What’s my Skin Tone: Cool or Warm?

Your skin’s undertone is the warm, cool, or neutral hue that shows through the skin. Although the surface color of the skin changes depending on sun exposure and other skin conditions (such as acne) the skin’s undertone remains consistent. Knowing your skin tone is essential when choosing make-up such as foundation or powder, if you get it wrong your make-up will not look natural. Here are some tips in discovering yours:

  • Tan: If you tan easily and do not burn, you most likely have a warm undertone (yellow/olive colour). However, some African-American women with deep ebony skin tones may actually have a cool undertone (blue/red/pink colour) that espresso-type shades match perfectly. Those who burn or don’t tan at all have cool undertones which may have obvious signs of redness or flush easily.
  • The Shortcut Test: Look at the color of your veins. If your veins appear blue/purple you have cool undertones and if your veins appear green you have warm undertones. Those with neutral undertones will have difficulty discerning the blue/green.
  • The Jewellery Test*: Another common “test”, this one involves working out whether you suit gold or silver jewellery better. Gold means warm undertones and silver means cool undertones.
  • Get a Facial! The perfect reason to treat yourself, a trained skin therapist or dermatologist will be able to identify you skin tone for you. Your therapist should always do this during your consultation anyway, so just ask!

*personally, I don’t think this is a very reliable way of telling your skin tone as you may suit gold but prefer silver or vice versa.

What’s your skin tone? Let me know in the comments below!


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