Have you ever tried on a dress and went “blah” because the color looked unflattering on you? Had put on a foundation that made your skin look yellow or gray? Had your hair colored only to cry afterward because reality outweighed the expectation?
All of us may have encountered a conundrum similar to any of the ones mentioned because we thought that such a color always goes well with this certain skin color that we have. The truth is beauty is skin deep. Aside from knowing our natural skin tone, it’s equally important that we identify our skin undertone.
Our skin surface color is the color that we see when we look in the mirror. This ranges from light, fair, dark, and all shades in between. On the other hand, our skin undertone is the muted tone underneath our surface color. Our skin color may change because of exposure to the sun, seasonal changes, age, and skin condition, but our undertone remains constant. A person with dark skin complexion can have a cool undertone in the same way that someone with fair skin complexion can have a warm undertone because undertones are not affected by our skin color. Our skin undertone determines what shade of foundation, eyeshadow, lip color, blush, hair color, and dress color works best to highlight our natural surface color and make us glow even more in whatever get up we are in.
GETTING TO KNOW YOU
Look at the veins on your wrists under natural light. Blue or purplish veins mean you have a cool undertone. Green veins mean you are warm toned. If you can’t totally distinguish what color your veins are, then you have a neutral tone.
Still not convinced? Then do the paper test. Under natural lighting, hold a plain white paper beside your face. Check out how your skin looks like in contrast to the white paper. A pinkish, rosy, or bluish hue shows that you have a cool undertone. Yellow, green, or light brown skin beside the white paper means you have a warm undertone. If your skin looks gray or ashen, it means you have a neutral tone.
Lastly, if you love basking under the sun, check out how your skin reacts. People with a cool undertone burn more than tan. Those with warm undertone easily tan instead of burning while those with a neutral undertone may fall under either group with regard to tanning and burning.
You can also look behind your ears to determine your undertone if your facial skin has a condition. A pink or rosy hue behind the ears shows a cool undertone. Yellow is for warm undertone, and again, if you can’t tell, it most likely means that you have a neutral undertone.
Put on a silver and gold piece of jewelry. Silver looks best on those with a cool undertone. Gold blends well with a warm undertone. Both colors go well with a neutral undertone. Now that you know your real color identity, you can now hit the clothes rack and confidently pick out the colors that work best for you.
If you have a cool undertone, your kindred spirits are Angelica Panganiban, Julia Barretto, and Sofia Andres to name a few. Look at how their inner beauty radiates with their chosen palettes. People with a cool undertone rule the colors of the ocean, winter, and metals.
Best Colors to Wear: bright blues, royal blue, ice blue, emerald, deep purple, lavender, and pink.
Best Colors to Include: ruby, bright rosy red, and pale yellows
Best Neutrals: gray, white, and navy blue
Colors to Avoid: orange, tomato red, and strong yellows
Warm undertone with the likes of Heart Evangelista, Solenn Heussaff, and Nadine Lustre rule the colors of the earth and nature. They are on the warm side of the color wheel. The delectable hues below help illuminate the natural skin of a warm toned person even more.
Best Colors to Wear: burnt orange, maple red, sunset brown, saturated yellow, amber, and gold
Best Colors to Include: dark green, olive, moss, orchid, peach, coral, and rose gold
Best Neutrals: taupe, camel, cappuccino, cream, and mushroom gray
Colors to Avoid: icy blues, sapphire, royal blue, amethyst, and pewter white
Consider yourself blessed with the mingling of two tones under your skin. While your hybrid of color gives you more options on the color wheel, it doesn’t mean that the entire rainbow is all yours for the taking. In fact, you’ll radiate even more in softer and more muted hues. If you can identify with Liza Soberano and Arci Muñoz, then most likely, you have a neutral undertone.
Best Colors to Wear: dusty pink, baby pink, jade green, cornsilk yellow, and lagoon blue
Best Color to Include: bright red
Best Neutrals: off-white, coffee, and mid-range gray and black
Colors to Avoid: electric blue, royal purple, and neons
Dressing up is always fun especially if we put color into play. You can mix-and-match different colors from each undertone. Just remember to wear the color that flatters your skin undertone closest to your face to highlight your assets then strategically work on the other colors on the parts of your clothing or accessories.
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