Have you ever tried on a blouse or a shade of lipstick that makes your skin, eyes, and face come alive, only to try another one that is almost exactly the same shade but it makes you look tired and washed out? The first one probably matched your skin’s surface tone and undertone perfectly, while the second shade may have a totally wrong undertone. If you kind of understand, but do not really know the difference between surface tone and undertone? Join the club. When it comes to fashion and beauty, there are few buzzwords as prevalent as cool undertones and warm undertones. In fact, we are always hearing that identifying which category we fall into is integral to our overall attractiveness, but finding out where we fall is still shrouded in confusion. The first step in grasping the concept is understanding that our skin’s surface tone is the color you would describe yourself as having (ivory, light, medium, tan, dark, etc.) Your skin’s undertone is the color underneath the surface. Here are some steps for figuring out which category you fit into.
First, check your veins. Seriously, push your sleeves up right now and look at the veins on the inside of your wrist!! Are they blue or green? If they look more blue, you likely have cool undertones. If the veins look greenish, you are warm. Next is the neutral test. Think about what neutral shades flatter you best. Does your skin, eyes, and face look better in bright white and black hues, or ivory, off whites, and brown / tan shades? The former means you are probably cool toned, and the latter, warm. Now think about your natural eye and hair color, as they can help you figure out your coloring as well. Customarily, cool people have eyes that are blue, gray, or green and have blond, brown, or black hair with blue, silver, violet and ash undertones. Conversely, warm toned women usually have brown, amber, or hazel eyes with strawberry blond, red, brown, or black hair. Their hair tends to have gold, red, orange, or yellow undertones. Lastly, find which colors look best on you. There is no denying that certain colors will make you look better regardless of your skin’s undertone. Warm toned girls should lean toward yellows, oranges, browns, yellow-greens, and warm reds, while cool toned girls should wear blues, greens, pinks, purples, blue-greens, magentas, and true blue based reds.