Makeup Consultation 101: Is Your Client Cool or Warm Toned?Using the right makeup products on your client can make or break the final look. You need to choose products with undertones that will enhance your client and give her a gorgeous glow! As a makeup artist, the first thing to find out about your clients—beside their names—should be what type of skin tone they have. It takes a well-trained eye to be able to determine the undertones and type of a client’s skin just by looking at them. So how do you find out what their skin is like in just a few short minutes? Read on for a quick guide on how to determine your client’s skin tone!
1. The Vein Test
Possibly the easiest way to find out if a client is cool or warm toned right off the bat! In your first meeting, be sure to check the color of your client’s veins. But, you don’t want to be weird about it—imagine how creeped out you’d be if someone just grabbed your wrist! Let you client know what you’re doing—they’ll be impressed by your knowledge of skin and color theory, and they’ll learn a cool trick! So, what should you be looking for in those veins? “Cooler” toned people generally have blue or purplish veins under their skin. This means that their skin has a cool undertone, which will enhance shades like purples, blues, and light greens beautifully. “Warmer” toned clients will have more of a greenish look to their veins, meaning they have warm undertones to their skin. Think of warmer colors, like red, orange, and yellow. These shades will pick up flawlessly on warm toned girls!