6 Basic Skin Types

While there is a vast array of beautiful people throughout the world, and a multitude of ethnic backgrounds, I find it helpful to group them into 6 basic skin types in order to approach the process of painting skin tones in a pastel portrait. Here is a chart I've created representing the 6 basic skin types; pale, fair, medium, olive, naturally brown, and very dark brown/black. My portrait palette box is organized to represent all of these skin types, so that I'm always prepared for any skin type I may encounter. Samples of each skin type are represented below.