Ever borrowed a lipstick from a friend only to find out that it doesn’t quite sit right on you? Your undertone is responsible for this. Undertones are the colors that come through your skin from underneath the surface to affect its overall hue and they have nothing to do with how light or dark one is. Do not confuse surface tone with undertone. Your surface tone is the color you would describe yourself as having e.g dark, medium, light or ivory.
You can have the same skin color as someone but different undertones which explains why your friends red lipstick looks different on you.
It is important to know the difference between the color of the outer layer of your skin and the tones beneath the surface. This can help you select makeup products that flatter your skin tone best. Undertones are generally categorized as “Warm” “Cool” or “Neutral”. People of all skin colors from very fair to deep can have any of the above undertones. Here is what each of these terms mean;
Warm: Skin appears yellow, peachy or golden.
Cool: Skin appears to have a hint of pink or blue-ish undertone.
Neutral: Has no obvious tones to it, but rather the skin’s natural color is more evident.
So how do you determine whether you have a warm, cool or neutral undertone? Here are easy tests that will help.
The Wrist Test
This is the most popular test used to figure out your undertones. In natural lighting, look at the color of the veins in your wrist. If your veins appear green, you have a warm undertone. If they appear blue-ish or more deep purple, you are likely in the cool-tone spectrum and finally if you can’t really tell where the color lies, you fall in the neutral group.
The Jewelry Test
Personal preference aside, try on a silver and gold piece of jewelry and check to see which one looks best on you. Typically, cool undertones look better in silver and platinum metals whereas warm undertones look better in gold-toned jewelry. Neutral skin tones look equally great in both.
The Sun Test
This may not be the most suitable test but next time you are at the beach might as well learn something about your skin. While out in the sun, does your skin get easily tan and look golden-brown or does it burn and turn pink first? Fair skin Cool-tones tend to burn while warm tones tends to tan easily then burn.
With this information, you can be able to make better choices when it comes to makeup selection and even fashion in terms of color selection.