Do you know your skin undertone? Somehow I went thirty something years without really knowing mine! How did that happen? I have no idea! However, I do know that I am not alone. So many of us have no clue what our undertone really is and that’s unfortunate because there are so many benefits to knowing. This one little key piece of information can make or break your makeup look so if you aren’t sure of your undertone I’m going to make sure that all changes today. Knowing your undertone is the key to having that natural, flawless makeup look. Let’s break down anything and everything skin undertones!
GENERAL UNDERTONE INFO:
- There are three types of skin undertones: warm, cool, and neutral. Cool undertones tend to have hints of blue, pink, or red in the skin. Warm undertones have hints of yellow, peach, or gold in their skin. Neutral undertones have an equal mix of both warm and cool tones.
- While the shade of your skin may change throughout the seasons your skin undertone will always remain the same!
- Any skin color can be any of the three undertones. Fair skin can have warmer tones and darker skin can have cooler tones.
IMPORTANCE OF KNOWING SKIN UNDERTONE:
- It’s the ONLY way to select the right shade of foundation. To pick your absolute truest color to your skin you’ll need to know your skin tone (color that can change) and undertone!
- Knowing your undertone helps you pick the right foundation which helps you avoid those harsh foundation lines. This will help your makeup look natural and prevent you from having to blend your makeup all the way down your neck.
WAYS TO DETERMINE YOUR UNDERTONE:
While there are three skin undertones: cool, warm, and neutral there are a few at home tricks you can do to easily determine which category you fall into. Answer the questions below to determine your undertone:
- Do you look better in gold or silver jewelry?
- Silver: cool undertones
- Gold: warm undertones
- Both: neutral undertones
2. What color are the veins on your wrist?
- Blueish: cool undertones
- Greenish: warm undertones
- Blue-greenish: Neutral undertones
3. How easily do you tan?
- Tends to tan easily in the sun: warm undertones
- Tends to burn easily in the sun: cool undertones
- Tends to burn first and then tan in the sun: neutral undertones
4. Do you look best in white or ivory?
- White: cool undertones
- Ivory: warm undertones
- Both: neutral undertones
Once you finally figure out your undertone it’s so much easier to find the right shade. I know I’ve been at the makeup counter so many times trying to decide between two shades. Knowing your undertone will help you pick the right shade confidently! Here are a few tips to help you pick the right tone:
- Match your foundation from the center of the face down the middle of the neck since that will give you the most accurate representation of your skin undertone. When I FINALLY found my perfect shade I matched my shade to my neck as well!
- When looking at your veins to determine your undertone it’s helpful to also look at the vein color on your face and neck as well to give you the most accurate answer.
- In general deeper skin tones and eye colors tend to have warmer undertones and fair skin and light eyes tend to have neutral or cooler undertone. However, any one can have any undertone.
- If you’re still unsure what your undertone is try a shade in each undertone: warm, cool, and neutral. Blend each into your jawline and the shade that disappears on your skin is your undertone.
- When looking for a concealer (and we all need concealer 🤣) get a neutral or cool concealer if you have a warm undertone. If you have a cool or neutral undertone choose a yellow based concealer.
- Consider the finish of your foundation. Full coverage foundations are great for acne or discoloration but are harder to match. If you don’t need full coverage a sheer foundation with a buildable finish may be a better choice for you!
- Foundation should match the side of your face AND your neck for the most natural look
- Make sure to test your foundation for a few hours as foundation can change color once it dries and sets on your face
- A matte finish foundation or oil-free foundation works best for oily skin. A moisturizing or hydrating cream foundation works best for dry skin.
- Not to prime is a crime! Make sure to prep skin properly! Exfoliate twice a week and always use primer especially if you have a long or active day ahead of you!
- Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation: I love this foundation! It stays on all day and allegedly lasts up to 24 hours. I never wear my makeup that long so I can’t attest to that but I can say it does look fresh even at the end of the day! Great for all skin types and comes in over 55 shades. I also recommend the Double Wear Stay In Place Matte Foundation Powder and the Advanced Night Repair Serum from Estee Lauder
- L’Oreal Infallible Fresh Wear Foundation: This is my absolute favorite drugstore foundation! It’s medium coverage but is buildable to create full coverage as well. It comes in 30 shades, blends so easily, and is only $14.99!
- Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation: This foundation is great if you want that glowing skin look! And who doesn’t?! The coverage is medium but creates an airbrushed, silky glow from within look!
- Smashbox Studio Skin Foundation: I love the coverage this foundation provides! It looks flawless on and is infused with Hyaluronic Acid which is great for nourishing the skin and helping the skin stay plump and youthful!
- Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Longwear: This foundation comes in over 50 shades and is a matte finish meaning it’s perfect if you have oily skin! Although it still works great for all skin types. Fenty also holds up great against sweat and humidity!
I’m telling you I felt like a completely new woman once I figured out my undertone and found my perfect shade. It’s a makeup game changer! Hope this helps you find your perfect shade too!