SKIN TONE BEFORE PIGMENT
We've applied our decades of expertise to formulate amazing lipsticks in an array of shades designed to work with every skin tone.
For too long, people like you have been told that skin tone determines your beauty options. We couldn’t DISAGREE more! Skin tone—The overall color of our skin—is the result of genetics and UV exposure. Dominant skin tones are either brown, olive or pink.
Skin tones range from the deepest velvety purple-brown to the lightest alabaster rose-white.
- Where our ancestors lived is mapped in our genes, with skin tones becoming lighter in Northern regions and darker in Southern regions.
- Skin darkens or “tans” as melanin covers skin cells to protect DNA.
In an effort to equalize, the beauty brands are attempting to launch a shade for each ethnicity. This sounds good from a PR and marketing perspective, but it’s sending the wrong message: that if you have a certain skin tone, there’s only a specific range of colors available to you.
Undertones are either red, yellow or blue, and are determined by skin translucence, nutrition and the concentration of chromophores; hemoglobin, carotene, collagen and, of course, melanin. Here’s how:
- Our circulation affects undertone as oxygenated hemoglobin is red and deoxygenated hemoglobin is blue
- Phytonutrients ingested through diet eventually show up on the skin. For example: a high beta carotene diet results in a golden-orange tint
- A slightly yellow color is the sign of healthy collagen. However, the grey-yellow hue of sallow skin can be a sign of impaired collagen renewal
- There are two types of melanin visible in the skin: red-yellow pheomelanin and black-brown eumelanin
COOL: Pink, red or blue
NEUTRAL: No obvious overtones of red or blue. It’s a blend of cool and warm. Think varying levels of beige!
WARM: Yellow, peach or golden-olive
Knowing your undertone will help refine your beauty decisions. The cool-warm-neutral palette influences how shades look when you wear them, but keep in mind that reds, blues, purples, greens, oranges can all be either cool tones or warm tones, depending on the pigment used to create the shade.
VIOLA ROUGE EMPOWERS YOUR BEAUTY DECISIONS
Traditional theory states that lipstick colors are most flattering and impactful when they either match your skin color in level or contrast. At Viola Rouge, we’ve taken care of that so the only thing that matters is your personal style!
Lipstick selection facts:
- Selecting a nude shade lighter than the skin might not look great on deep skin tones.
- Vibrant pink shades aren’t always the best accent for pink undertones
SKIN TONE & UNDERTONE GLOSSARY
A specific combination of hue, saturation, and lightness.
What the human eye perceives of as skin color. It is the cumulation of skin tone and undertone.
Pure color without white or black added.
The lightness or darkness of a color.
Describes depth, warmth or coolness.
The degree of color saturation, it changes as white is added.
Generally described as light, medium or dark.
The underlying color that can be seen through the skin. Usually red, yellow or blue, but also referred to as cool, warm or neutral.
WHAT'S YOUR SKIN TONE?
Cosmetic colors are most flattering when they match the skin color in level or contrast for more impact. Find your skin tone and the VIOLA ROUGE shades designed to perfectly compliment any look you wear!