Apart from our general skin tone and complexion, there is another factor that defines our look: skin undertone.
But what is the difference between skin tone, complexion, and undertone?
- Skin tone is the literal color of your skin: it can be fair, tanned, brown, or dark, with variations in the pigmentation. It fully depends on genetics and is influenced by sun exposure and melanin production.
- The complexion is the natural color, texture, and appearance of the skin, taking into consideration the natural hair and eye color. So its the general appearance.
- The skin undertone is the skin color below the surface, which makes every skin tone and complexion unique. And it can’t be changed: it’s either cool, warm, or neutral.
At first, this may seem like an unnecessary detail because it will not change your life in any way. However, there are a couple of reasons that motivate us to recognize our undertone:
- You can choose better makeup colors to suit our complexion
- You can choose clothes and accessories which complement your skin
- You can decide on hair colors that suit your skin complexion
This article will help you identify YOUR skin undertone and will give some tips on how to choose makeup and hair colors according to your result!
Let’s dive in!
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Your skin is cool if you are able to see slight blue, red, pink, or purple shades. You can easily see that when you compare your skin to a piece of smooth white paper on natural light.
The skin undertone is the same on the face and the other body areas.
Another way to make sure you are cool-toned, according to a research piece published by the International Journal of Textile, is to look at the veins on your wrists. If they are bluish or purplish, then you are cool-toned.
But what does this mean?
The makeup you buy and use should enhance your skin undertone. As a result, people with cool tone are advised to use non-yellow or orange foundations, bb creams, and tinted moisturizers, but colder and more ashy tones.
In terms of eyeshadow and powder face products, stick to blue, purple, red, pink, greish and silver. This way, your makeup will look more natural and not overdone.
Cool skin tones don’t go well with red or golden blonde hair color (in none of their variations and shades.) Instead, go for ashy blonde (ombre, balayage, highlights), dark brown, or black.
Warm skin is characterized by yellow, peach, green, olive, or golden shades. Again, you can identify the color when you compare your skin to a sheet of white paper, or you can check out the color of your veins (on the wrist.) If they are greenish or olive color, you are warm-toned.
If you are warm skinned, foundations, creams, and tinted moisturizers with slight yellow, olive, or peachy note will make your skin look naturally smooth, even, and fresh. Such products will blend perfectly into your skin instead of appearing like a mask on your face or being cakey.
For powder products: coral, red, brown, gold, and maroon will enhance the beauty of your skin and will complement your natural vibe.
Here ashy blonde and brown are a NO-GO. Instead, dark blonde and golden brown hair colors enhance the beauty of your warm skin. Even having some golden highlights make the difference!
Besides, all shades and hints of red, from ginger to burgundy, are also a great fit to warm skin!
If you are with a neutral undertone, you will find difficulty in categorizing your skin as cool or warm, so the best way to proceed is to look at your wrist veins. For neutral skin, they appear to be bluish-greenish.
You are lucky here! Everything suits you, and choosing a too warm or cool-toned foundation is not a mistake! Both of them compliment your glow and blend with the natural tone.
The same applies to powder products: you can rock any look: from gold and silver to purple and red! However, the color of your eyeshadow, lipstick, and blush have to complement the color of your eyes and hair. This way, you will get the best result.
Again, lucky you! The glow of the neutral skin tones can be enhanced by any hair color: from ashy blonde to dark red. The advantage here is that you can mix colors and play with different combinations of balayage and highlights.
Again, one important thing you should keep in mind is how your hair color complements the color of your eyes.