What Are The Different Undertones?
There are 3 undertones: warm, cool, and neutral. Warm undertones range from peach to golden. Some people with warm undertones have sallow skin. Cool undertones include pink and bluish hues. If you have a neutral undertone, this means that your undertone is almost the same color as your actual skin tone.
It’s important to note that your undertone isn’t the same thing as your natural tone, or the color of your naked skin before you put on foundation or any other makeup. Even the fair skin can have a warm undertone, and darker skin can have a cool one.
This is why matching your product to your skin color can become problematic when selecting makeup — it usually doesn’t blend with the natural hues that are just below the surface of your skin.
How Can I Tell Which One I Am?
Finding your skin’s undertone can be done at your home. You can make this determination using any one of the tests mentioned below
But if you’re still stuck, visit your aesthetician or consult with a beauty expert at a beauty counter like Ulta or Clinique. They can help you identify your undertone and may even be able to swatch different product shades until you find your ideal match.
Check Out Your Veins
If you can see your veins, you may be able to recognize their color to identify your undertone. For example, if your veins look greenish, then you might have warm undertones. People with blue or veins usually have cooler undertones. If you have neutral undertones, then your veins may appear like the color of your skin.
Assess Your Jewelry
Many people are more attracted to either silver or gold jewelry because of the way it looks against their skin. If you like the way traditional yellow gold looks on your skin, you’re more likely to have warm or olive undertones.
Rose gold, silver, and platinum tends to look more flattering on cooler undertones. If you tend to look good in both silver and gold and base your choice more on your outfit than your skin color, then you may have neutral undertones.
Throw On Something Neutral
Neutral-colored clothing can also indicate your undertones. True white tends to favor cooler undertones, while warm undertones look better in off-white. Warm undertones also tend to complement brown hues, while cooler tones look better in black. Like jewelry, you can wear all colors with no effect on your overall look, if you have neutral undertones.
Think About Your Eye And Hair Color
Although you might play with different hair dye colors and eyeshadows, your natural eye and hair color may provide some insights into your undertones. Platinum and ash-colored dyes tend to complement cooler undertones, while mahogany and golden dyes look better if you have warmer undertones. This is all-important information if you’re deciding on new hair color.
Consider How The Sun Affects Your Skin
No matter what your undertone, it’s important to wear sunscreen. Still, knowing the way your skin reacts to the sun can help determine your undertone, too. If you have a cool undertone, you’re likely to sunburn easily and perhaps apply sunscreen more often. If you tan but seem to never get burned, then you may have warm undertones.
Look For Ashen Or Gray Tones
If your skin appears more grey or ashen, then you might have a natural olive tone. This isn’t as common as warm, cool, or neutral, but is instead a combination of undertones. Olive skin has both natural and warm undertones, an undertone that is considered unique to olive skin only. If you have olive skin, then you might find that certain colors in all three undertones suit your skin.