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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.

ELES Cosmetics - Undertone

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

Choose your makeup wisely. The best makeup base for your individual skin needs.

ELES Cosmetics Mineral Makeup Foundation Base for your skin type

Do you have blemished skin? Dry skin? Sensitive skin? Oily skin? Skin with mature signs of aging? Whatever your needs we are here to help find a makeup solution to have your complexion looking flawless in next to no time.

First things first, determine your skin type and needs then read on to find out what will be best for you.

Blemished skin

Want to know how to conceal those pesky pimples? Need coverage without clogging pores? Blemish prone skin needs extra attention, not only do you want good coverage to hide any imperfections and create the illusion of flawless skin, you also need makeup that will help combat them.

Be sure to use gentle, oil-free make-up. Mineral is best. It allows the skin to breathe freely and is free of heavy fillers and pore clogging ingredients including talc, dyes, fragrance and mineral oil.

Try ELES Liquid Powder Mineral Foundation SPF 15. An outstanding oil-free liquid formula which glides on velvety smooth and sets to a soft powder finish which lasts all day. Its ‘non-occlusive’ formula allows the foundation to enhance the complexion without covering up the skin, allowing it to “breathe” freely.

ELES Cosmetics Mineral Makeup Liquid Powder Foundation

This product has made a huge contribution to my confidence as I was unfortunately a victim of adult acne. It is gentle and light on my skin, still allowing my pores to breath. I feel like I’m not wearing any makeup at all when I have it on and there is no oily residue. Amazing.” Justine L

Dry Skin

If your skin in notoriously dry then powder is not your friend, it will only accentuate the dry areas — big no-no! Powders tend to sit on dehydrated skin as opposed to blending in and providing the more ‘natural’ coverage we all desire. Arm yourself with a good cream or liquid foundation or BB Cream. The more hydrating the base the better.

Try ELES BB Cream 30. Packed with moisture replenishing ingredients, this innovative treatment cream primes, tints, nourishes, evens out skin tone, and helps to strengthen and protect skin on contact. Upon application, skin immediately appears more uniform, hydrated and luminous.

ELES Cosmetics Mineral Makeup BB Cream 30

This is an excellent base and moisturiser in one! My skin has never looked better…” Jenni D

Sensitive Skin

Go mineral all the way! Mineral makeup is always best for those with sensitive skin or prone to breakouts. Ingredients such as talc, artificial dyes, lanolin and mineral oil which may be found in some foundations are proven to be irritating to many sensitive skin types. Mineral makeup is hypoallergenic, mineral oil free, talc-free, dye free and paraben so you really are applying the best of the best on your skin.

Try ELES Mineral Powder Foundation. Highly compatible for even those with the most sensitive of skin, it works as a translucent powder or a buildable coverage foundation easily adjusting from sheer to richer coverage. Non-irritating, chemical free sunscreen also protects again UV damage.

ELES Cosmetics Mineral Makeup Powder Foundation pressed

I have sensitive, reactive skin with pigmentation, capillaries and dermatitis. This product is UNBELIEVABLE. Not only does it leave my skin looking hydrated, it has a really healthy glow & for the first time EVER, people are commenting how good my skin looks.” Maria B

Oily/Combination Skin

Good news! If you have oily skin you’re less prone to deep-set wrinkles in the future! But…you probably have trouble getting your foundation to last all day right?. The hero for oily skin types is prepping skin with a good primer which will keep your foundation in place all day.

Try ELES Pore Perfecting Face Primer. The ultimate multi-tasker! Lightweight and oil-free, the techno advanced formula absorbs oil and reduces pore size to combat shine in multiple ways. While you wear it Salicylic Acid keeps pores clean preventing breakouts, while levelling out roughness to keep foundation looking smooth hour after hour.

ELES Cosmetics Mineral Makeup Pore Perfecting Face Primer

If you add any product to your makeup bag make sure it is this one! It acts like a magnet to your mineral makeup holding it on all day long even a night on the town is no match. Love, Love, Love it!” Michelle C

Mature skin

We are all on the quest for youthful skin but many are under the illusion that the more foundation they apply the more seamless their skin will look. Too much foundation can actually have the opposite effect – especially on mature skin – as it can settle into fine lines and wrinkles and make them look more pronounced.

Opt for a CC cream which adapts to your individual skin tone or use a lightweight, luminous foundation with light-reflecting pigments that will make your skin look radiant and youthful. Also go for warmer tones that help counteract complexion pinkness which comes with thinning of the skin and exposure of fine capillaries.

ELES Cosmetics Mineral Makeup CC Cream 20

Try ELES CC Cream 20.  A formidable fusion of skincare and makeup, this anti-aging, lightweight, oil-free colour correcting cream with broad spectrum protection sunscreen soothes, protects, moisturises and dramatically corrects imperfections in one lone application. Micro-encapsulated pigments adapt to individual skin tones while sheer, light-scattering optics help neutralise imperfections by reflecting light away from lines and flaws.

Wonderful product, great coverage, looks so natural and skin looks radiant. Love the additional in-built SPF for protection.” Sarah N