Skin undertones are important for knowing how to select colors that look good on you, from makeup shades to hair colors. Here’s a complete guide on how to find your skin’s under tones and how to use this knowledge.
Have you ever noticed that some colors make you look great but some make you look pale or tired? Colors play an important role in determining your overall look and you can find out which colors look awesome on you based on your undertones. It is very important to pick the right shades based on your skin’s undertone. Picking the wrong shade of concealer, for example, will make your overall makeup look unnatural.
What are Skin Under Tones?
Skin under tones mean the tones that lie underneath your skin. There are three under tones of the skin—warm, cool, and neutral. The undertone of one’s skin plays a significant role in determining what kind of colors will suit them best.
How to Determine Your Skin’s Undertones
To determine your undertones, take a look at your veins. If they are green then you have a warm undertone but if they are blue or purple, then you have a cool undertone. You have a neutral undertone if you see a mix of green and blue.
Warm: If you have green veins then you probably have a warm undertone. Your skin has hints of yellow and gold in it. You will notice that your skin tans easily and rarely sunburns.
Cool: If you see bluish or purple veins then you have a cool undertone. Your skin has hints of bluish and pink in it. You will notice that your skin sunburns rather than getting tanned.
Neutral: If you see both green and purple veins then you have a neutral undertone. Your skin has no obvious bluish or pink hint to it.
Another way to find your undertone is to try on gold and silver jewelry. If you feel like gold jewelry looks better on you then you have a warm undertone. People with cool undertones silver jewelry flattering on them. But if you think that you can rock both metallic shades then you have a neutral undertone.
How to Use Your Under Tone Knowledge for Fashion Styling Choices
Here are some of the ways you can make your fashion choices based on what skin under tones you have. Simply speaking, knowing your undertones will save you tons of time and money.
Best Dress Colors According to Your Under Tones
If you have a warm undertone, then warm hues will make you look your best. On the other hand, if your under tones are cool, you will look good in bluish or cool tones. If you have a mix of blue and green veins, you do not have to worry about colors because any color will look amazing on you.
Read more about this on How to Give Yourself a Makeover.
Shade of Concealer According to Your Under Tones
Knowing your undertone will help you get the most suitable concealer for yourself. However, shades often vary between brands, so it’s ideal to try a couple before buying.
Read more about How to Choose a Concealer.
Shade of Blush According to Your Under Tones
Those who have cool undertones should go for blush shades that have a bluish-pink tone to them like berry, soft pink and mauve. Warm undertones should choose blush with yellowish tones like rosy pink, brick red, orange and scarlet. People with neutral undertones can go for any shade keeping their skin tone in mind.
Read more about Types of Blush and How to Choose the Right One.
Hair Color According to Your Under Tones
Choose a hair color that complements not just your complexion but also your undertones. Women with warm undertones should go for yellowy hues like caramel, golden brown, copper, strawberry blonde. Cool undertones often look good in bluish hues like pearl blonde, chestnut, mocha, burgundy and violet brown. People who have neutral undertones can pretty much rock any hair color.
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Shades of Jewelry According to Your Under Tones
Women with a warm undertone would look best when wearing warm shades of metal, like gold and rose gold. Opt for necklaces, earrings, and bracelets with these metal options so they’ll look lovely on their skin color. However, choosing white gold is preferable for women with cool undertones. And for those with neutral skin tones, white or yellow gold would look great on their skin features.
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Shilpa Ahuja the editor-in-chief of ShilpaAhuja.com, which she founded with the goal of inspiring confidence in the modern working woman through fashion. Other than defining the direction of the magazine, she also writes about fashion & beauty trend forecasts, industry analysis, and opinions.
Shilpa’s work has been published in the University of Fashion blog and Jet Airways magazine. She is also an artist, illustrator and cartoonist. She is also the creator of Audrey O., a comic series that represents the lifestyle of millennial women. She enjoys creative writing and world travel. Her art has been exhibited at Harvard Graduate School of Design and the Aroma Hotel, Chandigarh and been published in Chandigarh Times.
Originally from Chandigarh, Shilpa also has a degree in architecture and has worked in interior project management. She is also the author of the book “Designing a Chinese Cultural Center in India”. Shilpa has a Masters in Design Studies degree from Harvard University.
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