One of the most important concepts of this process is to understand skin undertones. Everyone’s skin has undertones that vary from warm to cool, or red to blue. Undertone is completely separate from skin color or shade. The lightest skin tone and the darkest skin tone can have cool or warm undertones. It all depends on your genetics. Many people have undertones ranging from yellow to green. This iscommonly known as having olive skin.
Unsure of your undertone? Here are a few tests for you to discover which one you have. If you hold your wrist up to the light and your veins appear blue, you likely have a cool undertone. If your veins appear more green than blue, you likely have warmer toned skin.
A more subjective test is if your skin appears better in gold jewelry, you likely have warm-toned skin. If you prefer silver jewelry, you may have cool-toned skin. If you ever used paints, imagine you’re mixing up a color to paint a self-portrait. Would you use more orange or yellow paint to make your skin tone? Would you mix in cool reds or blues? Those base colors are what undertones are.
It’s also possible that you have neutral undertones. This means your skin leans neither golden nor cool. Don’t worry, there are foundation shadesspecifically for neutral undertones, too!