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2. Determining Your Surface Tone

Determine Your Skin Tone | Your Brand Of Beauty

The tone of your skin refers to the amount of melanin (brown and dark pigments in your skin) in the outer lays of your skin. The tone of our skin is genetically inherited from our bloodlines, so when we say surface tone (also called overtone), we mean the color/tone of your skin on the surface. Surface tones often change based on the amount of sun exposure we get, but undertones remain the same. Since our surface tones can change from season to season, it is important to take into consideration both our surface tones and our undertones (we will get to undertones next) when picking a foundation color. Generally speaking, surface tones fall under 5 major categories:

  • Fair: People in this category tend to have a fair or porcelain complexion. They likely have light-colored eyes like pale blue and likely have light blond hair or very dark hair with a light complexion. Due to the lower levels of melanin, people with fair skin are prone to sunburns.
  • Light: People in this category have a pale complexion but not as light as people with fair skin tones. Light skin tones tend to burn first before they tan.
  • Medium: People in this category often have an olive or beige complexion, and they tan easily. This category covers people that are medium to olive.  Medium skin tones are often neutral.
  • Tan: People in this category have a similar appearance to medium skin tones, except they are just slightly darker. This category covers people that are tan and brown. Tan skin tones also tend to tan easily but don’t burn as easily due to the higher levels of melanin in their skin.
  • Dark: People in this category have noticeably dark skin, and they tan very easily. This category covers people that are dark brown and black.
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Natassia is the Editorial Director for both Your Brand of Beauty and PMWorld 360 Magazine. She is also the Content Marketing Manager for Lead-Her-Ship Group. Natassia has been a co-contributor for the Price of Business talk radio and USA Business Radio. She’s also been a contributor to AlphaGamma, a business portal for Millennials. Natassia holds degrees and experience in Psychology, Criminology, and certification in Legal Administration.   As an avid beauty enthusiast, Natassia has always had a love of makeup. She has a vast collection of lip products and other makeup products. Her love of cosmetics led her to work as a cosmetologist for a time. She spends most of her spare time looking for and testing the best beauty products and keeping up with trends. Natassia is admittedly a hair product junkie, she owns more hair products than she owns shoes. Her true passion is achieving the perfect natural curls. Her connection to wellness comes from her formal training in Psychology and her desire to maintain her optimal state of wellness. Natassia cover's all topics for men and women under 40.

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