia.

The problem for everyone, especially different ethnicities out there, is finding makeup that suits your skintone and culture.

Skin that doesn’t turn ashy,
skin that isn’t too pale or flashes white in pictures, or too pink if you’re olive toned.

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We all want that glowing, healthy, flawless, fresh skin – but how?

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Hearing it all the time from my clients, everytime they go to a makeup artist, they encounter mismatched style and wrong skintone match. Often times makeup artists, even a makeup artist Toronto have difficulty knowing how to apply makeup differently to every skintone, culture and ethnicity.

So here I hope to educate you!

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Being a makeup artist Toronto, I’ve practicing and trained for years in one the most multicultural cities in the world! I was able to master different ethiticies and different skintones. I’ve composed a list of different ethnic colour tones, and how to counter or highlight the best of them.


Undertone Colours

1. Warm or Cool?

First look at a person’s skin colour in comparison to a neutral colour foundation.
(If you don’t have a neutral colour, compare it to a pink colour and a olive colour foundation.)
Does it fall to a warm (olive) or cool (pink) side? Or what about in between – Neutral?

Mix your proportions using the available colours you have for the perfect % combination of cool and warm..

2. Common undertone colours

For example, East Indian/East Asian for the medium-darker skintones have a lot of golden, olive based colour in it. For the more fair skintones, it is usually pink or neutral based, and sometimes a combination of both!

Orientals usually have a olive, yellow, yellow/green undertone sometimes or a golden yellow tinge.

Mediterranean skintones sometimes have a sallow complexion that would look nice if a cool pink, tan undertone is added to their complexion

Latinas/Hispanic ethnicities often times have a beautiful gold or warm tan undertone.

African American skintones have a ruddy rustic red colour sometimes, or an orange/yellow gold glow.

For the common Fair Caucasian, has a pink undertone with a lot of blue, red, often times purple discoloration and will look best with warmer orange, warm tan colours!

This is a more generalized indication of what undertones are in different ethnicities but use your eye and intuition as it is the best indicator for you!

I hope these tips have provided you a better understanding of how to makeup different skintones.

Your Makeup Artist Toronto,


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