Does Your Makeup Match Your Undertone?
If you’ve been struggling to find the right red or nude lipstick or the perfect foundation that looks like you’re wearing nothing, but seem to be struggling, it might be because your makeup whether foundation, lipsticks or eyeshadow, doesn’t match your undertone.
So what’s an undertone again?
Your undertone is completely different from your skin tone or shade. Your undertone is the hue that shows through your skin tone or shade. So you could be a light, medium or deep skin tone or shade, but with a warm, cool, olive or neutral undertones. The first step to getting your makeup right—whether it’s a lipstick, eyeshadow or foundation—is to first determine your undertone.
Everybody falls under one of these undertones:
Warm: Think golden, honey, yellow
Cool: Think pink, red or blue
Neutral: A mix of cool and warm tones, or having neither.
Olive: Think yellow-based green, just like the fruit.
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Here’s a few pointers to help you determine your undertone
Keep in mind that just like with body shapes or face shapes, you might not fall clearly into just one undertone—you could be a warm undertone with a little bit of coolness, and vice versa. In which case, go with colours and shades that suit the predominant undertone.
Look at your veins
One of the easiest ways to determine what your undertone is, is to look at the veins in your in your wrist in natural light. If your veins appear greenish, you have a warm under tone. This is because blue veins plus a yellow undertone will make them appear green. Similarly if you veins appear purpleish you have a cool undertone, because blue plus a pink undertone will make them appear purple.
Check your jewellery
You might be wondering what in the world does jewellery have to do with the determining your undertone. But the jewellery you wear can be a strong indication of your undertone. If you find gold jewellery flattering, you’re probably a warm undertone. If you are more partial to silver jewellery, you probably have a cool undertone. If you look good in both silver and gold jewellery, you have a neutral undertone.
Take a peek at your wardrobe
A quick glance at your wardrobe would reveal more red, yellow, orange, peach clothes or would it be filled with blue, green, purple shades? If you wear a lot of the clothes in the shades of red, yellow or orange, you’re more likely to be warm toned; while a preference for blues, greens and purples would signify a cool undertone. If you look good in all colours, you have a neutral undertone.
The white paper test
Another way to determine your undertone is to hold a white sheet under your face in natural light. If your complexion looks pink and rosy, it’s an indication that you are a cool undertone, whereas if you look more golden, you have a warm under tone. Think of how you look wearing stark white versus off white—which one do you look better in? Those who can pull of stark white without looking washed out, you’re probably a cool undertone while those with a warm undertone are likely to look better in off white.