Whether you’re looking for your perfect nude lipstick shade or a bold red, knowing your undertone can help you find the right shade for you.
Skin tone and undertone are two different things. Skin tone varies during seasons from fair, medium, dark to deep, undertone however stays the same, and is what makes certain colors and shades look better on us. It’s important to understand which undertone you have and how to use it to your best advantage:
Cool undertones are associated with blue, green, and violet. They are usually found in people with blonde or red hair and light eyes. These individuals often have fair skin that burns easily and tans poorly. Cool undertones make up approximately 10% of the population.
Warm undertones are associated with yellow, orange, and brown. They are found in people with dark brown hair and eyes, olive skin tone, or darker skin tones that tan easily. Warm undertones make up approximately 60% of the population.
Neutral undertones are neither cool nor warm; instead they’re a combination of both colors. This means that people with neutral undertones have both cool and warm colors in their skin tone. It’s not uncommon for someone to have one cool undertone like blue or green (from their veins), but also have a warmer undertone around their cheeks from their blood flow (like pink).
How to find your undertone
There are a few ways to find your undertone. The most accurate way is to look at your veins. Blue veins indicate cool undertones, green indicates warm undertones, and purple indicates neutral undertones.
If you don’t have blue or green veins and you want to figure out your undertone (or if you’re looking for a good foundation match), there are other ways to try:
Look at the veins in your wrist or inner elbow. Those veins are similar to your facial veins, so if they’re blue or greenish-blue, then you have cool undertones; if they’re more purple, then you have warmer undertones; and if they’re somewhere in between, then you have neutral undertones.
Take a selfie in natural light and look at yourself in the mirror. If your face looks more yellow than pink, then you have cooler undertones; if it looks more pink than yellow, then you have warmer undertones; and if neither of those descriptions fit, then chances are that you have neutral undertones.
Which shades will complement your undertone
If you have a cold undertone, you’ll want to look for cool-toned lipsticks that enhance your natural color. This includes lipstick shades such as red, pink, nude, and pink rose. Neutral-toned lipstick shades are also good for those who have a cold undertone, as they provide a more toned-down look compared to their warm counterparts.
If you have yellow undertones in your skin, then you should choose reds or coral tones with orange undertones and pigments that will help balance out your skin tone — not make it look even warmer!
If this is you, then you are in luck – any color can work on your lips!
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