My makeup journey begins with countless trips to makeup counters and hundreds of dollars spent only to look red, orange, white (ashy), and 2 shades darker. I am a mocha brown girl. Unfortunately, I’ve been almost every color of the “makeup spectrum”, but the hue of brown that I truly am. I dreaded pictures with flash because they exposed a “makeup mask” that didn’t always match my neck.
I took my challenges to Brow Expert/ Makeup Artist, Ashonti Sharkey of Curvee Madame Belle Studios in Chicago, IL, to obtain a solution for finding the right shade for a more natural look. “The real problem is, that you don’t know your skin tone. That’s why you end up so many different shades”, stated Ashonti. Skin tone, or undertone, is determined by the amount of melanin or pigment in the skin. “Finding the right shade begins with identifying your tone. This can be done by first taking a picture of yourself outside and assessing the color of your inner face, outer face, and neck. Second, identify the color of your veins in your arm and face.” Skin tones are typically warm, neutral, or cool. Blue veins equal cool, green veins equal warm and if vein color is undetectable; then maybe you fall in the neutral category.
“The goal is to match your tone from the top of your forehead to your décolletage so that you’re not wearing a mask of makeup”. Once the tone is determined, you can now move forward to finding the right foundation shade that falls within your spectrum. This same concept applies to contouring. Utilizing the previously taken photo in natural light, assess where the light hits your face. According to Ashonti, people typically “have a lighter area of the face and a darker area”. Contouring is merely the manipulation of the contrast between those tones and light to change dimensions in the face”.
“Identifying your tone and understanding your light are just a few tips in finding the right makeup shade, but the key to a finished look is blending”. For tutorials check out the #CurveeMadame on Facebook and Instagram.
Experts Product Suggestions:
NYX Contouring Palette, $15.00
Anastasia Palette, $30.00
By: Chimere Brown