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Color Guide for Bases and Skin Types

COOL-TONED BASES (In order from light to dark)

In color-coding, people who have cool undertones are referred to as Winter or Summer because of the underlying blue tone to skin, hair, eyes, teeth, etc. Winters and Summers usually tan easily, although Summers will have more sun-damage because they tend to have fairer complexions.

Use the guide below, as a guide only. Many times, Winters have olive or strong yellow tones to their skins - Asians, for example. They are much better wearing a yellow base so that makeup doesn't look like a mask. However, they should still use cool blush, eye shadows and lipsticks to enhance their features.

Cool Sand   Very Fair complexions with pink undertones
Light Beige   Fair with pink undertones
Natural   Medium Fair with pink undertones
Honey Bronze   Medium/Tan with pink undertones. Also use as a blush

WARM-TONED BASES (In order from light to dark)

In color-coding, people who have warm undertones are referred to as Spring or Autumn because of the underlying yellow tone to skin, hair, eyes, teeth, etc. Springs and Autumns do not tan easily. They may tan eventually but usually burn first. Sun protection is important for all skin types, but it is essential for Springs and Autumns. Also included in this section are our darker bases, all of which have yellow/gold undertones. If being worn by a woman of color, they should be combined with cool blushes, eye and lip colors.

Warm Silk   Fair with yellow undertones
Amber   Medium Fair with yellow undertones
This also works well on olive skins
Warm Sienna   Medium Fair with strong yellow undertones
This also works well on Asian skins
Golden Glow   Medium with yellow/gold undertones
This is a mixture of Warm Sienna and Latte
Latte   Medium/Dark with yellow/brown undertones
Also use as a bronzer
Caramel   Medium/Dark with yellow/gold undertones
Autumn   Medium/Dark with strong gold undertones
Teakwood   Medium/Dark with gold/pink undertones
Maple   Dark with gold undertones
Use also as a bronzer
Terra   Very Dark with yellow undertones

NEUTRALS

Bisque   Porcelain. This is our lightest base
Satin   Mid-way between Bisque and Suntan
Perfect for someone who isn't obviously warm or cool.
Suntan   Medium/Tan. Same value as Honey Bronze without the pink. Works well on cool and warm skin tones
Also use as a bronzer
Honey Bronze   Medium/Tan with pink undertones. Also use as a blush