4 Genius Hacks For Figuring Out Your Skin's Undertones

Updated 04/18/19

Most of us have probably been in a conversation that required us to nod along knowingly, even though we were completely lost (no judgment). If you find yourself in that position when someone starts talking about skin’s undertones, you’re not alone. It’s confusing—skin tone is one thing (got that down), but undertones are completely separate, and make a big difference when determining which makeup shades look best on you.

So, to ensure no one is left in the dark any longer, we’ve complied the best hacks for figuring out whether you’re warm, cool, or neutral. Got a spare minute or two?

Keep flipping through to find out your undertone once and for all!


First things first, take off your makeup and pull your hair back into a ponytail. This way your hair color can’t skew your assessment. Now grab a pure white piece of clothing and an off-white piece of clothing. Hold them up to your face one at a time. Do you look better in white? Your undertones are warm. If you look washed out in pure white and better in off-white, then your undertones are probably cool. Feel great in both colors? Your skin may have neutral undertones. Let’s try another test….


Next, think about how your skin reacts to the sun. Do you tan easily and rarely burn? Most people who tan have warm undertones. If you burn easily and tan very minimally, you most likely have a cool undertone to your skin. If you’re still not entirely convinced of your warmness or coolness, you could have neutral undertones. Keep reading to find out for sure…. 


Do you gravitate towards gold or silver jewelry? If you think you look best in gold accessories, you have a warm undertone. If silver is more flattering, your undertones are cool. If you think both gold and silver look good on you, then you might have neutral undertones. Try the next test to help you decide….

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Another quick way to determine your undertone is to look at your wrists, more specifically, your veins. Find some natural light and take a peek. Do your veins look slightly green? If so, you’re warm. If your veins have more of a blue tint or even a hint of purple, your undertones are cool. If you can’t quite decide and you feel like your veins are more of blue-green color, then you have neutral undertones.

So what’s the verdict? Are you warm, cool, or neutral? 

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