“What’s my undertone” might be up there on the list of confusing questions along with “why can’t I stop watching TikTok videos?” Yellow, red, pink, blue — these may not be colors you think you’d find in your complexion but there's actually a rainbow of undertones at play when it comes to our skin, and therefore our makeup.
Here’s everything you need to know about how to find your skin undertone. Let’s get into that shade!
Skin Undertone Categories
While it’s easy to figure out whether your skin is light or deep, undertones are more complicated.
The 3 basic kinds are:
Warm undertones usually have traces of gold and red in their skin.
Neutral undertones have an equal mix of cool and warm tones.
Cool undertones have hints of pink and blue in their skin.
Here’s a visual that may give you an idea of where you’d expect to fall on the spectrum:
Skin Undertone Facts
A few things to remember before we answer “What is my skin undertone?” once and for all.
That’s great news IOHO because it means you only have to figure out your undertones once.
Fair-skinned people can have warm undertones and dark-skinned people can have cool undertones.
It’s a mix-and-match world, baby, and that’s a beautiful thing!
That said, if you want a general rule, it’s this:
Skin Undertone Tips
There are a few tips when it comes to answering, “What is my skin undertone?”
Look at your wrist veins under natural light.
Put on a piece of gold jewelry and a piece of silver jewelry. Which looks better?
Put on a plain white T (OMG, remember Delilah? That song is 14 years old, you guys). Now go outside.
Skin Undertone Tricks
Not only will it walk you through undertones, but it will also give you direction as to which BOUNCE foundation you might want to try first. The best part: you can do it in less than 2 minutes.
Bonus tip: If you’re unsure whether your undertones are warm or cool, try a shade that matches your skin tone from both categories. The shade that disappears on your skin is your OTP!