Henal Somji is a self-proclaimed “skincare enthusiast”, lifestyle blogger and the co-founder of the specialist aesthetic treatment clinic Dr Medi Spa. As well as having a passion for skincare, Henal also understands the ways in which make-up can work to boost our appearance and even our confidence.
However, some common mistakes can be hugely “unflattering” and may even deepen the appearance of lines and wrinkles. “Too much makeup can often look unflattering and can enhance the look of wrinkles or bad skin,” Henal told Express.co.uk. This is particularly true of skin-toned makeup such as concealer or foundation.
“Using the wrong shade foundation or concealer is a common mistake,” explained Henal, as it can end up creating a caked-on appearance. “A good base is the most important as it will give you a radiant glow and it allows your makeup to sit well,” she added.
Likewise, Henal says some people often forget the importance of “blending the makeup” to create a more natural finish.
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The goal of foundation and concealer is to even out the overall appearance of the skin, as well as lessen any blemishes you may be concerned about, and there is no better way to do this than by ensuring your makeup matches your skin tone. To do this, you must identify your skin’s undertone. Undertones generally fall into four groups: warm, cool, olive or neutral.
Experts from After Glow explained: “Your undertone has nothing to do with how light or dark your skin appears. It also has nothing to do with the amount of pink or redness you see on your skin due to irritation, rosacea, eczema, or acne.”
As well as finding your correct foundation match, Henal warns not to use “too much blusher” and “avoid brows which are too dark for the face”.
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Less is generally more when it comes to these products. “I like to use a highlighter to ‘lift’ my bone structure as well as add some brightness to my face giving me a dewy complexion,” she added. “Usually it should be used on the highest points of the face. I’ll also use a little bit of contour to enhance certain parts of my face such as my jawline, cheeks and nose.”
In a similar vein to choosing foundation, Henal recommends opting for shades which match your skin tone, to create a more natural effect.
How to find the right make-up to match your skin
One of the key methods of finding the best makeup to match your skin is by identifying which undertone you are. A warm undertone tends to be those which have yellow or golden hues, often on light and medium skin tones. Wearing the wrong face makeup with a warm undertone can result in your foundation appearing too pink or red.
A cool undertone is one rich in red or pink hues and is often found in those with light or medium skin tones. If you have a cool undertone and are wearing the wrong foundation, you might find that your makeup appears too orange.
Olive undertones are often found in medium or darker skin tones and tend to be hues of yellow, gold or even a slight greenish tinge. The wrong foundation or concealer on an olive undertone may appear too white, ashy or even pink.
However, some people find that they have a neutral skin tone. This means there are no obvious hues and the colouring of their skin is more balanced. Generally, if you are wearing the wrong foundation or concealer, you might find it looks too ashy.