May 11, 2022

5 Easy Ways to Figuring Out Your Skin’s Undertones

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Why Do You Need To Know Your Undertone?

Knowing your skin’s undertone is the best way to determine whether a hair color will be flattering or not, what type of makeup will look best, and even which clothing hues will look the best. 

This information is so often underrated and overlooked. Once you find out how to know your skin tone, it becomes so much easier to choose a foundation, hair color, and even jewelry. Knowing your skin undertone is like a secret weapon that helps you make choices that accentuate your natural beauty. If you are a Des Moines, Iowa, professional working with hair color, cosmetics, or fashion, identifying skin undertone means you can help your clients look their best.

How Many Skin Undertones Are There?

While there are many different skin tones, there are only three types of undertone: warm, cool, and neutral. For warm undertones, think peachy, golden, and yellow. For cool undertones, think blu-ish and pink. Neutral skin has a bit of both. Neutral skin is a little trickier to point out because, in some ways, it behaves like cool tone skin, and in other ways, it behaves like warm tone skin but doesn’t necessarily favor one over the other.

Find Out How To Know Your Skin Tone With These Tips:

Sometimes it is easy to know what someone’s undertone is; other times, it is not as obvious. Fortunately, there are some simple methods for identifying your skin tone. Arming yourself with this information helps you make better decisions regarding hair color, makeup, and clothing.

Put On A White Shirt

Donning a white shirt is probably the most accurate way to test your skin undertone. It can be any shirt style; it just has to be pure white. Not off-white or eggshell. White t-shirts are a good choice. You can also use a white piece of paper. Be sure you are in a well-lit area. What does your skin look like in contrast to true white? Is it more yellow? More pink? You have a cool undertone if your skin has a definite pinkish hue. If it looks yellow or golden, it’s warm. Is it too hard to tell? That’s a good sign you have a neutral undertone.

How Does Your Skin React To The Sun?

How your skin responds to sun exposure is another way. Do you burn quickly? Does your skin turn red or rosy after just a little sun exposure? You likely have a cool undertone.

On the other hand, if your skin tans brown or golden, you probably have a warm undertone. Because you can be fair and still have a warm undertone, you might still burn, but the burn doesn’t last long and turns into that golden tan quickly.

Gold Or Silver Jewelry?

Does gold flatter your skin best, or silver? Jewelry color is another clue. If silver looks “not quite right” against your skin, but gold does, you have a warm undertone. Likewise, if silver looks pretty against your skin, you probably have a cool undertone. Once again, neutral tends to work well either way.

What Color Are Your Veins?

Check the inside of your wrist. If your veins appear blue under your skin, this indicates a cool undertone. If your veins are green under your skin, your skin is warm.

What About Your Other Features?

While there are many exceptions, if you have fair skin and hair, you are more likely to have cool undertones than darker hair and eyes. However, this is not a hard and fast rule.

A neutral skin undertone is a mix of the two, so if you’ve tried the above tests and there is no clear winner between warm and cool, it’s safe to say you have a neutral undertone.

Find Out Your Skin’s Undertones Today, At Aveda Des Moines

It isn’t always easy to get a definitive read on your skin’s undertones, even with the above tips. Get a professional assessment from Aveda Institute Des Moines to find out your skin’s undertone. Contact us today.

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