Hey everyone! Happy Friday! I have been talking to a few followers recently about which colors look best on you, are you a cool tone or a warm tone…and it got me to thinking. I decided to research this topic and use my cosmetology background to give this topic a more thorough look. Hope you enjoy today’s post about color tones and finding out exactly what color looks good on YOU! If you have any input
Let’s Talk Colors and Color Tones!
Have you ever tried on a blouse or a shade of lipstick that makes your skin, eyes, and face come alive, only to try another one that’s almost exactly the same shade but makes you look tired, washed-out, and just generally off? The first one probably matched your skin’s surface tone and undertone perfectly, while the second shade may have a totally wrong undertone.
What’s that? You kind of understand, but don’t really know the difference between surface tone and undertone? Join the club. When it comes to fashion and beauty, there are few buzzwords as prevalent as “cool undertones” and “warm undertones” In fact, we’re always hearing that identifying which category we fall into is integral to our overall attractiveness, but finding out where we fall is still shrouded in confusion.
The first step in grasping the concept? Understanding that our skin’s surface tone is the color you’d describe yourself as having (ivory, light, medium, tan, dark, etc.) Your skin’s undertone is the color underneath the surface. You can have the same skin color as someone, but a different undertone, which are broken down like this:
Cool (pink, red or bluish undertones)
Warm (yellow, peachy, golden undertones)
Neutral (a mix of warm and cool undertones)
One big misconception: That pale girls can’t be warm-toned. In fact, many fair-skinned women have warm undertones (Nicole Kidman is one of them!) and dark-skinned women have cool tones (supermodel Alex Wek is a cool tone.)
So, how can you determine which category you fall into? Read on!
1. Check Your Veins
Push your sleeves up right now and look at the veins on the inside of your wrist. Are they blue or green? If they look more blue, you likely have cool undertones. If the veins look greenish, you’re warm. It’s worth noting, warm girls, that you’re veins aren’t actually green—they look it because you’re seeing them through yellow-toned skin (yellow + blue = green.)
2. The Good Old Jewelry Trick
Think about whether you look better in silver or gold jewelry (Not which you like more, but which actually makes you look more radiant, glowing, and awake.) Typically, girls with cool undertones look better in silver and platinum metals, and warm-toned women look better in gold.
3. The Neutral Test
Think about what neutral shades flatter you best. Does your skin, eyes, and face look better in bright white and black hues, or ivory, off-whites, and brown/tan shades? The former means you’re probably cool-toned, and the latter, warm.
4. Eye and Hair Color
Your natural eye and hair colors can help figure out your coloring. Customarily, cool people have eyes that are blue, gray, or green and have blond, brown, or black hair with blue, silver, violet and ash undertones. Conversely, warm-toned women usually have brown, amber, or hazel eyes with strawberry blond, red, brown, or black hair. Their hair tends to have gold, red, orange, or yellow undertones.
Let’s Look A Little Deeper Into The Color Wheel and Your Skin Tone
WHICH COLORS LOOK BEST ON COOL-TONED SKIN?
How to determine if you have cool-toned skin
If you have cool undertones, your skin will lean pink, red, or blue. The easiest way to determine if you have cool-toned skin is to take a look in the mirror or check those veins ladies! Double check if you have to, because this is an important step in figuring out which tone you are! Do you have blue eyes and pale skin? Check. Do you burn easily in the sun? Check. Do you have blue-ish veins rather than green? Check. You’re a cool-toned gal.
A quick checklist to determine if you’re cool-toned. (An overview from above)
- You have lighter hair (light brown, natural blonde).
- You have grey or blue eyes.
- Your skin tone is fair or pale.
- You have pink skin undertones.
Best colors to wear with cool undertones
Take your inspiration from the cool end of the spectrum.
WHICH COLORS LOOK BEST ON WARM-TONED SKIN?
How to determine if you have warm-toned skin
If you have warm undertones, your skin will often feel like it has more yellow, peachy, or golden tones to it. And, just like your cool-toned counterparts, the easiest way to determine if you have warm-toned skin is to ask yourself the following questions: do you tan easily in the sun, are your veins more greenish, do you have dark hair and dark eyes? If the answers are a resounding, “YES!” Then, you might just be warm-toned.
A quick checklist to determine if you’re warm-toned.
- You have darker hair (black, dark brown, auburn).
- You have brown or brown-hazel eyes.
- Your skin tone is dark, olive or golden in tone.
- You have yellow skin undertones.
Best colors to wear with warm undertones
Take inspiration from the warm end of the spectrum. Think, fiery reds, oranges, rusty tones, creams, camel, and all things earth tones. If you love cool hues, opt for warmer versions of the cool color families like olive, fuschia, violet, and orchid.
WHICH COLORS LOOK BEST ON NEUTRAL-TONED SKIN?
How to determine if you have neutral-toned skin
Those with neutral undertones will have difficulty discerning whether they are warm or cool based on the guidelines above because they’re typically a hybrid of both! But, lucky you, most colors will look great on your skin tone.
A quick checklist to determine if you’re neutral-toned skin:
- It’s difficult for you to discern if your veins are blue or green.
- Your skin tone can burn in the sun (or not!)
- You have neutral undertones or a hybrid of both cool and warm.
Best colors to wear with neutral undertones
Because you’re a mix of both warm-cool you have access to the entire spectrum—consider yourself lucky! Because your complexion is neutral you can play up and down the color wheel, just avoid things that are too neon—they will throw you off balance.
WHICH COLORS LOOK BEST ON EVERYONE?
When in doubt, reach for these three colors that look good on literally everyone. The secret formula? They’re a perfect blend of warm and cool and will suit everyone’s skin tone to a T.
These three colors look great on everyone’s skin tone!
The most flattering shades for everyone are colors that are neutral like millennial pink, or blush. Not only does it flatter all skin tones, but it gives you that #glow no matter who you are and pairs well with everything!
If your sartorial style is bolder, reach for reds. While not all reds look good on everyone, find the shade that works for you—there’s really a red for everyone.
Everyone’s favorite neutral, there’s a reason why the world’s most stylish women reach for this again and again. It’s ultra-slimming reputation and ability to play well with all colors makes this our “nothing to wear” go-to.
Which colors will you be adding to your wardrobe now? Tell us what your skin tone is and what you’ll be wearing in the comments below!
I am a Neutral-Toned girl, I consider myself to be pretty lucky here! What color tone are you?
We are off to take a few pictures today and another lunch date with are Rae Rae (that’s what Brooklyn cause her Aunt Raegan lol). What are you girls up to today? Happy early weekend!!
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