Find your true colours by figuring out your skin’s undertones. If there’s one thing that I could ever teach you about beauty that will change your life, it’s figuring out your skin undertones. I know it sounds trivial, but when you know yours and then go about adjusting your make-up colours accordingly, something magical happens. I can guarantee you’ll light up a room the minute you walk in.
I’d like to share some tests with you to detect your undertone.
Stand in front of a well-lit mirror in the privacy of your bathroom wearing only a pure white towel or bath robe. Wrap your hair under a white towel. Drape another one over any furniture behind you because the more you’re surrounded with white, the easier it will be to see the colors hiding under the surface of your skin.
Now what do you see?
Does your skin look blue-ish? If so, you have cool undertones.
If it looks yellow-ish, you have warm undertones, and if it’s green-ish, you have neutral undertones.
Hold up a piece of silver or platinum jewellery next to your skin, followed by a piece of yellow-gold jewellery and determine which one looks better, regardless of your personal preference (Personally, I love a yellow-gold necklace, but if I hold both up to my skin, silver is much more harmonious because I have cool undertones).
So if the silver/platinum looks better on you, you have cool tones, if the yellow gold looks better, you have warm tones. If both hues look equally good on you, you probably have a neutral undertone.
Now look at the veins on the underside of your forearm or underarm in the sunlight.
If your veins are blue or blue-purple, you have cool undertones.
If your veins are green or olive, you have warm undertones.
If you have both blue and green veins, you are neutral.
After taking all three tests, you should have a good idea what your undertones are. Here’s what to do with this invaluable information.
Women with warm undertones look best when they wear eye shadows that are gold, copper, bronze or any of the earth tones (orange, olive, yellow or brown) paired with a warm peach or coral blush.
When picking out your perfect red lipstick, choose an orange-based red and when choosing your foundation, look for a yellow-based or peach-based shade.
If you have cool undertones, you look best when you wear eye shadows that are silver, grey, magenta, pink, white or any of the jewel tones (emerald, sapphire, garnet) paired with a cool pink or rosy blush.
When picking out your perfect red lipstick, choose a blue-based red (wine or burgundy) and when choosing your foundation, look for a pink-based or neutral shade.
By Namrata Soni
Creative inputs by Shifa Meerza