Imagine a scenario-you see your friend wearing a beautiful shade of pink ( for example- MAC’s Mehr is a beautiful everyday pink colour with blue/cool undertones), you-being-you compliments her and ask her “which shade?” You order the lipstick right away and your excitement is beyond anything when you open the package, you remove the packaging and apply it on your pucker with precision but to your utter disappointment you look washed out and sick.
Now, I am pretty sure this scenario is not new to anyone who buys makeup online.
Digging deep into the matter to understand why does this happen? Why two people who have almost the same color-tone, look entirely different in the same lipstick or in the same shirt? Why does bright blue top adds a glow to your friend whereas you end up looking sick in it?
This is due to the undertone that your skin has; undertones are not about your complexion. It is about the color that comes from within; this affects the overall tone of your skin.
Undertones can be further classified into:
Your skin has pink, red or bluish undertones
Your skin has yellow, peachy, golden undertones
Your skin has a mix of warm and cool undertones (you can rock anything you want!! A lot of your products would depend on the kind of base products you prefer wearing.)
Now that we are aware of the various undertones that one could possibly have, we are yet to figure out which undertone do we really have.
The following methods can be used to figure out your undertones:
- Pull up your sleeves & Check Your Veins
look at the veins on the inside of your wrist; do they appear blue or green? If blue, you are most likely to have cool undertones and if they appear green then you are more likely to have warm undertones. If you have a mix of both blue and green veins or they appear purple then you have neutral undertones.
- The Jewelry Test
do you look better in silver or gold jewelry?Girls with cool undertones look better in silver and platinum jewelry whereas warm-toned girls look better in gold.
- The Neutral color test.
Which neutral shade flatters you the most? Do you look better in bright white and black hues, or ivory, off-white, and brown/tan shades?If you nodded your head in the former one then it means you are probably cool-toned and if you look best in the latter on then you probably have warm undertones.
- Do you tan or do you burn?
Does your skin turn a golden-brown or does it burn and turn pink first when you are out in the sun? If you were able to identify yourself in the former category then you are warm-toned, while cool toned girls tend to burn. Also, fair-skinned cool girls will simply burn while medium-skinned cool-toned girls will burn then tan.
- The color palette that flatters you the most
there are certain palettes colors will make you look better regardless of your skin’s undertone. Warm-toned girls lean toward earthy colours such as yellows, oranges, browns, yellow-greens, ivory, pastels and warm reds whereas cool-toned girls lean towards blues, greens, pinks, purples, blue-greens, magentas and true “blue-based” reds.
This picture represents how colors are divided between cool and warm undertones.
I hope you found the post helpful, for any further questions leave a comment down below.