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Friday, 8 May 2015

Finding Your Skin Tone - Guest post!

I have a great new guest post by Cassie Brewer, who is going to take you through finding your skin tone! Its one of those things that a lot of us 'think' we know but really we have it all wrong!

Cassie has put together a brilliant info graphic to help you find out what your skin tone is and help you make a proper decision when choosing the makeup that suits you!

Find Your Skin Tone and Get a More Fabulous Complexion 

We always focus on skin type when choosing makeup and fashion colors. But your skin type can change with time, such as due to sun exposure or the use of skin lightening products. Much more important than your skin type is your skin tone. It never changes and matching colors to it is a guaranteed way to look beautiful and radiant! Read on to find your skin tone. 

There are two types of skin tones: warm and cool. Warm tones give your skin an off-white or yellow tone, whereas cool skin tones will have a blue or pink hue to them. Conduct a few tests to find out if you’re warm or cool.
DIY Skin Tone Tests 

  • Sun Test

Look at what happens to your skin when exposed to the sun. Do you tan easily? If so, you have a slightly yellow undertone to your skin and are warm-toned. If you burn easily, then you have lower melanin in your skin and your skin tone will probably be pink-red or blue.

  • White Paper Test

Take a sheet of white paper and hold it up to your face when you look in the mirror. Make sure you’re not wearing makeup so you get a good reading. Next to the white, does your skin look a little yellow? If so, you have a warm skin tone. If the white paper brings out a pink or blue tone, you have a cool skin tone.

  • Jewellery Test

What metals look best on your skin? Does your skin look vibrant with silver or platinum, or does it glow when you wear gold? These point to your skin tone. If silver looks good, then you have a cool tone, while gold looks beautiful on warm skin tones. 

  • Vein Test

Stand outside and look at the veins on your wrists. If they are blue, then you have a cool tone. If they are green, you have a warm skin tone.

If silver and gold look good on you, and you have green as well as blue veins, then your skin tone is neutral. This is great because you can wear both metals and colors from both groups! 

Tone Up Your Color Choices 

Now that you know what your skin tone is, you can make the right color choices. Ever worn a foundation or lipstick color that made you look pale, tired, or dull? The color was clashing with your skin tone! An easy way to prevent this and wear colors that complement you is to choose warm colors if you have a warm skin tone and cool colors if your skin tone is cool.
  • Warm colors are those that remind us of the sun and heat, such as yellow, orange, red, as well as combinations of these. Darker colors can also be warm if they contain these warm shades. For instance, green with a yellow hue to it will warm it up.
  • Cool colors are linked to sea and sky: they include greens, blues, and purple shades. Earthy colors can be cool provided they have a cool hue to  them. For instance, a red lipstick can match a cool skin tone if it contains a bit of blue.

Find Your Skin Season

Other important parts of your skin tone are contrast and season.

Your skin’s contrast is either high or muted.
  • A high contrast means that there is a big difference between your hair color, eye color, and skin tone. So, you might have really dark hair and eyes with pale skin.
  • Muted contrast means that you have less of a gap between the saturation of your skin compared to that of your hair and eyes. For instance, you might have ash blonde hair with blue eyes and pale skin.

Once you know your contrast, you can figure out your season.


If you’re spring, this means you have a warm skin tone and high contrast between your hair and eyes, and skin. An example is dark hair and pale skin that has a yellowish undertone to it. Great color choices for you include light and soft colors, such as rose pink or egg yolk yellow.


You have a warm skin tone with a muted contrast. So, you might have light hair and pale eyes with a yellowish-toned skin. Rich earthy tones, such as forest green and spicy browns make you look radiant.


You have a cool skin tone with a high contrast. An example is if you have a pink or blue tinge to your skin and it is much lighter than your hair color. Go for jewel tones, such as purple and aquamarine.


You have a cool skin tone with a low contrast. For instance, olive skin (with a pink/blue hue) and features that aren’t much darker than your skin color, such as brown hair and hazel eyes. Neutral colors and pastels work well with your skin, so choose sky blue, emerald, and peach for example.

Finding your skin tone is an easy way to start having fun with color choices so you can look gorgeous every time you leave the house. 

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