Knowing if your undertone is warm, cool or neutral is the key to ensuring that your foundation matches and color products look natural. When foundation doesn't properly match skin’s undertone, the color stands out. If makeup looks like the right color in the package but looks odd once you have applied, you've most likely purchased makeup with the incorrect undertone for your skin.
Here are some ways to determine your skin tone:
o If you tan easily and do not burn, you most likely have a yellow-to-olive, warm undertone. This is true for most African-American and women of Indian descent. Some African-American women with deep ebony skin tones may actually have a cool undertone, so dark copper shades look off but espresso-type shades match.
- Those who burn and either tan minimally or not at all have cooler undertone. A cool skin tone has obvious signs of redness or tends to flush easily. Some neutral skin tones fall into this category, so experiment with cool to neutral tones to see what works best for you.
- Olive skin tones tend to look somewhat ashen or gray. Neutral tones tend to work best, but experiment with warm tones as well, as you may fall somewhere in between.
- Neutral skin tones are those with no obvious overtones of olive, sallow, or pink. Neutral skin tone tends to have the easiest time finding foundation, concealer, and powders that are just right for them. In fact, those with neutral skin tones may find they can easily wear more than one shade in any given foundation lineup.
The vein test: Look at the veins on the inside of your wrist. If your veins appear blue/purple you are in the cool-toned. If your veins appear green, you are in the warm-toned. Those with neutral undertones will have difficulty discerning the blue/green.
The Teeth test: If you are not sure if the color will work for you, you can hold the color up to mouth. If it brightens your skin and teeth appear whiter that is the color for you.
Choosing Make up Colors
o Redheads with fair to medium skin tones tend to wear corals, salmon, browns, ambers, bronze, and other earth tones.
o Blondes with fair skin to medium skin tones favor a range of pink shades.
o Brunettes with fair to medium skin tones like are often seen in light rose and soft red shades.
o Women with dark brown hair and fair to medium skin tones wear more vivid shades of rose and cherry.
o Black hair and deeper skin tones wear soft natural tones such as nude pinks, soft browns, and corals.
It is also easy to see that there are exceptions to the rule.
In other words, choosing color can be as diverse and versatile as changing your clothes.
To be safe, stay with the basics, but anything goes as long as it is worn in balance and the colors work together.
I hope this was helpful and thank you for reading!