Your best colors: How to determine your skin tone and Undertones.

The key to understanding the colors that work best for you, is first understanding what Skin tone and undertone category you’re in. Why is it important to determine your skin tone and undertone? It will help you to choose everything from, your best colors, jewelry, foundation, blush, hair color and lipstick. Also the undertone is exactly the thing that helps match all make up perfectly by choosing the same undertone in eye shadows, lipsticks and lip glosses. You just need to choose foundation in according to your skin tone taking into account the undertone (blue, pink, yellow or green).

Skin tone Categories:

Light. Palest skin, often with freckles. Doesn’t tan at all or tans hardly, always with sun burns.  Have blue, pink or green undertones. For example, Julianne Moore, Amanda Seyfried, Anne Hathaway.

Fair. Pale skin that tans lightly and looks quite natural with small amount of bronzing. Fair skin tone has yellow, green or pink undertones, for example, Cate Blanchette, Haruka Ayase, and Coco Rocha.

Medium. Naturally beige or lightly sun-tanned skin with yellow to golden undertones. For example, Takei Emi, Gisele Bundchen, Natalie Portman.

Light/Dark Tan. Often with a Mediterranean, Asian, Indian and Brazilian descent. Usually known as olive skin tone. Often seems unhealthy without sun because of greenesh undertone. Light tan skin tone goes with green, yellow and golden undertones. Aishwarya Rai, Penelope Cruz, Morena Baccarin for example.

Tan. Pale among the dark skin colors. Olive, coffee, caramel hues. Has cool yellow with hint of green or warm yellow golden undertones. For example, Rihanna, Kim Kardashian, Halle Berry.

Dark tan. More intensive color skin that looks quite warm, but rarely can be ashen. Undertones can be greenish yellow (that looks ashen) and golden to red, for example, Naomi Campbell, Chanel Iman, Sara Nuru.

Brown. Naturally beige or lightly sun-tanned skin with yellow to golden undertones. For example, India Arie, Tais Araujo, Lauryn Hill.

Bronze and ebony. Exotically rare for blue-black undertone. Usually comes with warm red undertone. Alek Wek, Viola Davis, Jeneil Williams for example.

Next, you will want to determine your skin undertones.

One of the most common ways of determining your skin undertones is by looking at the veins on the underside of your forearm in natural sunlight. If they look bluish, then you have a cool tone, and if they look more green or yellow then you have warm skin. If they are a mix, or you can’t really tell, then you probably have neutral skin.

Undertones are in the categories of:

Cool Tones (pink, red or bluish undertones)

Neutral Tones (a mix of warm and cool undertones)

Warm/Golden Tones (yellow or golden undertones)

Hair, and Eye Color

Looking at your natural eye and hair colors can also help you figure out your coloring. Typically, cool people have eyes that are blue, gray, or green and have blond, brown, or black hair with blue, silver, violet and ash undertones. By contrast, warm people usually have amber, hazel, brown, or black eyes with strawberry blond, red, brown, or black hair. Their hair tends to have gold, red, orange, or yellow undertones.


You can also try using jewelry to see whether your skin is warm, cool, or neutral. If you look better wearing silver, white gold, and platinum, you probably have cool skin, but if you look better with yellow gold, then you’re probably have a warm skin tone. The metal that works with your skin undertones will complement your skin and make you look fresh. If you look equally good with both, then you have a neutral skin tone.


Cool skin tones favor metals such as silver, platinum, and white gold.

Warm skin tones favor metals such as gold, pewter, brass, and copper.

Complementary Colors:

Cool skin tones favor stones such as white pearls and diamonds. Stone color should focus on jewel tones such as pinks, purples, blues, reds, and magentas.

Warm skin tones favor stones such as coral or golden toned pearls. Stone color should focus on more earthy tones such as browns, oranges, greens, yellows, peaches, corals, and also turquoise.

White Cloth

A fourth way of determining skin undertones is to pull your hair back and put a white cloth like a towel or T-shirt around your neck and shoulders. If your face looks blue or pink, you have cool skin. If your face looks yellowish or peachy, you have warm skin. Neutral skinned people normally look greenish next to the white cloth.

Professional Help

If you still can’t tell what type of skin you have or you want to learn more about what colors, makeup, jewelry and clothing look best on you, you may want to attend a color class or make an appointment with a stylist at SLP Image branding and Fashion Styling group at

Hope this was helpful my loves!  Let me know your thoughts…