…unless ONE thing. That ONE thing is the undertone being either very yellow, golden or olive.
This is important to me because I’m just about completely over the constant tweaking and “working with” foundations…and I’m almost anal about my foundation matching perfectly. I’ve been wearing foundation for several years, so I can pretty much tell if the color will work or not. My usual issue with foundations is that they end up looking too orange (warm), pink or if it’s the right undertone it’s too light…because apparently having olive undertones stops at the medium shade range, or only occurs within the medium shade range. This brings me to another point I want to make…there is a misconception about olive skin. Olive is actually an undertone and it occurs within different shades of skin. People mistakenly (especially these beauty “experts” in magazines) confuse olive skin as a medium shade and it only being limited to Latina, Mediterranean and some Asian people. This is absolutely not true since I, a Black woman have olive undertones. Having olive undertones has absolutely nothing to do with shade (light to dark), so you can be pale/fair-skinned all the way to dark-skinned and have olive undertones. It simply means you have a green cast. You can also be a cool olive and a warm olive. A post from the blog Of Faces and Fingers explains this very well.
Even though makeup brands are now coming out with foundations that have a more extensive range of shades, the olive undertones seem to get left out. Usually, there’s only ONE olive undertone foundation in the entire range…and where on that range is it? You guessed it…in the middle. Pale/fair-skinned is not limited to having pink undertones and deep to dark skin doesn’t only have red or orange undertones. Why don’t these companies get with the program? To be fair…professional makeup companies such as RCMA, Graftobian, Joe Blasco and Cinema Secrets do have foundations that cater to olive undertones. It’s the consumer brands that need to get with it! Brands such as the ones in the photo I have above seems to be on the mark with that.
Until most makeup companies get it together, I’ll have to “limit” myself by sticking to professional brands and consumer brands that actually have foundations that cater to olive (or golden-olive undertones). I just can’t walk around with a pink or an orange face and a yellow-green neck. Not anymore.