Before you remove the product, be sure to take a photo and/or examine each shade more closely. This is when you can really see which ones work best against your skin tone. Finishing your swatching session by properly cleansing the arm. Remove product with makeup wipes and baby oil. “The oil helps remove makeup products completely off of the skin so there is no color residue left over,” says Ofunne.

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Start Swatching!

Cocoa Swatches founder Ofunne Amaka shares her quick and easy guide for testing makeup against skin tones.

Nikki Brown
May, 11, 2016

It doesn’t matter if you’re a beauty novice or schooled pro. Makeup swatching is the best way to discover what shades look best against your skin tone. Chances are you’ve seen beauty bloggers embrace this technique on social media, but it isn’t exclusive to them.

If you’re perusing the latest at Sephora and the options seem endless, swatching at the counter will take a little extra time, but ultimately, save you tons of cash. Let’s be honest; there’s nothing worse than seeing the “perfect” color only to discover it’s quite the opposite after you’ve purchased.

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For those who don’t know, swatching is best defined as drawing a series of makeup shades in one line down the arm. And yes, this method works for all kinds of products: lipsticks, shadows, liners and more.

It’s a pretty straightforward process, but if you’re still clueless about application, we’ve got you covered. With the help of Cocoa Swatches’ Ofunne Amaka, we’ve giving you a step-by-step guide using one of our favorite April BeautyBox products: the Mally Evercolor Shadow Stick.

Let’s get started!