What Is Olive Skin? The #1 Factor that Sets Olive Skin Apart
Knowing exactly what type of skin you have not only can help at the makeup counter. It can help you find the right products specifically for your skin tone.
But what if you’re not sure?
It’s not uncommon to confuse olive skin with golden tan. And not all medium-brown skin tones possess that green tinge unique to olive-skinned beauties.
So then, what is olive skin? Does the term include all women with naturally-tanned complexions? Where do you draw the line?
Exactly, What Is Olive Skin? Do I Have It?
Olive skin can include light brown skin tones between pale and dark – but not always. Where light olive skin may have cream to beige tones, dark olive complexions can vary from moderate brown.
What really sets olive skin apart is the natural green pigment (mixed with shades of red and yellow) slightly visible on the surface of the skin. For some women, these olive hues can give the skin an almost gray or ashen appearance.
What is olive skin? To answer this, let’s take a closer look at the undertones beneath the surface.
Skin Undertones and What They Mean for Olive Skin
Most olive women have neutral undertones (a special mixture of warm and cool) beneath a blend of green, red, and yellow pigment. But because the pigment has a slight green tint to it (unique to olive skin), it may be difficult to find the right foundation to match.
Not sure what skin undertones are? Read all about skin undertones here. When you’re done, find out which underlying colors your skin has in this guide (coming soon).
What About the Fitzpatrick Scale?
When you think of olive skin, you probably picture a bronzed complexion. But did you know there are actually many different shades of olive?
It all depends on the amount of color-enhancing melanin your body produces.
Olive skin typically falls in the Type IV and Type V range on the Fitzpatrick Scale – an effective way to classify your skin based on genetic attributes and your skin’s reaction to sunlight. But while olive skin can tan reasonably well, it often runs into hyperpigmentation problems (we talk about these in another guide).
The Fitzpatrick Scale is an excellent tool to determine how best to care for your unique skin type – even if you’re not olive! Read more about the Fitzpatrick Scale here (coming soon).
So, I Have Olive Skin. How Does It Affect Me?
We’ve talked about what olive skin is and characteristics of women who have it. But olive skin does come with its own sets of problems, from oily skin to discoloration.
In this article (coming soon), we dive into more detail while giving you useful advice to prevent common skin care issues.
What Else Should I Know About Olive Skin?
It can be tough finding the right cosmetics amidst a sea of pricey concealers, mineral makeup, and facial cleansers – especially when you have olive skin.
On Olive Skin Beauty, we’ll help you…
- Unleash your natural beauty, eliminate acne, and erase dark blemishes with best skin care practices and routines designed specifically for olive skin.
- Find the right foundation, concealer, and blush to flatter your complexion (and learn about which cosmetics to stay far away from).
- Bring out the natural colors of your eyes with advanced eyeshadow techniques and eye-popping makeup shades you can apply day or night.
- Discover dozens of sultry lip shades, from glosses to lipsticks and lip liner pencils, and learn how best to apply them.
- Complement your personal style with professional nail design tutorials you can do from home.
Hopefully now you have a better idea of what olive skin is and how it affects you.
What about you? Do you love the skin you’re in? How do you care for your olive skin? Share your experiences in the comment section below!