I have fair or fair-medium skin with yellow undertones. Because I am so pale (lucky me), I can get away with wearing both cool and warm contour shades without a problem. For people with more medium to deep skin tones, you may find it is easier to go with a “warm” contour since sometimes the grey undertones can make you look ashy. For fair skin with cool undertones – choose MAC “Sculpt” or Makeup Geek “Infidelity”.
Left to Right: MAC “Sculpt”, Makeup Geek “Infidelity” MAC : Sculpt Makeup Geek : Infidelity These two shades are cool-toned. In the swatches, can see “Infidelity” is more pigmented, with a deeper ash-brown tone than MAC “Sculpt”. “Sculpt” is lighter, with a bone-undertone which can give an even more natural look to the contour. MAC describes “Sculpt” as a soft matte taupe. Personally, I prefer a heavy contour and find that “Infidelity” easily gives me the shadow effect that I prefer with less time building the product. Even if I choose to wear a warm-toned contour like “Bad Habit” or “Shadester” on my cheeks and forehead, I will often use “Infidelity” or “Sculpt” on my nose because they look more like a natural shadow and don’t make your nose look too warm or orange-ish, if that makes sense. For fair to medium skin with warm undertones – choose MAC “Shadester” or Makeup Geek “Bad Habit”.
Left to Right : MAC “Shadester”, Makeup Geek “Bad Habit” MAC : Shadester Makeup Geek : Bad Habit These two shades are much more similar and both warm-toned. Makeup Geek “Bad Habit” has more of a warm brown base while MAC “Shadester” has a warm golden base that MAC describes as a mid-tone leathery brown. Both give very similar effects on the skin and can easily be worn by people with fair or light medium skin tones. “Bad Habit” applies with heavier pigmentation, like all Makeup Geek contour powders, but MAC “Shadester” definitely has intense color payoff and is not far off in pigment concentration. You can’t go wrong with either!