Make-up artists explain a soft and radiant complexion

NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 08: Models pose backstage for TRESemme at the Cushnie show during New York Fashion Week on February 8, 2019 in New York City.  (Photo by Astrid Stawiarz / Getty Images for TRESemme)

  • A viral video on TikTok explains that complexions are “softened” or “bright”.
  • Determining which category your complexion falls into depends on the undertone of your skin.
  • Here, two makeup artists share tips for finding the most flattering foundation shade for your skin.

Understanding skin tone and undertone is important with makeup. Skin tone is the color of your skin’s surface, while your undertone, which is typically warm, cool, or neutral, refers to the deepest subtle hue that affects how your complexion is read. Determining your skin’s undertone can help you find the perfect match when it comes to basic products like foundation and concealers. Another way to help is to determine if you have a “muted” or “glowing” complexion, but what exactly does that mean?

Makeup artist Megan Lavallie shared a video on TikTok explaining that most people have a pale or glowing complexion, using herself and fellow makeup artist Mikayla Nogueira as examples. “Knowing this can help you a lot when choosing your makeup,” Lavallie says in the video.

Explain that “someone with a bright complexion has a very pure form of cold or warm – either they are yellow or the blue tones show quite bright”, which makes their complexion very bright and clear, while people with more subdued complexions typically look. softer and more widespread. But for someone who already has enough time to research the “right” trick, this information can seem a little overwhelming.


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“People have many types of complexion,” Carly Loudenburg, national makeup artist at Bobbi Brown Cosmetics, tells POPSUGAR. “The skin color is complex: it is made up of many different colors in different shades and values.” Thinking of skin tone as subtle versus bright is just another way to classify it. “This is a more simplistic way of looking at tone and undertone,” says Kirin Bhatty, celebrity makeup artist and ambassador for Catrice Cosmetics. “Both are beautiful, as well as common among skin tones.”

Bhatty explains that “a pale complexion may just look more neutral” and a glowing complexion simply “veers harder towards true cool or warm makeup tones.” This means that you can have a light or dark complexion with “soft” neutral undertones or a light or dark complexion with warm / cool “bright” undertones. “It refers to color saturation,” says Loudenburg.

If you want to find the most flattering makeup for your skin, Bhatty recommends always going back to your shades and the rest will follow. “Choosing the right foundation that matches it will accentuate your skin every time,” he says. But if you’re still having a hard time figuring out where to start, Loudenburg adds: “Finding the best makeup to match your complexion is easier when the range is wide and nuanced.”

Another tip for making your skin the absolute best? Use a primer that suits your skin type or makeup goals. For dry skin, choose a moisturizing option like Catrice Prime and Fine Aqua Fresh Hydro Primer ($ 8); For oily skin, try a pore-clouding formula like Smashbox Photo Finish Control Mattifying Face Primer ($ 39). “This really allows the foundation to perform to its full potential and brings the tone of the foundation to its maximum potential,” says Bhatty.

For foundation with a wide range of options for different skin tones and undertones, try the Bobbi Brown Skin Long-Wear Weightless Foundation SPF 15 ($ 50), the Kosas Revealer Skin-Improving Foundation ($ 42) or the LYS Beauty Triple Fix Serum Foundation ($ 22). You are guaranteed to find a great match.

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