Skin tone v Undertone

Skin tone refers to the color of the skin as it appears on the surface. As you now know, skin tones can range from ivory to very dark brown. Meanwhile, skin undertone refers to the tones present underneath the surface of the skin and provide its hue. Skin undertones can range from warm to cool.

Color that has the same undertone as your undertone will make you look brighter and healthier

6 ways to tell if your skin has ‘cool’, ‘neutral’ or ‘warm’ undertones

Look in natural light

  1. Take a look at the veins on the inside of your wrist. Do they appear more blue or green? If your veins appear more blue, you’re cool-toned but if you see more green, you’re warm-toned. If you see a fair amount of both both green and blue, you have a neutral undertone.This is easier to see on paler skin tones and isn’t the best test for those with deeper skin.
  2. “Another great undertone test is to wear a white T-shirt or dress,” suggests Aimee; “If your skin looks a touch rosy think cool-toned, if your face looks more yellow think warm-toned if you don’t really see a change, most definitely think neutral-tones.”
  3. Do you look best in gold, silver or rose gold jewellery? Aimee says if you love to wear silver it’s common for you to have a cool undertone, whereas if you look better with gold jewellery, it’s likely you have a warm undertone.If rose gold suits you best, or you look good with both silver and gold jewellery, she says chances are you have a neutral undertone. Though remember, personal taste, fashion and budget will all play a big part in which you choose to wear.
  4. When you’ve spent a lengthy amount of time in the sun, how does your skin react? Aimee says this can help you gauge your undertone; “If you turn pink or burn easily in the sun you likely have a cool undertone, if you tan easily and go golden quick you will have a warm undertone, and if you burn a little but tan too you most likely have a neutral undertone.”
  5. Look at your swatches in artificial light and again in the daylight. Try not to think about which shades look ‘too dark’ or ‘too light’, but which two columns look too pink, orange or yellow against your skin, and which column is harder to identify as ‘too’ anything. That third column will tell you which undertone you have
  6. Have you ever thought that certain colour look better on you? If you find yourself opting for earth tones, such as yellows, oranges, red and olive-green, you’re probably warm-toned. If you prefer jewel-tones such as blues, emerald-greens and purples, for flattering your complexion, you’re most likely cool toned. Personal preference of course also affects our colour choices.