What is your skin undertone? Know it in 5 minutes with easy hacks!

Are you someone who thinks skin tone and skin undertone are just the same thing or are you even one who is coming across the word undertone for the first time. Worry not, today we will be solving all the mysteries related to undertone.

Tell me how often does it happen to you, that you love the colour of lipstick shade or a dress, only to know that it doesn’t suit you. Or sometimes you buy a make-up product which matches your skin colour but doesn’t blend well. Most of this is related to the shade of your skin undertone. So let’s go ahead and understand what do we mean by undertone.

What is an undertone?

Undertones refer to the natural colours underneath the surface of your skin.

What are the types of skin undertone?

There are three types of undertone:

Warm: If you have a base tone of your skin as yellow or gold.

Cool: If you see hints of blue, pink or red in your skin, then you have cool undertones.

Neutral: If there’s a mixture of both warm and cool hues, or your undertone is the same colour as your actual skin colour, then you fall into the neutral category.

We will be knowing about some very simple tests to determine your undertone but before that let us know the difference between a skin tone and the undertone.

What is the difference between skin tone (skin colour complexion) and skin undertone?

Skin complexion can be dark, medium, light and it can change over time due to various reasons like weather, tan etc, but undertones remain constant. You might have noticed that you look darker in the summer because of suntan, and lighter in the winter that is because of your skin tone changes with the season.

People often think that fair complexion people have a cool undertone and dark has a warm undertone, which is absolutely not the case. Each complexion, be it dark, medium or light, can have warm, cool, and neutral skin undertones which means even the fairest skin can have warm undertones, and darker skin can have cool ones. You and your friend may have the same skin tone but different undertone.

Why is it necessary to know your skin undertone?

It is a key to finding out the right make-up product particularly foundation, knowing what colour clothes will suit or what should be your next hair colour to experiment that will make you look amazing.

Selecting the colour of your next dress:

The rule says if you have warm undertone go ahead with warm colours and cool colours for cool-toned complexions. For e.g, in the green colour family, an olive colour dress will make you glow if you have a warm Indian skin tone, while turquoise will suit women with a cool skin undertone

skin undertone- colors

Foundation or concealer shades

The rule here is the same as for clothes. Warm undertone, warm colours (like a slightly yellow foundation) and cool undertone, cool colours.

A cool undertone foundation will appear slightly pink in the bottle. A cool undertone person should avoid yellowish foundations, as these tend to make cool skin tones look sallower.

People with neutral undertone can go ahead with foundations that are neither overly yellow nor pink, like a peach colour. Most companies will label cool-toned foundations with a “C” and warm-toned with a “W’

Color test - skin undertone

For eg: this one might be for cool undertone. Check out at Nykaa and this one warm here

Hair color

The rule is generally reversed when it comes to hair colour. People with warm undertones should pick cool colours, while cool skin tones need to wear warm colours.

Now that we have understood everything about undertones. Let us do some very quick tests to know your undertone:

What are the tests to know your skin undertone?

The Wrist Test

Check the colour of your veins in the underside of your wrist. What colour are your veins?

Cool: If your veins look purple or blue, then you have a cool undertone.

Warm: If your veins appear greenish or olive veins, you have a warm undertone.

Neutral: If you cannot determine which colour is dominant in your veins then you have a neutral undertone

Skin undertone - Vein test

The Jewelry Test

Take a piece of each of silver and gold jewellery. It can be anything a ring, a pendant, earings anything and wear it accordingly. Do not use rose gold colour jewellery for this test. Take pure gold and silver in colour.

Cool: If silver jewellery looks flattering on you that means you have a cool undertone.

 Warm: You are more likely to have a warm tone if gold looks good on your skin.

Neutral:  If you look good in both gold and silver jewellery then you have a neutral undertone.

Silver gold Jewelry test - Skin Undertone

Heat test

If your skin starts to burns or turns red in the sun, it indicates a cool undertone and  If your skin tans easily in the sun, you have a warm undertone.

Read about sunscreen here: The ultimate guide to Sunscreen – Misconceptions and 6 FAQs

White Paper Test

Hold a blank piece of white paper next to your face under the skin. You are warm undertone If your skin appears more yellow but If your skin looks pinkish, then you’re probably cool undertone.

Skin undertone - white paper test

These are some very easy and simple test to identify one very important thing. It won’t take more than 5 minutes to complete these tests. Go ahead and check out your undertone and let me know in the comments section or here. I hope you enjoyed reading this article. Do share your feedback.

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