Undertone: Understanding your True Skin Colour

This word is frequently mentioned in the beauty industry but if we were to ask what your UNDERTONE is, would you know what to say? In this blog entry, ELES gives you tips on how to determine your undertone.

From the word itself, it is the colour underneath the surface of the skin. Knowing your undertone is the key to getting makeup products (and clothes) that look great on you.

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There are three main types of undertones:

Cool (pink, red or bluish undertones)
Warm (yellow, peachy, golden undertones)
Neutral (a combination of warm and cool undertones)

Makeup artists can spot your undertone effortlessly but in the absence of a glam squad, these tips will help you determine your true colour! If you’re an aspiring makeup artist, knowing how to determine an undertone will help you create a great makeup base for your cilents as well. Here are our tips:

  1. A white cloth can tell you what your undertone is!
    This technique is very similar to what videographers call a white balance. After washing your face, go near the window where you can have natural light and place a white cloth or white paper beside your face. Ask someone to check out the contrast of your skin. If the skin appears:

    • golden or yellow = WARM
    • pinkish or flushed = COOL
    • can’t tell? = NEUTRAL
  2. Gold or Silver?
    Try wearing your gold and silver necklace or bracelet and ask someone which one looks great on you. If you look radiant and glowing in:

    • Gold jewelry = WARM
    • Silver and platinum jewelry = COOL
  3. What clothes look great on you?
    When picking clothes, it’s easy to know what shades are warm and cool. For cool colours, think of water, sea, and sky. For warm coloured clothes, think of the sun, Autumn leaves, and earth colours. If you look good in clothes that are colour:

    • Orange, Yellow, Dark Green = WARM
    • White, black, blue, and gray = COOL
    • All colours. If you look fab like a supermodel in everything that you wear, you are blessed! = NEUTRAL 😉
  1. The Sun will also tell you your undertone!
    • Your skin turns golden brown when you lounge under the sun = WARM
    • Your skin burns when exposed under the sun = COOL
  1. Eye Colour
    This is not always accurate but it will help.

    • blue, gray, or green eyes = COOL
    • brown, amber, or hazel eyes = WARM
  1. Check your Veins!
    • Blue veins = COOL
    • Green veins = WARM
    • in between = NEUTRAL

Our recommendations:

Using a foundation that matches your undertone is the true secret to naturally flawless looking skin. It won’t look cakey or fake and it will blend well as you fade your foundation down your neck. Below is a list of ELES foundations you can choose from:Undertone_ELES HD Luminous Foundation

ELES HD Luminous Foundation

COOL – Ivory, Honey Beige
NEUTRAL – Buff, Almond, Tan
WARM – Linen, Cream Beige, SandUndertone_ELES Cosmetics Liquid Powder Mineral Foundation

ELES Liquid Powder Mineral Foundation

COOL – Linen, Vanilla Cream, Sandy Beige, Natural Beige, Espresso
NEUTRAL – Tender Beige, Porcelain, Cameo Beige, Almond,
WARM – Cream Beige, Pale Beige, Fawn

Undertone_ELES Cosmetics Mineral Powder Foundation

ELES Mineral Powder Foundation

COOL – Nude, Chestnut
NEUTRAL – Shell, Tender, Sunlit, Mocha
WARM – Blonde, Cream, Sand, Toast

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Who wore it best at the Oscars? Makeup looks rocking it this year!

Soft pink lips, a touch of blush, fierce wings and vampy lip colours, this year’s Oscars bought an array of makeup looks from natural elegance to rock chic ready…

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…but our favourite look of the night was adorned by the lovely Emma Stone who opted for monochromatic makeup, one of the biggest makeup trends of 2018.

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For those not familiar with the term, monochromatic makeup simply refers to a look which uses one colour in multiple areas of the face, in this instance eyes and cheeks and lips.

We cannot get enough of her peachy lid and cheek combo and the best part is it’s easy to pull off, and, we are going to show you how!

OSCARS: Monochromatic Makeup Look

  1. Prep your skin

Choose a base and shade that best complements your skin tone. In Emma’s case we’d use the Mineral Foundation Powder in Nude. Apply all over face using a powder brush.

  1. Choose your colour scheme

Decide on the colour you want to use for the monochromatic look, then include multiple shades of that colour for all of your features. Colours that work great are reds, pinks, bronzes and oranges.

  1. Build your eyes

Take your blush, Baked Blush in Tulip, and using a blending brush, blend all over eye lid up through the crease and to just under the brow bone. Then apply Mineral Shadow Tourmaline to the inner corners of the eyes and beneath the brow bone, blend out the edges. Using a flat definer brush also apply the Mineral Matte Shadow in Tourmaline along the lower lash lines. Next take Mineral Matte Shadow in Terra Peach and wet it to create more intense colour. Apply to outer corners of eyes.

Using a flat definer brush apply Mineral Matte Shadow in Indigo to the upper lash line. Next take the Superwear Gel Liner in Baroque and apply along the lower lash lines and smudge out with a small tapered blending brush.

Finish with two coast of Lush Mascara in Black to both the upper and lower lashes.

  1. Apply your blush

Using a blush brush, apply Baked Blush in Tulip (same blush applied initially to eyes) to the apples of your cheeks and sweep upward into hairline.

  1. Layer your lips

Complete the look with a lip shade that will compliment the blush colour chosen as well as complete the monochromatic look. Try Moisture Crème Lipstick in Peach. Finish with Pucker-Up Lipgloss in Air Kiss.

Follow these five simple steps and you’ll be channelling Emma Stone in next to no time! Monochromatic looks are an easy way to look flawless and sophisticated without too much effort!

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Applying a Bronzer According to Face Shape for a Natural Sunkissed Look

Do you sometimes wonder how some people always look fresh and sunkissed even during fall? It’s like their complexion is perfect all year round! A healthy-looking skin tone is always on trend and you need a bronzer to add that au naturale glow and warmth to your face.

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Applying bronzer is key to creating the perfect glow you want to achieve. It also enhances your complexion. Strategically applying it according to your face shape makes that glow look so natural. You’ll look like you’re not wearing makeup at all. Also remember that as you gain or lose weight, your face shape may change. Keeping these pointers handy will help you enhance your face shape and complexion. Are you ready? Grab your ELES Anti-Oxidant Bronzer and follow the steps below:

The General Rule in Bronzer Application

Our goal here is to add a “natural glow” to your everyday look. With contouring, you use a bronzer and a highlighter. This time, we will only use a matte bronzer. The general rule is to apply it on areas of the face on which the sun would naturally touch — forehead, bridge of the nose and cheekbones.

Oval Face Shape

Where to apply:

  • top of the forehead, along the hairline
  • apples of your cheeks (not the hollows like when you contour)
  • dust along bridge of the nose

Heart Face Shape

Where to apply:

  • forehead (apply more on hairline and temple for a more proportioned look)
  • cheekbones (heart-shaped face has prominent cheekbones so apply bronzer on the cheekbones and a little bit on the side)
  • dust bronzer on the center of the chin

Round Face Shape

Where to apply:

  • Slim the face by applying along the cheekbones downward towards the jaw. This will create a subtle rectangular effect that elongates the face a little bit.

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Rectangular/Oblong Face Shape

Where to apply:

  • middle of the forehead to shorten the length of the face
  • middle of the cheeks (right between the hollows and the top of the cheekbones)

Square Face Shape

Where to apply:

  • a little on forehead, curving to the temples to soften the corners of the face
  • top of the cheekbones

ELES Anti-Oxidant Bronzer with FREE Kabuki Brush Flatlay

The ELES Anti-Oxidant Bronzer is ideal for achieving a sunkissed glow because it is matte. It has a very natural colour but you can always build it up if you have a darker skin tone. You can also use it as an eyeshadow or under your favourite lip gloss for a touch of earthy colour on your lips. Here are other benefits:

  • Hypoallergenic
  • Paraben-free
  • Vitamins C & E condition skin and help combat the damaging effects of free radical scavengers


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Need some last minute help with your Valentine’s evening makeup?!

ELES - Natural Valentine's Day Makeup

Perfect for Valentine’s Day (and night) — Australia supermodel Shanina Shaik sporting the “no makeup” makeup look

Whether it be for a date-night with a loved-one or a fun night out with the girls, here are some makeup tips on how to be date-ready this Valentine’s Day!


A fresh face that appears free of makeup is one of the most coveted looks. After all who doesn’t want to look like they have flawless skin without even trying?

Firstly apply a long-lasting base they’ll keep makeup in place in this hot weather! Smooth all over face and neck and spread gently to even the complexion. Remember less is more!

For natural sun-kissed radiance apply bronzer. Use it to contour beneath your cheeks and jawline to “slim” the face, add a swipe to the forehead for that little extra “natural tan”.

A clever use of highlighter means that any complexion can have a healthy radiance. Apply sparingly where light would naturally hit your face – brow bones, cheeks and the tip of the nose.


  • ELES Age Defying BB Cream 30 – it primes, tints, nourishes, evens out skin tone and protects all in one. And upon application skin appears more uniform and luminous. I promise!
  • ELES NEW Anti-oxidant Bronzer this multi-faceted bronzer offers a subtle bronzed hue and is rich in vitamins C & E to condition the skin as well as help combat the damaging effects of free radical scavengers!
  • ELES Illuminator – a sheer, lightweight liquid illuminator that imparts a natural radiance to the skin creating the ultimate shimmer or subtle bronze glow. You can also bend into foundation for an all over luminosity or apply to decollaté for sun-kissed radiance.


Apply eye shadow according to your eye shape below.

ELES - Natural Valentine's Day Makeup

Then take your bronzer and apply just above the crease of the eyelid and beneath the lower lash line for a natural smokey eye.

Next coat lashes with mascara by applying from the base to the tip in a slow sweeping motion, for thicker and longer lashes, allow to semi-dry and apply a second coat.



Use a light hand when doing your brows.


  • ELES Brow Blender in Dark Taupe. With the spool end brush the brows, then using the short soft strokes, apply pencil to achieve a natural effect, brush again to mute the edges.


To complete the look, finish with a nude lippie with a touch of pink.


Glowing skin and makeup what more could you want?

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