7 surefire ways to determine your skin undertone

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Are you warm or cool? When it comes to finding the perfect lipstick, foundation and hair colour for your skin tone, it’s important to determine your undertone. Yes, they are completely different. The surface (skin) tone is what you see when you look in the mirror; fair, light medium, dark. Your undertone is the subtle, more muted tone that lies underneath the skin. This will affect which colours suit you. After all, the main objective is to enhance your features. Try these few hacks to help determine your skin undertone!

Note: There are three general undertones

* Cool: think yellow, peachy, and golden.
* Warm: think red, pink, and bluish
* Neutral: think olive or a mix of those above.

Start fresh

Remove your make-up and wash your face completely.

Get lit

Make sure you have proper lighting. Try to choose a room with a large window, or one that offers a lot of natural lighting.

Do a colour test

Hold a blue or green shirt up to your face. Next, hold a yellow or red shirt up next to your face. If your skin looks better against the blue shirt, you probably have a cool skin tone. If it looks better against the red shirt, you probably have a warm skin tone. Cool-toned people usually have hints of pink, blue and olive undertones or a ruddy complexion, while warm-toned skin has yellow, gold, or peachy undertones and a more sallow complexion.

Get vein

Look at the veins in your wrists. People with cool skin tones tend to have blue or purple coloured veins, while people with warm skin tones will have greenish looking veins.

Tan much?

How does your skin react to the sun? If you tan easily you have a warm skin tone. If your skin burns but you don’t tan very well, you have a cool skin tone.

Do the jewellery test

Use jewellery to help you determine your skin tone. Gold accessories work well with warm skin tones and silver works best for cooler skin tones.

It’s in the eyes

Blue and green specks in your eyes can also indicate a cool skin tone, while golden specks in your eyes indicate warmer skin tones.

If can’t decide and you feel you fall in the middle of the spectrum – you’re neutral and you’re lucky because all colours look great on you and you can rock any look you want!

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Louise is a freelance writer with a passion for words. She believes that writing is the catalyst that enables us to connect and share with others in a meaningful and fun way. When she’s not entwined with fantasy books, she’s full of zest and bouncing off the walls. She’s obsessed with running and has completed the Two Oceans Ultra Marathon four times, her other greatest obsession is shoes!

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  1. Zaheera Packery

    Thank you for the article! Spot on, and a great way of finding what suits you!

    2 months ago •

  1. Humaira Motala

    Ive found this really helpful for choosing out jewelery . Thank You !

    3 months ago •

  1. Christina Somduth

    Really helpful when choosing a foundation

    3 months ago •

  1. Teresa De Villiers

    Extremely informative information on skin tones !!!

    4 months ago •

  1. Tembisa Maqungu

    I definitely have a warm undertone, my veins are evidently greenish and gold jewellery suits me better.

    4 months ago •

  1. SonellvN

    This has been a very helpful article. I fall in the neutral category. Thank you!

    5 months ago •

  1. Lee-Andra Maans

    MY SKIN TONE IS DEFINITELY COMPLIMENTED WHEN I WEAR GOLD JEWELLERY AND YES I BURN EASILY……..IT’S ACTUALLY SAD.

    5 months ago •

  1. Linda Tutu

    I’m still not sure, though I like silver jewellery better, it could a preference not that it looks better than gold. I guess I have to practise?

    5 months ago •

  1. Diana Van Den Berg

    I’m definitely a cool tone, due to the fact my veins are blue purple.

    5 months ago •

  1. Cheryl

    Thank you for this informative article. I never realized that I have a cool skin tone. I tend to wear foundation only on very special occasions because I don’t like to look plastered. Thank you again.

    5 months ago •

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