Undertones 101

Friday, April 20, 2012
The word "undertone" is a little self explanatory. Your undertone is the underlying tone to your skin which can either be warm, cool, or neutral. Your undertone will always stay the same no matter how tan or pale you get during the changing seasons.

Knowing your undertone is important when it comes to makeup. Why? If you get a product that is the opposite of your undertone it will look a bit off. Sticking to products that compliment your undertone is the best way to play it safe in the world of cosmetics. 

Cool undertones are categorized by a pink, red, or blue hue to the skin. 

Warm undertones are categorized are categorized by a yellow or golden hue to the skin.

Neutral undertones are a mixture of both warm and cold undertones and are categorized by an olive hue to the skin. 

How do I determine my undertone?

There are several easy tests you can do by yourself, but if the ones mentioned below don't yield any definite results there is still the option of going to a makeup counter, a Sephora, or a Makeup Artist.

The quickest, easiest, and most reliable method of finding your undertone is doing the "vein check". Take a look at the veins in your wrist. If the veins appear blue, you are cool toned. If the veins appear green, you are warm toned. If you can't clearly distinguish if your veins are blue or green, you're probably neutral. 

The next way of figuring out your undertone is also simple. Do you look better in pure white or cream/ivory. If you look better in pure white, you're cool toned. If you look better in cream or ivory, you're warm toned. This may prove to be frustrating to pinpoint if you have neutral undertones.

The last way of finding out your undertone is determine if gold or silver compliment your skin. Silver is cool toned so it looks better on cool toned skin. Gold is warm toned so it looks better on warm toned skin. Neutral skin can wear either metal. 


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