I personally find beige in clothing and upholstery difficult enough to distinguish let alone skin. However, beige skin tone is a real skin tone pretty common throughout the world. Since it’s essentially neutral, it’s easier to confuse with other skin tones, especially those with neutral undertones.
But after much research, I’m here to talk at length about this skin color and how to take care of it, and what makeup to use with it. And I’ll also name some celebrities with this skin tone, so you have a better understanding to determine your skin tone (whether it’s beige or not).
- Beige-colored skin tone is fair to light brown with neutral undertones.
- It can tan easily and may appear more brownish when out in the sun. However, sun protection is still necessary.
- There are several variations or types of beige skin, ranging from light to dark with varying undertones.
- The skin type can also vary, so adopt skincare products that are designed for your particular skin type.
- Beige skin is pretty common around the world although it most likely originates from southern Europe and Asia.
What is Beige Skin Tone?
Beige skin is a neutral skin tone that ranges from fair to light brown. While the skin undertones are neutral, beige skin can have green or yellow undertones when tanned. So you can say it’s closer to olive skin tone without the distinctive olive undertones.
There’s no single beige skin tone rather a few variations that vary based on the actual tone and undertones. Beige skin with cool undertones is typically fairer, whereas that with neutral or slightly warm undertones (like yellow) tends to be tanner.
In essence, if you have beige skin, your skin will be more on the brown or yellow side of the skin spectrum.
On the Fitzpatrick scale, beige skin can be considered type III. However, I will say that the Fitzpatrick scale is limiting because it doesn’t take into account the distinctions that come from undertones. If we were to go with that pigmentation scale, we would only have six types of skin tones, which is far less than what we actually have. Yes, human skin is more diverse than you thought!
A good way to determine whether you have beige skin is to look at your veins on the arm, especially the wrist. People with beige skin have green or bluish-green veins.
A distinctive characteristic of this skin shade is that its undertones are indifferent to the sun. In other words, your skin may appear darker after a day out in the sun or in the tanning bed, but the most neutral undertones will remain the same, making your skin the darker kind of beige.
Geographical and Ethnic Roots of Beige Skin Tone
Beige skin is spread throughout the world and is not exclusive to one country or ethnicity. However, some regions or countries have more population with this skin tone.
The Middle East and Latin America have beige skin in predominance, including all shades of beige. North Africa and East Africa also have people with beige skin, albeit more on the darker end of the spectrum because of the sunny desert conditions.
There are people with beige skin in the Western and Northern hemispheres as well (in Europe and North America) mainly due to immigration.
Beige Skin Tone Types
As I mentioned, there is no one type of beige skin. There are multiple shades of beige skin. However, whether fair or slightly dark, beige skin looks closer to gold skin tone (a skin color with warm undertones) than skin tones with a cool undertone.
Now, there are several types of beige skin:
- Soft Beige: Light beige skin color is called soft beige as it’s closer to fair skin tones like ivory or porcelain. However, those white skin tones have cool undertones, whereas soft beige has a neutral or slightly warm (yellowish) undertone.
- Sandy Beige: Dark beige skin color is referred to as sandy beige. This beige color has more brown in it, so the skin color would be considered light or, when tanned, brown. This skin tone is even found on the Indian subcontinent.
- Rose Beige: When soft beige skin tone has a pink undertone, it is considered rose beige. This skin tone is not as common as the other two types of beige.
Celebrities with Beige Skin Tone
So many celebrities have beige skin. Yes, celebrities often have had work done on their skin, which also sometimes impacts their skin color. Also, with such different light, camera work, and editing, it can be hard to be sure whether a celebrity that appears to have beige skin actually has beige skin.
But let’s not get into all that confusion. Here are the celebrities are known to have a beige skin color:
- Jessica Alba
- Jennifer Aniston (she has rose beige)
- Kelly Osbourne
- Kate Hudson
- Ariana Grande
- Carrie Underwood
Skin Care Tips for Beige Skin Tone
Beige skin tone is super versatile, much like other shades of skin that range from light to brown. With a little love from the sun, the skin can appear tanner. But even without spending time in the sun, those neutral or yellow undertones give the skin a natural subtle hint of brown.
Of course, to make the best of your skin tone, you have to take care of your skin. Here’s what I recommend:
Pay Attention to Skin Type
Your skin tone doesn’t really determine the skincare routine or products. Your skin type does. So rather than focusing on your skin tone, focus on your skin type.
There are three major types of skin: dry, oily, and normal/combination. Fortunately, beige skin is less likely to be sensitive because it doesn’t necessarily come under fair skin tones, which are more likely to be sensitive. Nevertheless, if you do have a sensitive skin condition like acne or eczema, your skincare will depend a lot on it.
Use SPF to Prevent Photodamage
Sunscreen is important for all skin types and tones because even if your skin is not as prone to getting tanned, it can still probably get photodamaged from long exposure. Since beige skin leans more towards fair skin types, it’s highly recommended to use SPF on top of your moisturizer or in it.
SPF 15 or higher should do the job. But if you’re going to spend the whole day at the beach tanning, go with at least SPF 30.
The CeraVe Tinted Mineral Sunscreen with SPF 30 is a good choice for normal everyday use as well as when sunbathing on the beach. It has both Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide.
You can even find foundations with SPF now. The Covergirl Outlast Extreme Wear Liquid Foundation has several shades of beige (natural beige, warm beige, and medium beige) and has SPF 18 to protect skin from UV rays.
Beware of Hyperpigmentation
Those with sandy beige skin tone may be more susceptible to dark spots because they have slightly more melanin in their skin. Many skin problems or conditions can lead to dark spots or even hyperpigmentation.
If you have dark spots, there are plenty of natural remedies as well as organic products you can use. Dark spot correctors can help target those spots exclusively and lighten them to make your face more even-toned. The Neutrogena Rapid Tone Repair Dark Spot Corrector is a viable serum as it contains two actives retinol and vitamin C.
Makeup Tips for Beige Skin Tone
When it comes to makeup choices, here’s what you should know:
Experiment with Your Foundation
Beige skin people are lucky when it comes to finding a foundation. With so many different variations of beige, often mixed with other tones, you can easily find one that’s a perfect match for your skin tone.
That said, it doesn’t hurt to experiment a bit and use a foundation a little different from your exact tone. For instance, if you want a cool undertone, go with a pink beige or soft beige foundation with hints of rose/pink in it.
Similarly, if you want to go a shade darker and want a more tanned look, go with medium or dark beige that’s more brownish with neutral undertones. L’Oreal Paris True Match Super-Blendable Foundation offers myriads of shades, so you have a lot of different options to choose from.
Use Concealer to Hide Dark Spots
If you have dark spots or hyperpigmentation on your beige skin, concealer will save the day, especially when you don’t want to wear a full-blown foundation but also don’t want to show the marks or spots.
The Covergirl TruBlend Undercover Concealer has several beige shades that should cover your dark spots nicely and blend well. With concealer go with the exact tone or as close to it as possible.
Beige skin tone is essentially a fair skin type that can also look more brownish, so it’s somewhere between light skin and brown skin.
The skin type can vary, which will ultimately determine your skincare routine and needs. However, in terms of makeup beige skin is a gift from the heavens above because you can easily find foundations and concealers that match your skin and complement it.