How to Figure out your Skin Tone

How do you choose the correct color for your skin tone?

Skin tones are divided into light, medium or dark skinned, and whether you have a warm or cool undertone. By understanding the shades and undertones of your skin, you’ll avoid choosing a product that washes out your color. Not sure whether you have a warm or cool undertone? Not to worry, here’s a quick way to check:

Skin Tones

The tone of your skin is generally divided into 3 categories: Light/Fair, Medium/Olive, and Dark/Deep

Light or fair skin tones tend to historically derive from northern European countries which faced frequent snow or cloud coverage, and therefore did not need much melanin protection.

Medium complexions are typical of Southern Europe, South Asian, or Northern Asian descent. Sometimes referred to “olive”, this skin tone is a neutral, well-balanced beige color.

Dark complexions typically originate from parts of the world that have the most exposure to ultraviolet radiation, such as the Middle East, India, and Africa.

Understanding Undertones

One way to check whether you have warm or cool undertones is by using the jewelry you would normally wear. If you look better in gold, then you have a warm undertone. If you look better in silver, then you most likely have cool undertones. You can also check your veins. Are they blue or green? If they look more blue, you likely have cool undertones. If the veins look greenish, you’ve got warm undertones. 

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