Choosing the best foundation match, hair dye, or even red lipstick can be daunting. Beauty brands are offering more and more color options so we can have the closest and best possible matches. But with all these new choices available for us, it's so much easier to get it wrong.
Perhaps the most helpful thing to know to get your colors matched perfectly is your undertone. There are three classifications for undertones: warm, cool, and neutral. If you have warm undertones, your skin will lean peachy, yellow, or golden. If you have cool undertones, your skin will lean pink, red, or blue. And if you have neutral undertones, your skin will have some mixture of these colors.
Of course since these are undertones, they are much harder to detect than the general color of your skin. You (usually) can't simply look at yourself and just know that you have a medium skin tone with red undertones or a deep skin tone with yellow undertones. So how do you figure out what your undertones are? There are some sneaky clues hidden on your body and in your fashion choices to help out. Here are five of them.
1. What Color are Your Veins?
Check out the inside of your wrists. Do your veins appear blue or green? If they look blue/purple, you're cool-toned. If green, you're warm-toned. If you have trouble telling, you probably lean neutral.
2. What Colors Do You Look Best In?
Are there certain colors you find you look better in? If you look best rocking jewel-tones such as blues, purples, and emerald-greens, you're cool-toned. If you favor earth-tones such as reds, oranges, yellows, and olive-greens, you're warm toned. And for you lucky gals who can get away with all the colors, you have neutral undertones.
3. Gold or Silver?
Time to play dress-up. For science, right? Don your favorite pieces of jewelry. Do you look better in golds or silvers? If gold, you're warm-toned. If silver, cool-toned. Look equally good? I'm sure you're seeing the trend with this one...
4. Do You Burn or Tan?
How about when you spend some bonding time with Mr. Sun? If you burn easily or turn pink, you're cool-toned. If you tan, you're warm-toned. (If you don't know the answer to this one, just use the other questions. And always wear your sunscreen, people.)
5. What are Your Eye and Hair Colors?
If you have blue, grey, or green eyes with blonde, brown, or black hair that has platinum tones, you are most likely cool-toned. If you have brown, amber, or hazel eyes with strawberry blonde, auburn, or black hair that has gold tones, you are most likely warm-toned. (If the gold/silver test was inconclusive with your skin, try it with your hair.)
Tip: If you dye your hair, and the name of your color has the word ash or platinum, it's a cool-toned color. If the name has the word golden or mahogany, it's a warm-toned color.