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Model

BlackSilk_GothModel

Posts: 200

Lynchburg, Virginia, US

It's a bit frustrating finding good foundation for my skin tone, and my skin is a weird yellowish light brown.

Here is how it usually is during the fall/winter/early spring months:

http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/130501/13/51817b76a2ae9_m.jpg


Then I do get darker in the late spring/summer:

http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/130525/18/51a166811edc3_m.jpg

Any recommendations?

Jun 11 13 10:47 pm Link

Photographer

tenrocK photo

Posts: 5435

New York, New York, US

Just let a true MUA analize your face and skin. You have good face structure so if you rely on real pros to enhance that you'll be golden

Jun 12 13 01:07 am Link

Makeup Artist

Lauren Reynolds Makeup

Posts: 282

London, England, United Kingdom

It's impossible to colour match skin to a photograph. I'd recommend visiting a counter or you could hire a makeup artist to go shopping with you. If you go to a counter, get them to apply the foundation then make sure you check the colour in daylight before buying it. Failing that, you could try buying a sampler palette or individual samples of foundation (look at Camera Ready Cosmetics) and use that to pick out a shade. You can send them a sample of a foundation that is nearish to your colour and get then to send a selection of shades close to that. Decide on your skin type & the finish you want on your foundation, then select the shade. Hope this helps.

Jun 12 13 01:43 am Link

Makeup Artist

Cynna Stylz MUA

Posts: 217

New York, New York, US

I would suggest getting samples from Camera Ready cosmetic of FACE atelier. I would say get shades 6,7,8,9, 10  and the shade adjusters: zero minus, zero plus and heat.

Find the best 3 shades and then you can change it ( lighter or darker) a bit with the adjusters.

Jun 12 13 09:51 am Link

Photographer

Thomas Van Dyke

Posts: 1840

Washington, District of Columbia, US

Lauren Reynolds MUA wrote:
It's impossible to colour match skin to a photograph. I'd recommend visiting a counter...

+1  This...  color matching requires a full palette of various undertones... it's actually straightforward as observing which tint/tone/shade disappears when streaked across you jaw/neckline interface...   but it's very difficult to do your own... please keep in mind your skin tone changes frequently as you have noticed with the seasons... thus you would be best served picking up a suite of product on either side of a "good" match...

On set I rarely find a single product color for a good match, oft have to mix multiple tints/tones/shades to fine tune a finished look...

Please get tenured counter help... nearly all upscale retail and Sephora will help you here... MAC counter talent are on commission and I've noticed they can be a tad aggressive about selling you product, enough said...

btw, yellow and olive are very common undertones, there are many excellent product lines to choose from here...

hope this helps...

Jun 12 13 01:05 pm Link

Makeup Artist

KDM

Posts: 373

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, US

Thomas Van Dyke wrote:

+1  This...  color matching requires a full palette of various undertones... it's actually straightforward as observing which tint/tone/shade disappears when streaked across you jaw/neckline interface...   but it's very difficult to do your own... please keep in mind your skin tone changes frequently as you have noticed with the seasons... thus you would be best served picking up a suite of product on either side of a "good" match...

On set I rarely find a single product color for a good match, oft have to mix multiple tints/tones/shades to fine tune a finished look...

Please get tenured counter help... nearly all upscale retail and Sephora will help you here... MAC counter talent are on commission and I've noticed they can be a tad aggressive about selling you product, enough said...

btw, yellow and olive are very common undertones, there are many excellent product lines to choose from here...

hope this helps...

Agreed. But I have a similar problem as the OP and have had great luck with Becca (Cappuccino foundation stick) and Kevyn Aucoin (SX11). Mac, Black Opal, Fashion Fashion, Bobbi Brown tend to be too orangey. g/l

Jun 12 13 03:03 pm Link

Makeup Artist

Cee Jay Starling

Posts: 26

New York, New York, US

It is hard to tell from your pictures but just like anyone one shade for makeup can make you look flat on camera. You will need at least 2 foundations and 1 good concealer.
Head over to rite aid, check the return policy and get some bottles of Loreal True Match. C6 is a different shade from N6 and W6.   Try matching your neck so that the makeup on your face blends all together.

Jun 12 13 10:04 pm Link