Warm or Cool - Skin and Hair
If you don't know your color direction, identify whether you have a Warm or Cool skin tone. It's the most important factor in helping you to choose the best makeup colors, hair shades and even the clothes that you wear.
You apply makeup to look more attractive so obviously it's better if you choose the most flattering shades for your skin. In fact it's even more important than the color of your clothes because your face is where everyone looks first!
Even after Color Analysis...
Even if you've had Color Analysis your color consultant may not have made your undertone clear to you. This is important to you, if you're not told, make sure you ASK!
Complementing your undertone is a major factor in being able to look healthier and more attractive.
The pictures (above and below) show Amy Adams with an obviously golden Warm skin and the equally lovely Michelle Pfeiffer with an obviously pink toned Cool complexion.
WARM (left) and COOL (right)
So what's your skin tone Warm or Cool?
We're talking about the undertone of your skin not the color of your complexion. So although it may be easy for many to spot, it won't be quite so easy for every ethnicity.
If you have a Warm undertone, your skin will lean towards peach, yellow or golden tones and be complemented by Warm colors.
If you have a Cool undertone, your skin will lean towards pink red or blue tones and be complemented by Cool colors.
It's easy to see the difference between the two beautiful faces above because one is obviously golden and the other obviously pink but it's not always that easy.
You may read that a Warm undertone will tan better than a Cool but that's not true. There are fair skinned Warms and fair skinned Cools and both will be equally sensitive and burn in the sun. There are also darker skinned Warms and Cools who take a tan.
Can you identify yourself WARM or COOL?
You won't qualify on every point I list below, but there's likely to be a definite lean towards one or the other.
- ivory, golden, beige or olive
- freckles now or in the past
- golden or red tones in your hair
- look good in rich creams/golds
- enjoy wearing earthy shades
- find bright cool pinks harsh
- gold jewelry flatters your skin
- pink toned skin that flushes
- deeper toned skin may be sallow
- a grey rim around the eye iris
- the veins in your wrist are blue
- pure or soft white looks good
- favor pinks, blues, jewel tones
- yellow is bad against your skin
- you find muddy shades dull
- silver and pearls flatter your skin
These colors will suit you best...
Lights and Deeps
For lighter skin you might choose the lighter shades, for deeper toned skin you may choose the darkest shades. But as long as you follow the color palette and the complementary undertone you really can't go far wrong!
COOL hair tones will help...
always has an ash tone - fair to light brown as a child, perhaps even
white blonde, deepening to mid ash brown through to deep brunette. There
may occasionally be
a slight red tone (few people are 100% cool) but with a Cool skin tone
it doesn't particularly suit you.
or WARM hair will give you a clue
WARM HAIR will always have a red influence - golden blonde, light titian red, auburn or even red toned chestnut. It could even be dark but with is a slight red undertone.
Color choice is often instinctive
You will probably instinctively choose and feel an affinity with colors that belong to the same Color Family as your own
The golden chrysanthemums and the leaves are Warm colors. If you chose these flowers then you probably have Warm coloring because instinct and choice usually follows your color family.
The pink roses and the deep green leaves are Cool colors. If you chose these flowers then you probably have Cool coloring because instinct and choice usually follows your color family.
Nature always gets it right. The leaves and flower of every plant belong to the same color family so that they are complementary.
Having difficulty with your skin tone?
I hope you've found it possible to identify your skin tone but if not then it's time for Online Color Analysis where I'll determine your individual color palette so you can always look your best.
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