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I see many beginners anxious to find some magic formula for skin colours. There isnt one, that is unless you want every portrait to look the same. The secret is to closely study your reference photo. Look for those reds, browns, blues, greens, oranges, purples etc. Start with deciding your highlight colour, paper white, cream etc. then pick a base colour closest to that in the reference, say light pink or beige. Add your layers very lightly, switching pencils as colours change on the photo. Look deeply into the colours making up the shadows, blues, purples, browns, indigo. Observe, think, choose carefully. Take your time, it's a slow process. You probably only need 6 to 8 pencils at most. It's more about how you blend your chosen colours.
Submitted by Rajo