Being aware of ways to determine your skin tone before purchasing products for your complexion is crucial.
Have you ever bought foundation and ended up feeling like it was too light for your skin? Maybe you’ve used a concealer and it was too yellow? This is likely due to the fact that the concealer didn’t match your skin’s undertones or tone. Use our tips below to identify your undertone, and then discover our top products for your skin tone.
How to Determine Your Undertone?
Although it’s fairly easy to determine if your skin is fair, light, medium, dark, or deep, determining your undertones may be more difficult. In simple terms, there are three kinds: cool, neutral, and warm. Knowing which one you have will help you find the best shade of foundation and concealer and also identify which shades of lipstick, blush, and eyeshadows best match your complexion.
One method to help in determining your undertone is by looking at the veins that run along the inner side of your wrist. If they’re an emerald-blue hue, it means you’re in the cool-toned category. If your veins look green, you’re warm-toned. If your veins are somewhere between green and blue, most likely you have a neutral-colored skin.
You can also examine the jewelry you wear to find your skin’s undertone. It’s all personal preference, but does gold or silver jewelry suit you better? If you’re on the side of silver, then you could be cool-toned. If gold is more your style, then you could be warm-toned. If both look amazing, then you’re probably neutral-toned.
If You Have a Fair or Light Skin Tone
Fair skin tones usually have neutral or cool undertones. They are also prone to skin redness and issues like rosacea. Light skin tones tend to be neutral or cool, but it’s not rare to see light skin that has warm undertones. Tips: Make sure your cosmetics cabinet is stocked with gentle moisturizers and sunscreens that have a high SPF.
Product Choices: A green-colored corrector, such as the Lancome Teint Idole Ultra Camouflage Corrector in Green, is a great product to keep in your bag to help counteract the redness that could be visible on your skin. We also love how dusting a light or neutral bronzer can make fair and light complexions come alive. L’Oreal Paris Infallible 24H Fresh Wear Soft Matte Bronzer in Fair is a fantastic option.
If You Have a Medium Skin Tone
Most people who have medium complexions have neutral undertones, which makes it easy for them to find products such as foundation and concealer. Just make sure you stay away from products that are too warm or too cool. One exception is medium skin with olive undertones. If you have olive skin, you will likely have warm undertones and can tan easily.
Product Choices: The shade selection in the famous Giorgio Armani Beauty Luminous Silk Foundation offers a wide range of shades for medium skin tones and, if you have medium olive skin tone, the shade 6 is specially designed for you. If you prefer a full-coverage foundation with a matte finish, the Maybelline New York Fit Me Matte + Poreless Liquid Foundation comes in a variety of medium shades.
If You Have a Deep or Dark Skin Tone
Skin tones that are dark and deep can range from espresso and copper tones, to darker browns or ebony. Besides the overall tone, dark and deep skin tones can be cool or warm, as well as neutral. Hyperpigmentation is a common skin issue, so look for ingredients that brighten your skin and don’t forget the SPF.
Product Picks: IT Cosmetics CC+ Nude Glow Lightweight Foundation and Glow Serum with SPF40 is a must-have in your makeup bag because of its dark shades that have different undertones. It’s also made with ingredients that can help correct dryness and uneven skin tone.
Quick Tip: We also love this Unique Beauty Soft Pinch Blush, especially for skin with darker tones because they’re highly pigmented, shimmer beautifully and are easy to apply.
Tips to Determine Your Skin Tone
Your skin tone is the natural color of your skin, which can range from fair to dark. Knowing your skin tone can help you choose the right makeup, hair color, and clothing that will complement your complexion and enhance your features. But how can you determine your skin tone? Here are some tips to help you find out:
• If you are not sure about your skin tone, you can ask a friend or a professional makeup artist to help you determine it. They can also give you some advice on what colors and products would suit you best.
• Use online tools or apps that can analyze your skin tone based on your selfie or a photo of your wrist. However, make sure to use natural lighting and avoid filters or editing that can alter your skin color.
• Experiment with different colors and see how they make you feel and look. Try to wear colors that contrast with your skin tone, such as cool colors for warm skin tones and warm colors for cool skin tones. This can make your skin look more vibrant and healthy.
• Mix and match colors that are similar to your skin tone, such as neutral colors for neutral skin tones and pastel colors for fair skin tones. This can create a harmonious and elegant look.
• Use makeup to adjust your skin tone or create different effects. For example, you can use bronzer, blush, or highlighter to add warmth, color, or glow to your skin. You can also use foundation, concealer, or powder to even out your skin tone or cover any imperfections.
Ways to Determine Your Skin Tone FAQs
What is skin tone and why is it important to know it?
Skin tone is the natural color of your skin, which can range from fair to dark. Knowing your skin tone can help you choose the right makeup, hair color, and clothing that will complement your complexion and enhance your features.
How can I determine my skin tone by looking at my veins?
One way to determine your skin tone is by looking at the color of your veins on the inside of your wrist. If your veins appear blue or purple, you have a cool skin tone. If your veins appear green or olive, you have a warm skin tone. If your veins appear blue-green or hard to tell, you have a neutral skin tone.
How can I determine my skin tone by using the jewelry test?
Another way to determine your skin tone is by using the jewelry test. Hold a piece of gold and a piece of silver jewelry next to your face and see which one makes your skin look more radiant and healthy. If gold jewelry suits you better, you have a warm skin tone. If silver jewelry suits you better, you have a cool skin tone. If both gold and silver jewelry suit you equally well, you have a neutral skin tone.
Knowing your skin tone can help you enhance your natural beauty and express your personal style. By using the methods above, you can easily determine whether you have a cool, warm, or neutral skin tone and choose the colors that suit you best.
However, remember that your skin tone is not the only factor that influences your appearance. You should also consider your skin type, undertone, eye color, hair color, and personal preference when choosing makeup, hair color, and clothing. The most important thing is to feel confident and comfortable in your own skin.