What’s Your Color? Color Matching for Fitzpatrick Types IV Through VI

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In the world of aesthetics, understanding the skin and its health is critical to ensuring the most optimal results of a treatment plan. Obtaining these results depends on which services, treatments, and products are the right fit for a specific client and their goals. In the world of makeup, choosing the correct undertone, colors for color correction, and complexion are an important process for a balanced, natural look. This article we will discuss what steps to take to determine undertone and the importance of color correction in creating an even and flawless natural complexion for women of color.

For years, models with Fitzpatrick IV, V, and VI have struggled within the beauty and fashion industry. Many have felt inclined to bring their own makeup to ensure they do not look ashy, end up with a much lighter complexion, or an incorrect undertone. This can occur because of makeup artists not having a full range of colors in their kit and a lack of knowledge on how to color match for deeper complexions. Professional makeup artists’ jobs are to be able to have kits prepared to service every level of the Fitzpatrick scale and to be educated in how to choose proper shades for color correction, complexion, and undertone. There are three steps that can determine the right colors and how they can aid in matching each client for the proper foundations, concealers, and powders.




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Mariasa Slaughter


Born and raised in Chicago, Illinois, Mariasa Slaughter is a makeup artist and licensed aesthetician and holds a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She is passionate about the skin, its conditions, and treatments, promoting and educating ways to reach one’s goals, and keeping up on trends and tailoring them to her style of beauty. Beauty, although her first love, is not Slaughter’s only passion. She loves writing, language, and anything she can get her hands on to read. She spends a lot of time reading to gain knowledge on anything from skin care and makeup to cooking and budgeting.


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