Happy Sunday Folks!
Just last week I was shopping in the mall and everywhere I looked, I saw huge hoardings of L’Oréal and MAC Foundations claiming that they have the perfect match for your skin tone… If you know what your skin tone is!! In fact, these foundations are even named D7W7 ; N6 ; NC 41 ; NW 50 etc… Sounds like Greek to most people I’m sure… Whatever happened to good old fashioned names such as Sand Beige, Honey Caramel I wonder 😅!!!
The problem really begins with the fact that how many of us know that our skins colour/complexion is made up of two factors :
1. TONE – This is the actual colour of our skin that you can see on top in natural daylight. It is often referred to as very fair, fair, medium, olive, tan, dark, very dark etc. Our skin tone changes according to the season, depending on how fast we tend to tan. It is best to check for your skin tone on an area which doesn’t catch the sun ( or doesn’t tan ).
2. UNDERTONE – This doesn’t change at all. We don’t see it at first sight but it is what makes your skin look rather Cool or rather Warm or Neutral. Basically, our skin colour is a mixture of a lot of colours. So, the undertones are what we don’t see but what makes our skin look the way it does.
COOL AND WARM UNDERTONES
EAMPLE OF UNDERTONES WITHIN SKIN TONES
So, WHY IS IT SO IMPORTANT FOR EVERYONE TO KNOW THEIR UNDERTONE –
This is because when you wear clothes or cosmetics (everything from your foundation, eyeshadow, lipstick, hair colour etc. ) which are of the same undertone as your skin, suddenly you look more radiant and healthy. People will compliment you by saying things like ‘Wow! You look like you have just been on a vacation .’ or ‘You look more beautiful than usual today, your eyes seem to be shining.’
To explain this a bit further…
People with Cool Undertones should wear more Cool colours such as Green, Blue, Purple etc. Cool colours are the ones which remind you about the coolness of the water or sky. They are psychologically more calming colours.
People with Warm undertones should more warm colours such as Red, Yellow, Orange etc. Warm colours are the ones which remind you about the warmth/heat of the sun or fire. They are psychologically more stimulating and exciting.
People with Neutral undertones are lucky as they can wear both warm and cool colours 😊.
COOL AND WARM COLOURS ON THE COLOUR WHEEL
In my next blog, I will share with you 3 simple tests which will help you to determine your skin’s undertone. Once you have determined that, it will be so much easier to figure out which colours to wear and look fantastic all the time 😇.