I think one of the most enduringly interesting subjects in the “field” of makeup is how different it looks on different skintones. It’s something I keep bumping into, and I’m fascinated every time.
I’ve seen MAC’s black eyeliner Smolder (click here for a swatch) turn green on a gorgeous mid-toned Indian woman. Last Christmas, I tried to buy my mother-in-law a few lipsticks — and even though I chose shades that I knew were too dark for me, they were still too light, too sheer on her.
Anyway, it happened again when I saw the lovely Karen’s lip swatches of Nude Rose and Blood Red over at Makeup and Beauty Blog. I LOVED the lipsticks of MAC’s DSquared collection, and when I saw her pics, I had to say, “woah, that’s not what those look like on me.”
These pictures are reposted with her permission, to illustrate the point.
Blood Red: If you saw Karen’s picture, you might wonder how they chose that name.
My version — and I think it even photographed a little lighter than what I see when I look in the mirror.
Nude Rose: Not my favorite shade on Karen.
But I love it!
How different are Karen and I? She’s about NC35; I’m maybe NW15-20.
Thank goodness bloggers come in all skintones! I feel like I still have so much to learn about how shades change on different skin, but what a beautiful subject to study.