We all wanna wear makeup and clothes that makes us look our best. But how do you do that? The first step is to figure out what your skin’s undertone is. Once you know that, you can easily choose the shades that enhance your coloring and avoid those that make you look sick and washed out.
How to determine your skin’s undertone
There are several tests you can do to determine your skin’s undertone. For more precise results, you should do them in natural light and with a clean, bare face. Lets’ get started:
Look at the veins on your inner wrist. If they appear mostly blue, you are cool toned, while if they look mostly green you are warm toned.
Get a piece of gold and a piece of silver jewellery (if you don’t have them, you can use gold and silver eyeliner instead). Wear them one at the time. If gold suits you more and makes you look glowy, you are warm toned. Silver looks better on you? Then you are cool toned.
White fabric test
Wrap a piece of white fabric around your bare neck (in alternative you can place a white piece of paper near your face or under your hand) and make sure you don’t wear any makeup on your face. The fabric will reflect the tone of your skin. If your skin looks more yellow, you have warm undertones, while if it looks more blueish you have cool undertones.
Tan or burn test
Do you tan easily? Then chances are you have warm undertones. If you burn easily or are unable to tan at all, you probably have cool undertones.
The way you look can also be an indicator of your undertone. People who are warm toned usually have yellow undertones in their skin; brown, green and hazel eyes; and brown, red and black hair (sadly none of these are always applicable to Asian people, many of whom erroneously think to have warm undertones, when they are actually neutral or even cool toned). People who are cool toned instead, usually have pink undertones and a rosy look; blue or grey eyes; and blonde, brown or black hair.
Still confused? You may be neutral-toned
Some people complete all the tests above only to find out that they don’t seem to fit properly in either camp. For instance, I look good both in silver and gold jewelry and my veins are both green and blue. I tend to burn easily and that’s a cool trait, but then that could be because my skin is very fair? And you can have fair skin that’s warm toned and dark skin that’s cool toned.. Are you still with me? It’s quite confusing, isn’t it? Well, no skintone is either cool or warm, but a blend of both. It’s just that in some people, the warm tones are more obvious and in others, the cool ones prevail. If neither prevails, then you are neutral-toned.
What colors should you use?
Now that you know what your skin’s undertone is, it’ll be easier for you to choose shades that work best for you. Here are the colors that work best for warm, cool and neutral toned ladies:
For the lips, cool toned ladies should choose reds with blue undertones, cool pinks, mauve and burgundy. On the eyes, use silver, grey, white, pink and jewel tones (such as sapphire and emerald). On the cheeks, cool pink and rosy blushes. What about foundation? Choose one that’s either neutral or pink-based.
If you have warm undertones, choose eyeshadows in earthy tones such as brown, olive, orange, yellow, bronze and copper. Gold is a great option too. For the lips, use orange-based reds and apricot, peachy shades. On the cheeks, use coral or peachy blushes. Finally, your foundation should be either yellow-based or peach-based.
If you have neutral undertones, you are lucky cos you can wear everything!
Now break the rules!
Now that you know the rules, break them! If, for instance, you are cool toned but want to wear gold eyeshadow, go for it. There are lots of gold shades around, some lighter, some darker, some warmer, others cooler, so you’ll find one that looks good on you. Sure, that same shade may be more flattering on those with warm undertones, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t pull it off as well. At the end of the day, you’ll never know what suits you until you try it. Just remember to stick to the rules when it comes to buying foundation!
Are you cool, warm or neutral toned?