An Introduction to Choosing Make Up Colors by Kathleen

Hi folks Kathleen here with simple ways to determine what make up colors you should wear warm neutral or cool. This will be a basic introduction to the wonderful world of makeup. Above is a chart Heather (CEO & founder of CysterWigs) created. It makes determining your skins undertone easy. Once you know your skins undertone everything else falls into place. For instance my veins are a blue/green in natural light but can vary depending on the lighting conditions. I’ve always worn white & yellow gold..lol. Clearly I have neutral undertones but I do lean towards warm. That’s not uncommon. If you aren’t sure most likely you have neutral undertones. 😉

Lets make this simple the surface color of your skin is not the same as your undertone. Your undertone is what determines what foundation…warm neutral or cool you should get. Above is a graphic using a portrait I painted that demonstrates how your surface skin color doesn’t determine your undertone. Even though my clients both have warm surface skin colors Bishop Hodges has cool skin undertones whereas his wife has warm undertones.

Another hallmark of neutral undertones is my surface skin color and undertone are basically the same. Peachy…and my skin color will change depending on the lighting conditions or for example what color wig I wear. If I wear a vibrant red wig my skin will look warmer. Image 3 shows how some brands make it easy for you. The cool foundation isn’t mine but the other three are. Can you see how the cool foundation has a pink cast to it? The middle two the neutral shades have a peach tint and the warm foundation on the right has a yellow tint to it? No? No problem if you cant see the nuanced color changes between these. That’s why many brands mark C for cool, N for neutral and W for warm right on the foundation themselves. This takes the guess work out for you. I would suggest finding a foundation that clearly tells you what undertone the foundation is. It makes it so much easier. TIP: When choosing your foundation color look at your neck vs your face to find a good color match.

Now when I’m in a hurry and I just want to look put together …healthier I use my BB Cream above in image 4.

Now that you have determined what undertone your skin is cool neutral or warm and you’ve found a good foundation by matching the skin on your neck. You are ready to pick out a blush. This is easy too. For blush you should go with colors that are opposite of your skins undertone. Think of it this way. If you have a cool undertone and you pick a cool pink blush you will only look redder…if you choose a soft warm peachy/apricot colored blush it’ll give you a healthy more natural glow.

Image 6 is a simplified reference guide for blush colors. In general if you have warm undertones choose a blush that is on the cool side. On the other hand if you have cool undertones choose warmer blush colors. If you aren’t sure but think you are neutral you most likely will look fine in any color you choose. TIP: If you try a warm blush and it looks too matchy matchy try a cool blush and visa versa.

Image 7 illustrates the blushes I am currently using. One is cool and one is warm. I am neutral so I can use either one but most often I combine the two.

Layering your blush gives depth to the colors vs using one color. You will have a more natural healthier glow than using one color alone.

Image 8 illustrates what I do when applying blush. I apply where I naturally blush because I am going for a healthy glow. I don’t contour etc. Why not you ask? Well the short answer is because I’m lazy..lol I go for the least amount of work with the biggest payoff. Especially as we age we lose color in our cheeks and even our lips. So I brush the cool blush (remember cool blushes are for warm undertones) across the apple of my cheeks and up a bit. Then I use the coral highlighter (remember warm highlighters and blushes are for cool undertones) on the top edges of my cheeks. Since I have neutral undertones these two colors mixed together achieve that. I prefer a subtle color on a highlight. To me this reads healthy vs oooh look at that highlight!… 😉At my age there aren’t too many areas on my face that are wrinkle free and I really don’t want to bring atention to those 😂.

Above image 9 illustrates simply what is a cool warm or neutral color. For this example I am using pink. The cool pink has blue added to it. The warm pink has yellow added to it and the neutral pink has both these colors added to it which also brings down the intensity of the pink. If you see a color and you can’t tell if its cool or warm it most likely is a neutral version.

Here is one last color choice to look at. Lipstick…If you have warm undertones choose warmer colors and if you have cool undertones choose cooler colors. In my case since I have neutral undertones I chose a neutral pink. Its easy and will look good no matter what hair color I am wearing or what clothes I have on. Its my go to color. TIP: When choosing a lip color look at your natural lip color as your guide.

The take away here is makeup can be fun. For a quick heathy look a little foundation blush and lip color and you’re out the door. You don’t have to wear everything to look put together and healthy. ….but it is fun…lol..next eyes! Enjoy..🙋


You can see all of Kathleen’s posts here as well seeing her talent as an amazing artist at KathleenRyanArt.com.

8 Comments

  1. Lise
    September 13, 2018 / 5:39 pm

    This is so helpful, thank you ❣

    • Kathleen Ryan
      September 13, 2018 / 6:38 pm

      Thanks Lise. I love color and nakeup but it can be daunting pucking out colors. More simple color choices and tips in future posts. 🙂 best-Kathleen

  2. Jane piggott
    September 14, 2018 / 3:56 am

    THANK YOU. GREAT TIPS😊

    • Kathleen Ryan
      September 14, 2018 / 4:04 pm

      Hi Jane thank you glad you enjoyed it..more to come…best Kathleen

  3. Betzie
    September 16, 2018 / 1:30 am

    Great post and tips!!!! Love that wig on you also Kathleen!

    • Kathleen Ryan
      September 16, 2018 / 7:19 pm

      Hi Betzie…thank you..glad you enjoyed the tips..I plan on writing more posts in this vein ☺️…ahh this wig is delicious thanks I’m wearing my coveted Belle Madame Carlotta..😉 best Kathleen

  4. Sidney Franks
    October 20, 2018 / 3:31 am

    Best post and very informative! I’m a newbie in fact I haven’t ordered my first wig but I was so excited to see that we almost have the same face measurements because I have been admiring your wigs! I just finished watching Heather’s video on the importance of knowing this when comparing a pictured wig and how it might look on me. I love your red wigs and I can wear that color very well. Thanks a bunch!

    • Kathleen Ryan
      October 21, 2018 / 7:18 pm

      Thank you..I’m glad you enjoy my posts…ooh I can’t wait to see what wig you choose..let me know if I can help…best -Kathleen CW

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