Dig up one of your old baby photos. Doesn’t that hair color look amazing on you? It may not be apparent at first glance, but your natural hair color and skin color are actually the same tone. By design, warm skin tones look best in warm colors while cool tones look best in cool colors. Mother Nature really knows her stuff! The goal is to pick a shade that best accentuates your natural features. Plus, knowing your skin tone helps you find your perfect makeup palette and outfit colors. So are you a warm or cool? Here’s how to find out…
Stand near a window
Using a mirror, look at the area directly beneath your eyes. Does the skin look purple-y, blue (cool tone) or more yellowish, green (warm tone)?
Do a blush test
Dust pink blush onto one cheek and peach blush on the other cheek. Apply it heavier than you typically would (don’t worry, you won’t be walking around in public like this!). Stand near a window and look into a mirror. Does the pink blush pick up pink tones in your skin? You’re most likely a cool. If the peach blush picks up golden tones in the skin, you’re a warm. Now look to see which blush looks better on you. Which one blends perfectly with your skin? Cool tones look best in pink, while warm tones will prefer the peach.
Check out your skin
Does it burn easily? If it does, that’s a pretty good indication that you’re a cool tone. Warm tones tend to tan easily leaving the skin a brownish hue (P.S. Even if you think you “tan easily” wear SPF daily).
“True olive skin tones are actually cool, not warm!”
Grab a white sheet
And drape it over your shoulders (no, it’s not Halloween!). You’ll want to see how your skin pops against the stark white fabric. If the sheet brings out blue-ish, pink tones in your skin, then you’re most likely a cool. Warm tones will see a yellow-ish, orange tint to skin.
Flip your wrist
What color are your veins? Blue veins indicate a cool undertone, while green veins indicate a warm undertone. See both? You’re most likely a neutral.
Wear a gold chain
And put a silver chain around your neck, too. Now take a step back. Which one looks better on you? Cool tones tend to look better in silver jewelry while gold compliments warm tones. Note: This test can be little tricky because jewelry is so subjective! That’s why it’s not our favorite. So use it as a deciding factor if you’re on the fence between two tones.
Okay, now tally up your answers. Did you find out you’re a neutral? Lucky you! You look good in peach and pink blush, and can wear either gold or silver. You also wear most hair color shades well!
Hair Color for Cool Tones
Reminder: Cool skin tones look best in cool hair colors! Some words that will help you determine if a shade of hair color is cool and will work with your skin tone are “ash,” “platinum” and “champagne.” Bonus: Cool tones tone down brassiness! If you have pale or more translucent skin, ash and cool tones also look great on you and so do true reds and burgundy.
Hair Color for Warm Tones
Warm skin tones look best in warm hair colors. Look for names like “golden,” “bronze,” and “copper” on your hair color box. Bonus: Warm tones in hair color will add warmth to your hair color, which is often seen as red or gold.
Note, cool skin tones typically have a blue or pink tint to them. While yellow, orange (and even green) indicate a warm tone. If your skin tone is ruddy, choosing an ash or cool hair color can help tone down any redness instantly! When in doubt, almost everyone looks fabulous in a neutral hair color.