How to Determine Your Skin Undertone?

Welcome to the PART ONE Of Makeup Basics for Beginners. Here we’ll talk about how to determine your skin undertone and why you need to consider it first before buying any makeup product.

how to determine your skin tone
Skin tones

 The skin’s undertone is the warm, cool, or neutral hue that shows through the surface color of skin.

Knowing whether your undertone is warm, cool or neutral is the key to ensuring that your base matches your skin and that other makeup products you apply look natural.

When base doesn’t properly match skin’s undertone, the color stands out as orange to copper, pink to rose, or ashen. If makeup looks like the right color in the package but looks odd once applied, you’ve likely purchased makeup with the incorrect undertone for your skin.

Here Are Some Ways To Determine Your Skin Tone

You have warm undertone  if:

  •  you tan easily but do not burn
  • you look under your wrist and your veins are mostly green
  • your skin’s natural melanin (the pigment that gives skin its color) level is higher
  • you have dominantly golden or yellow skin tone.
warm undertone

You have cool undertone if:

  • you burn and tan minimally or not at all
  • you have significantly less melanin (pink, bluish-red)
  • your veins are mostly blue
  • you have pink or beige skin tone
cool undertone

You have olive undertone if:

  • you look ashen or gray
  • combination of natural yellow and greenish hue unique to any depth of ethnicity
olive undertoone

You have neutral undertone if:

  • you have no obvious overtones of olive, sallow, or pink.
  • your veins are a combination of blues and greens

There you go! I hope you are now clear as to how can you determine your skin tone. This will help you a lot not just in makeup but in choosing the right hair color, wardrobe and jewelries.

My undertone is “warm”. What’s yours?

If you have any questions, feel free to comment below.

And if you’re wondering why I wear makeup, you can read my story here.