How To: Make a Complete Skin Tone Palette
Here's the coolest part: you're only going to need one additional pigment to make an entire palette of skin tone sculpting colors.
Shall we get started?
Making a highlighter is the easiest thing on the planet (seriously). It is simply a question of adding more white to your foundation mix.
Depending on how much lighter you want your highlighter to be, the proportions are:
- 1 part foundation pigment blend
- 7-10 parts white (zinc oxide or titanium oxide)
MethodStart with 7 parts white to 1 part color. Mix foundation pigment blend with white pigment thoroughly in your handy dandy whizzing apparatus, adjusting the color as you go.
My highlighter (pictured here) is 10 parts white to 1 part foundation mix.
Going RedderCreating the perfect blush and lip color is the next easiest thing on the planet (seriously).
Here's where the additional pigment comes in.
I know you already know what's needed to go redder.....
There are many reds to choose from – depending on your preference and skin tone.
Here are 3 staple reds in my pigment collection: a straightforward red (left), a deeper, wine-red, bordeaux (middle), and a brighter, pinkier, red (right).
For my blush-and-lip mixture, I used the red on the left.
MethodAdd to your whizzing apparatus
- 9 parts foundation pigment blend
- 1 part red pigment
Whiz until thoroughly mixed - adjusting the color as you go. When you're happy with the color, transfer to an airtight, dry container.
Tip about mica: if you add a mica to a whizzing apparatus, you may well discover it looses the inherently glittery quality mica offers. To retain the reflective quality of the mica, you're going to have to dump the whizzing apparatus and instead SIFT the colors together until thoroughly mixed. Be forewarned: this will take a bit of patience. Expect to sift everything between 15 and 20 times before the color is even.
Going DarkerHere's where you are can start experimenting and playing. You'll be adding brown oxide and/or sienna oxide to go darker – depending on how warm you want the color to be.
- 5 parts foundation mix
- 1 part brown oxide
Mix thoroughly in the whizzing machine, test the color and adjust until you have a tone that you like for sculpting. I use my darkest tone predominately for contouring the eye area.
Finishing TipsWhen you're happy with your pigment mixtures, transfer them to clean, air-tight containers and label them with date.
If you've been good about keeping notes as you adjusted the colors, you might want to add that info to your label so you have a starting point for recreating the color.
Next UpNext time we look at making make-up, we're going to create a pressed color skin tone palette.
Do TellDo you make your own foundation and eye shadows? How do you mix your skin tones?
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