Makeup means different things to different people but everybody can collectively agree that makeup should give you a flawless finish no matter what look you're going for. We now understand the meticulous planning and investment makeup artists take to learn the art and perfect a magical finish. Understanding the products used is just as important, especially when working on Indian skin tones that often find it hard to pick the right foundation, blush or eyeshadow and so on. We bring you some tips and tricks on how to choose the right makeup for Indian skin tones across all spectrums.
Basic Understanding Of The Indian Skin Tone
Before adding innumerable products into your cart, we must understand the skin-specific requirements for most Indian skin tones. Finding the right undertone is very important and can easily be determined. If the skin is more yellow-gold up close then you have warm undertones and if you have red-pink then you've got cool undertones. Most Indians usually have yellow-olive undertones though. Pigmentation is one of the many key concerns for most Indians as dark circles and other spots appear easily due to the melanin production. Here's what you need to know when choosing your favourite products:
1. When Choosing A Foundation
Now that you know what your undertones and complexion is, one way to determine the right foundation is if disappears right into the skin. Foundations with a yellow base suit most Indian skin tones and is best tested on the face or neck and not the arm. Depending on what your requirement is pick the correct formula, i.e. whether a liquid or a matte consistency. If the foundation looks ashy, it is too light for the skin, if the foundation is too muddy; it is too dark for the skin.
2. When Choosing The Right Concealer
Correctors and concealers are the backbone of the makeup and get these right is the key to a flawless makeup. The concealer must always be a shade or two lighter than your skin tone or foundation. The best way to test it is on your forehead and the side of your face; if it blends easily, then you've cracked the perfect shade. If there are two different skin tones then pick the warmer shade. To hide pigmentation, many makeup artists advise using orange liquid correctors as the blend easily and hide saturated dark circles instantly.
3. When Choosing The Right Blush And Highlighter
Many find it hard to choose the right blush depending on their skin tone. Makeup artists advise using dusty rose pink, pearly pinks and peach hues work well with fair to medium skin tone and dark coral hues work well for medium to dark skin tones. Highlighters too come in many shades that suit different skin tones. For fair to medium skin tones, pearl and champagne colours accentuate the look while rose gold and bronze tones elevate the glam quotient for those with medium to dark complexions.
4. When Choosing The Right Lipstick
When it comes to choosing the right nude lipstick for instance, one nude doesn't fit all because Indians have various versions their "nude." In reality, lip colours are best advised over a thoroughly lip lined and coloured lips for the nude lipstick to get full coverage and your buck's worth for the lipstick as most Indians have pigmented lips. For nude lipsticks, it is suggested to opt for a lipstick shade which is a shade darker to your skin tone to not look washed out. Even for all other bright hues, one must look at lipsticks with warmer undertones for darker skin tones and cooler undertones for paler skin tones.
5. When Choosing The Right Eyebrow Pencils
This one is easy to master but also the easiest to falter on. Eyebrow pencils should complement the colour of your hair and used with gentle strokes to outline the eyebrows. Those with black hair must use dark grey or black brown pencil or pomade to fill their brows and different shades of brown depending on the how dark the brown hue is of the hair.
With these tricks in your pocket now, we bet you too can be a makeup pro sitting at home and perfecting your skills with the right makeup products.
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