Tips to Determine Your Skin Tone – Warm, Neutral or Cool?

skin care and skin tones

Skin care is the range of practices that support skin integrity including nutrition, avoidance of excessive sun exposure, and appropriate use of emollients; that enhance appearance such as use of cosmetics, botulinum, exfoliation, fillers and laser resurfacing.

There are also many creams designed to protect skin from harmful substances. Most popular are Sunscreen creams. Sun protection is an important aspect of skin care. Though the sun is beneficial in order for the human body to get it’s daily dose of vitamin D, unprotected excessive sunlight can cause extreme damage to the skin.

Ultraviolet (UVA and UVB) radiation in the sun’s rays can cause sunburn in varying degrees, early ageing and increased risk of skin cancer.

UV exposure can cause patches of uneven skin tone and dry out the skin. This can reduce the skin’s elasticity and encourage sagging and wrinkle formation. Sunscreen can protect the skin from sun damage; sunscreen should be applied at least 20 minutes before exposure, and should be re-applied every four hours. However it is important to determine skin tone to avoid side effects of skin care therapies and creams.

Know Your Skin Tone

Knowing how to determine your skin tone and applying that knowledge to your cosmetic and clothing selection can bring out the best in your appearance. We all know when a certain color looks great on us while other colors seem to leave us looking ashen and worn out.

Skin tones fall into three classifications, they are: Warm, Cool and Neutral. Below are some easy steps to help you determine your skin tone.

Examining Your Skin Type

Vein test – in a natural light, look at the inside of your wrist; if the veins appear greenish this indicates you have yellow undertones and thus would have a warm skin tone. Veins that appear to be more bluish indicate a cool skin tone.

Pony tail test – pull all your hair back away from the face in a pony tail or with a headband and thoroughly cleanse the face. Place a white towel or cloth around your neck and shoulders, if you face looks more yellow this would indicate a warm skin tone, whereas a bluish reflection would mean a cool skin tone.

Silver/Gold test – If you think you look better in gold than silver, this indicates a warm skin tone. People with cool skin tones usually look better in silver. Additionally, you can use a gold and silver cloth for this test, hold a swatch of gold fabric under the chin, does it make you look healthy, ashen or neither. Try the same with silver fabric, what do you see? a bluish hue or yellow undertones?

Genetic natural color of eyes and hair – As a rule of thumb, normally people with blue, green or grey eyes with blond, black or brown hair have a cool skin tone. Additionally, cool skin tones will have a pink or rosy undertone. Those people with brown, black, or hazel eyes and have black, brown, blond, red, or strawberry blond hair are usually have a warm skin tone and have a golden or apricot undertone. However, there are always exceptions to the rule when trying to deterime your skin tone by the color of your hair and eyes.

If after doing the above tests you are still unable to determine your skin tone, you may fall into the neutral skin tone. Neutral skin tones can wear any color and look great, however neutral skin tones may lean towards either warm or cool. For instance, a neutral skin tone can look great in a warm color and fabulous in a cool color or vice a versa.

skin types of cool warm and neutral

So what colors are best for your skin tone? Below is a short summary, again there are always exceptions to the rule.

Skin Tone Types

Cool Skin Tone – Consider rich, true colors. These would include black, navy, red, shocking pink, rich raspberries, deep emerald greens, royal blue, plums or pure black. Additionally wear icy tones instead of pastels for a lighter color. Cool skin tones should avoid beige, orange and gold.

Warm Skin Tone – Consider earth colors either crisp or muted. Normally those with a warm skin tone look great in sage greens, gold, mochas, and bronzes. For a softer color try peach, apricot yellow.

Neutral Skin Tone – luckily for you, all colors will look good however, as indicated above most neutral skin tones will sway one way or another, so while a warm color may look great on you a cool color may look fabulous.

Selecting the right colors based on your skin tone can add so much to your overall appearance. The right color can add sparkle to your overall being and complexion while the wrong color can leave you looking ashen and your complexion washed out.

If you are still uncertain about your skin tone, stop by a cosmetics counter at a fine department store and talk with the clerk. Additionally, you could consult with your beautician for advice.

One Response to Tips to Determine Your Skin Tone – Warm, Neutral or Cool?

  1. Sonny says:

    I’ve never been into make-up. Usually, I only use foundation or concealer to hide my eye circles. But, since I’m in my early 30s, I’m starting to get a little curious about things I can do that might make me look a bit younger. Before this had one problem, though- I’m clueless about make-up, so I have no idea what to wear and how I should apply it.

    Thanks for helping. ☺

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