Updated: Jul 24, 2020
You must first determine what your skin tone is to figure out how to aid to your skin type.
STEP #1: ANSWER “WHAT IS MY SKIN TONE?”
You can’t pick the right products for your skin tone (the natural color of your complexion) if you’re still asking, “What is my skin tone?” Put the guesswork aside and assess your skin tone with this simple breakdown.
If you have a fair skin tone…you’ve probably been described as having porcelain skin a time or two in your life.
If you have a light skin tone…you’re still pale—just not quite as much as your fair friends.
If you have a medium skin tone…you’re caught in the middle! Your skin tone isn’t super-dark or super-light but somewhere in between.
If you have a deep skin tone…your complexion is dark.
STEP #2: DETERMINE YOUR UNDERTONE
When it comes to finding makeup that matches your skin, it may come as a surprise that your skin tone isn’t all that matters. Yes, it’s important, but your undertone (the color that comes through your skin and affects its overall hue) plays a part in which products will work with your coloring, too. Here’s how to determine your undertone.
1. Look at the inside of your arm. All this tried-and-true method requires is flipping your wrist and taking a look at your veins. If they appear blue or purple, you’re cool-toned, while green veins indicate warm-toned skin. If you’re not sure, you very well might be neutral.
2. Hold a piece of white paper to your face. Placing something stark white, like a piece of paper, next to your face can help reveal your undertone. The white should create a cast of color on your skin. If your face suddenly appears pink or blue, it’s a sign you’re cool. If you look yellow, you’re warm. If your skin seems gray, you’re neutral.
3. Consider what color of jewelry looks best on you. Do you steer toward gold or silver jewelry? Almost everyone has one metal they’re more inclined toward! If gold complements your skin tone the best, you’re warm, while looking good in silver indicates cool undertones. If you’re an equal fan of both, you may have a neutral undertone.