You’ve probably already heard of terms such as ‘cool’, ‘warm’ or ‘neutral’ when shopping for makeup. These terms refer to your skin undertone. Knowing your skin undertone can help you find the right eyebrow colour to perfectly complement your complexion and make you look as beautiful and natural as possible.
Skin Tone Vs. Skin Undertone
Let’s first start by differentiating these two terms. Your skin tone is the colour of your skin’s outer layer, while your undertone is the colour beneath your skin surface. Note that your surface colour can get lighter or darker, depending on the season, or skin conditions such as rosacea, but your undertone will remain the same no matter what.
Categories of skin undertones
Skin undertones fall into three main categories. These are:
• Cool – This category includes red, pink or bluish colours.
• Warm – This category includes peachy, golden or yellows colours.
• Neutral – People who fall in this category have a mixture of cool and warm colours.
Determining Your Skin Undertone
Since it is not easy to determine your skin undertone by just looking at it, we’ve compiled some simple ways to help you out. But don’t just rely on one test. You need two or three to combine to definitely say what your undertone is.
Look at your veins
This is one of the most popular methods of determining your undertone. What’s the colour of the veins on the inside of your wrist? If they look green, then you have a warm undertone. On the other hand, if your veins are bluish or deep purple in colour, you probably have a cool undertone. And if you can’t tell easily whether they are green or blue, then you fall in the neutral family.
How does your skin react when exposed to the sun?
When exposed to the sun does your skin tan easily but rarely burn? If so, then you have a warm undertone. However, if you usually prefer to sit under a shade, because your skin burns easily, then you are cool-toned. If you don’t tan much or burn much, that’s an indication you are probably neutral.
What colours flatter you best?
Each and every one of us has certain colours we prefer because we look good in them. For instance, if you like clothes or jewellery in earth tones such as yellow, brown, orange and red, then most likely, you have a warm undertone. On the other hand, if you look best in purples or blues, then you’re most likely a cool-toned person. There are also very lucky people who can get away with any colour. If you fall into this category, you have a neutral undertone.
Check your hair and eye colour
Lastly, you can find out your undertone by looking at the natural colour of your hair and eyes. Warm-tones people tend to have hazel, brown or amber eyes and black, brown, red or strawberry blonde hair. Cool-toned people, on the other hand, tend to have green, blue or grey eyes, with black, brown or blonder hair.
All in all, determining your skin undertone may seem like a lot of work; but in the end, it’s all worth it. When you know your undertone, it’ll be much easier for you to find the right eyebrow pigmentation colour which will make your eyebrows blend perfectly with the other elements of your face.