How To Determine Your Skin Tone: Warm vs Cool

September 24, 2006

When buying a foundation, the first thing to do is to figure out whether your skintone is on the warm or cool side. Why? Because if you have warm undertones, a foundation with cool undertones will look pasty and sickly on you and if you are on the cool side, a warm foundation can make you look sallow. So how can you tell if you are warm or cool? Check out the following guidelines – it is a lot easier than you think!

warm skintone vs cool skintone

You have a Warm Skintone if:

* You look better in gold jewelry
* You have yellow undertones
* Your veins have a greenish tint

Celeb Icons:

Christina Milian and Jessica Biel

You have a Cool Skintone if:

* You look better in silver jewelry
* You have pink undertones
* Your veins have a bluish tint

Celeb Icons:

Nicole Kidman and Liv Tyler

If you do not fall into either category, you can be Neutral, which is a combination of both. Some people can also be a cool and a warm during different times of the year. The color of our skin can change according to the seasons, lighting and even your own physical well-being, which is why it is always a good thing to have foundations of different shades handy.


  • Reply Sanura September 24, 2006 at 11:46 pm

    This is the first time I’ve heard of combination/neutral undertones. Thank you so much for mentioning it here.

    Everytime I read about undertones and how to find them, I get confused. They tell me to look at my veins and when I do I’m like, “Are they blue-ish? They look a little green, but they also look a little blue…”

  • Reply Deena Harris April 28, 2009 at 1:52 pm

    Sanura, I was in the same boat as you! so confused!! I guess us neutral girls can wear anything!

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