There are a few different methods you can use to determine your skin undertone:
- Check your veins: Look at the veins on the inside of your wrist or forearm. If they appear blue or purple, you likely have cool undertones. If they appear green, you likely have warm undertones. If you can't quite tell or they look like a mix of blue and green, you may have neutral undertones.
- Consider how your skin reacts to the sun: If you tend to burn easily and have pink or red undertones, you likely have cool undertones. If you tan easily and have golden or olive undertones, you likely have warm undertones. If you tan and burn equally, you may have neutral undertones.
- Look at your jewelry preferences: Do you tend to wear silver or gold jewelry? If you prefer silver, you likely have cool undertones. If you prefer gold, you likely have warm undertones. If you can wear both and they look equally flattering, you may have neutral undertones.
- Try the white test: Hold up a white piece of paper or fabric to your face. You likely have cool undertones if your skin looks pink or rosy against the white. If your skin looks yellow or golden against the white, you likely have warm undertones. You may have neutral undertones if your skin looks gray or ashen against the white.
Keep in mind that these methods are not foolproof and may not work for everyone. It's also possible to have a mix of undertones, such as warm with a hint of cool or neutral with a hint of warm. Ultimately, the best way to determine your undertones is to experiment with different makeup and clothing colors and see what looks best on you.
- Identify your undertone: Determine whether you have cool, warm, or neutral undertones as described in the previous answer.
- Choose a foundation with the correct undertone: Look for a foundation that is specifically designed for your undertone. Many foundation brands will label their shades as cool, warm, or neutral, or they may use letters such as C (cool), W (warm), or N (neutral) to indicate undertone.
Test the foundation: Before purchasing a foundation, it's important to test it on your skin to make sure it matches your undertone. Apply a small amount of the foundation to your jawline and blend it in well. The foundation should blend seamlessly into your skin and not look too yellow, pink, or gray. If it matches your undertone, it should disappear into your skin.
- Consider the depth of the foundation: In addition to the undertone, you'll also want to choose a foundation that matches the depth of your skin tone. Look for a foundation that is a good match for your skin's darkness or lightness.
- Check the foundation in natural light: Once you've applied the foundation, check it in natural light to make sure it still looks like a good match for your skin tone and undertone.
By following these steps, you should be able to find a foundation that matches your skin undertone and gives you a natural, seamless look.