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Nidhi Maheshwari

How to determine your undertones?

Choosing a right shade of foundation can be intimidating. Isn’t it? Especially when you‘re not someone who is into makeup.  We either rely on sales person in the store or pick the one that visually looks close to our complexion. That’s how I used to choose my foundation and concealer until I learned makeup professionally.

Our skin has a surface tone and an undertone. Surface tone is the colour of skin that we can see in the mirror and changes from time to time because of the various factors such as sun exposure, pollution, excess or less production of melanin; climate changes etc. while undertone is colour underneath the surface tone. It usually remains unaffected by the external factors.

Everyone irrespective of their surface tone or skin colour falls into either of three undertones – Warm, Cool or Neutral.

Why is knowing undertone so important?

Undertone gives an overall hue to our skin. Knowing your undertone will save you from investing in wrong shade of corrector, concealer and foundation.

How to identify your undertone?

# Warm-Tone Cool-Tone Neutral
1. Check the colour of your veins on wrist Green Bluish-purple Mix of both Green & Bluish-purple
2. Jewellery Gold jewellery looks good on you Silver jewellery looks good on you People with neutral undertone look good in both gold and silver
3. Tan or Sunburn You generally tend to get tanned on being exposed to sun. You generally tend to get a sunburn on being exposed to sun You tend to tan and on over-exposure to the sun get sunburns.4

Are you still confused?

Ok! Don’t Worry! Just do this exercise. Go in front of a mirror. Now compare the tone/colour of your face to your chest. Do you see difference between the tone of face and chest? This is because the tone of our face changes due to various factors such as regular exposure to sun, pollution, etc., while tone of chest remains unaffected as it remains covered most of the times.

 Now continue observing the tone of your chest

 -if your skin looks yellow or golden yellow or peachy and hints of green then you’ve a warm undertone,

-if you see hints of blue, pink, red then you’re cool undertone and;

-if you see yellow with some hints of red or pink then you fall under neutral undertone.

Try doing this exercise in natural light for better understanding.

Here is the reference image to make things little more simpler for you.

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