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    How To Figure Out Your Undertones And The Colors That Work For You

    Undertones are very important in figuring out what colors work for you. Knowing your undertone would make it easier for you to pick clothes, make up, accessories and more. You could be cool, warm or neutral with pink, reddish, yellowish or olive undertones.

    It might sound very complicated but then, there are very simple ways you can figure it out by yourself.

    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)

    A lot of people think black women can’t have cool undertones but even very dark black women have been found to have cool undertones. Supermodel, Alek Wek, for instance, is one of many black women who have cool undertones.

    Next, lets look at the color wheel to know what really are cool or warm colors. See wheel below…

    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 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.
    5. The Sun’s Effects.

    When you’re out in the sun, does your skin turn a golden-brown, or does it burn and turn pink first? If you fit into the former category, you’re warm-toned, while cool tones tend to burn (fair-skinned cool girls will simply burn, while medium-skinned cool-toned girls will burn then tan.)


    At the end of the day, find colors that look best on you regardless of your skin’s undertone. Warm-toned girls should lean toward yellows, oranges, browns, yellow-greens, ivorys, and warm reds, while cool-toned girls should wear blues, greens, pinks, purples, blue-greens, magentas, and true “blue-based” reds but nothing is set in stone!


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