Want that new foundation? What’s your skin tone?
This question keeps coming up as designers and manufacturers these days are putting out more and more colours in fashion and beauty to help match our skin and flatter our skin tones as much as possible. But that makes choosing from the wider array that much harder.
Learning what colours work for our skin tone is the necessary step to help you pick the right shade of beauty products or dress better. Identifying which shades and hues work for you earlier eliminates the issues of sabotaging yourself.
What happens when you don’t know your skin tone well?
- If you like a shade that doesn’t look flattering on you, you compensate it with makeup or accessories.
- You make the wrong purchases just because you like how it looks in the stores.
- You avoid colours that you didn’t know you could pull off.
What is my skin tone?
When determining your skin tone, you actually need to figure out two things:
- Your surface colour
- Your undertones
Surface colour: how much pigmentation you have in your skin
Undertone: that subtle muted colour that lies underneath your skin
While your surface colour may change, the undertone always stays the same.
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What is my surface colour?
Surface colour is what you see first when you look into the mirror. It’s all about how much pigmentation you have in your skin.
- Fair – You’re very fair, and burn easily. You may also often have freckles and may suffer some redness.
- Light – You have generally light-coloured skin, but you have more warm undertones than fair skin. You may burn in the sun, but that burn often turns to a tan. You have somewhat sensitive skin and suffer some spotty redness, such as on the cheeks only.
- Medium – Your skin is a more medium colour, with neutral undertones.
- Dark – You have dark skin and/or a deep complexion.
What is my undertone?
It’s important to understand that your surface colour and undertone colour can be different! We’d recommend you dress and try beauty products that match your undertone rather than your surface colour.
In general, we have three undertone categories:
- Warm – think yellow, peachy, and golden!
- Cool – think red, pink, and bluish shades
- Neutral – think olive or a mix of those above.
Finding your undertone is a quick 7-step process.
Take the quiz:
- Check the veins on the underside of your wrists: What colour are your veins?
A: Bluish purple
C: I’m not sure. It looks bluish green
- Sun check: What happens to your skin when you’re out in the sun without *gasp* sunscreen?
A: I get red and burn easily.
B: I tan easily.
C: It depends on how long I stay out/get exposed to the sun :/
- Blush check: Do you blush easily?
C: Not really
- Behind the ears check: Ask a friend to look at the skin just behind your ear. Do they see:
A: Pink and rosy
B: Yellow tones
C: Can’t tell
- Metallic check: Layer a gold and silver chain next to each other on your hand or arm, which colour makes your skin look better?
C: Both look great
- Basic colours check: test your skin against basic colours, which do you prefer?
A: I look good in black and white
B: I look good in beige and cream
C: you can pull off any colour!
- Warm colours check: Picture yourself wearing a yellow or orange shirt. How do you look?
A: Terrific, it gives me a great glow!
B: Terrible 🙁 It makes me look sickly
C: Hmm…I look good but not great
Mostly As: You have warm undertones
You look great in warmer colours (like red, orange and yellow) and in gold jewellery. Show off your favourite features without outfits that are more warm with an accent detail of a darker shade.
Mostly Bs: You have cool undertones.
You look best in cooler colours (like blue, green, purple) and in silver jewellery. While you look great in jewel-toned makeup and clothing, avoiding dressing in the same shade. Try magenta or purple to surprise yourself when you go with blush pink makeup that goes well with cool tones.
Mostly C: You have a neutral undertone
Lucky you! You can wear either cool or warm tones. The fun is in the experimenting!
Have you had trouble determining your skin tone? Tried any tests that helped? Leave a comment and tell us your experience!
You don’t have to get your shade right the first time. Experiment with the Infinite Wardrobe and discover the colours that work best for your skin tone and undertone.
Editor’s Note: We live in amazing times where we can embrace tech beauty and fashion to self-educate and self-treat issues we typically turn to the professionals for. Now, we can rely on smart mirrors, virtual and augmented reality, and machine learning with our biometric data to get personalised information from the get-go. We’re learning how to get ahead of personal care and style, thanks to science—and a whole lot of discipline!
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