Do you struggle to find the best makeup color for your skin tone? Do you look back at pictures of yourself and notice that you maybe look orange or just “off” somehow? By choosing shades that naturally work with your skin tone, you’ll enhance your natural beauty. We hope to make this easier for you with our tips on figuring out your undertones.
While your surface skin tone may be porcelain, ivory, golden or cocoa, your undertones are just below the surface. Undertones are warm, cool or neutral.
If you see a yellow tone to your skin, your skin tans more easily, your veins have an olive or yellow tone, and you look better in warm, earth tones and metals, then you have warm yellow, golden or peach undertones.
If you see a blue or rosy tone to your skin, your skin tends to sunburn, your veins appear blue or purple, and you look better in cool or jewel tones, then you have cool pink, red or blue undertones.
If you see more of an olive or green tone to your skin, your veins appear yellow or olive, and all shades of eye shadow, clothing and jewelry look good on you, you may have neutral undertones. Neutral undertones have the benefit of looking great in every shade.
Yellow undertones are most common, whereas darker, more pigmented skin tends to have either yellow undertones (lighter skin) or red undertones (darker skin). Being fair or tan doesn’t necessarily mean you are one undertone versus another.
We recommend that you follow this guidance, though feel free to try the latest trends and colors. Ultimately, trust what you see. If your makeup doesn’t help you look or feel your best – don’t wear it!