How to Find Your Skin’s Undertones

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If you’re an expert makeup artist or beauty guru, you can probably skip ahead to the next blog post for inspiration. If you don’t have time to follow the latest social media trends, aren’t sure how to match your foundation to your skin tone, or have no idea what your hair stylist means when they mention cool and warm hues; this one is for you. Read on to learn how to find your skin’s undertones, once and for all:

1. Why Do I Need to Know My Skin’s Undertones?

Why Do I Need to Know My Skin’s Undertones

You have a good idea of whether your skin is light, medium, or dark in nature. This is a good starting point and can help with the basics when purchasing things like foundation. Unfortunately, however; that’s about as far as it will take you. From there, you need to be able to identify whether your skin has undertones that are cool or warm in order to choose clothing, jewelry, makeup, and hair colors that are most flattering to your unique features. This can mean the difference between looking totally washed out or brilliantly glowing.

2. Find Your Skin’s Undertones in 3 Simple Steps

Find Your Skin’s Undertones in 3 Simple Steps

1. Go outside or stand in an area of your home that has plenty of natural light.
2. Flip your arm over and take a peek at the veins on the inside of your wrist. 
3. Determine whether they appear to be blue/purple or green.

Simple, right? So what does this mean?

If you decided that your veins look blue or purple in natural lighting, you have cool undertones. This means that you have a skin tone that has notes of blue, pink, or red.

Those who have veins that look green in natural lighting have warm undertones. This means that your complexion has yellow, golden, or peach hints.

3. Neutral Undertones

Neutral Undertones

If you took a look at the inside of your wrist and can’t decide whether you see blue/purple or green, or you see a mix of both, you have neutral undertones. This means that you have a mix of the two undertones. In most cases, you may lean slightly cooler or slightly warmer. Despite this, you have a free range of all of these tones and can choose one or the other. This applies to both makeup and hair color, but you will likely have a preference for one over the other based on what appears to be more flattering to your other features.

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