Showing posts with label undertone. Show all posts
Showing posts with label undertone. Show all posts

Tuesday, February 5, 2013


When purchasing a MAC foundation you will notice that each color has letters before the number, NC25 for example. The letters describe the undertone and the numbers tell you how deep the shade is. Although this may seem a little confusing, it is actually very helpful when trying to find your perfect shade.
MAC foundations are one of the following:

N -- Neutral

NC -- Neutral Cool (slightly yellow)

C -- Cool (very yellow)

NW -- Neutral Warm (slightly pink)

W -- Warm (very pink)

I know what you're thinking... "Why the hell are they calling a yellow foundation cool?" In reference to skintones many people think that cool undertones means pink based and warm undertones mean yellow based -- well in the MAC world, reverse that!

According to MAC yellow undertones = cool, and pink undertones = warm. And here's why:

According to Color Theory cool = blue, and warm = red.  It only makes sense to say that if you have pink undertones you are much closer to red in the color wheel and therefore warm toned. If you have more yellow/olive undertones then you are closer to blue and therefore cool toned.

I find the pink and yellow undertones in MAC foundations to be quite strong, even in the NC and NW shades! Unfortunately they don't have the neutral (N) shades in many of their foundations.

A couple more points before I wrap it up... Make sure to get matched if you plan on switching foundations. If you are an NC30 in one foundation, you could be NC25 in another! Also, if you have a lot of facial redness like I do, I would suggest trying an NC foundation. Because it is slightly yellow, this will help to counteract the redness and can give a better result.

I know it can seem a little confusing, but hopefully this helped! Thanks for reading!

COOL OR WARM? Determining Your Undertone!

Picking a foundation can be a frustrating adventure if you aren't completely sure of your undertone. Cool complexions are more pink based while warm complexions are more yellow based. The undertone of your skin has nothing to do with its shade -- just because you have fair skin doesn't mean you have cool undertones and darker skin isn't always warm. There are a few different ways to determine if you are warm or cool but here are the basics:

THE FABRIC TEST: In good lighting (preferably daylight) take a peice of yellow fabric and hold it next to your face, and do the same with a peice of red fabric. Which color is more flattering to your skin? If it's red then your are cool toned, and if the yellow looks best you are warm.

THE VEIN TEST:  Look at the veins on the underside of your arm and crook of your elbow. If they are blue then you have cool skin, and if they are bluish green then you have warm skin. This occurs because the yellow undertone in warm skin makes the veins appear more green.
THE JEWELRY TEST: Do you look better in silver or gold? Typically speaking if you have cool undertones you will look better in silver, and warm undertones look beter in gold.
THE CLOTHING TEST: Do you look better in black, white, navy, red, and jewel tones -- then you are probably cool tone. If you have a warm undertone then ivory, brown, orange, and other earth tones will suit you.

It is best to determine your undertone by looking at the skin on your body rather than your face -- because of facial redness, sometimes it seems like you have pink undertones when in reality you are yellow toned.
Some ladies have neutral undertones and look great in everything! If you are one of the lucky few that are neutral, make sure to pick a foundation that isn't too yellow or pink.

If you are interested in getting a MAC foundation please check out this POST because their naming system concerning cool/warm is quite different!
Here are some celebrities with WARM SKIN:

Celebrities with COOL SKIN:

I hope that was helpful and thanks for reading!