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How to Find the Best Colors for Your Skin Tone


Do you have a signature color? Is your closet feeling uninspiring? It’s easy to find yourself getting into the habit of wearing the same color palette all day, every day. While you might be thinking about your body type or the latest trends, your skin tone is just as important when shopping for new clothes.


Choosing the right colors for your skin tone can help you accentuate your natural features and create a more flattering outfit. When you choose the wrong colors, your skin can often look sickly or dull by comparison. We’re sharing our guide on how to find the best colors for your skin tone and which colors should be your go-to.


The three different types of skin tones

Finding your skin tone is easier than you think. There are only three categories – cool, warm, and neutral. Cool skin tones have pink undertones, while warm complexions have yellow undertones. By comparison, a neutral skin tone has a mixture of the town. Even if your skin becomes tan during the summer, your skin tone won’t change.


How to determine your skin tone

Finding out your skin tone is easier than you think. The simplest way is to look at the veins in your wrist. These are the veins that sit nearest to the surface. If you have a light complexion, you should be able to see these veins through your skin. Blue veins are a sign of a cool skin tone, while green veins indicate a warm skin tone. If you can’t tell whether your veins are blue or green, you probably fall into the neutral category.


If you’re not able to see your veins, you can use the paper test. Take a piece of white paper and place it against your skin, helping you see which colors show up. Your chest and throat are the best places to try this trick as your face can often be redder due to sun exposure. If you see more blue or pink colors, your skin tone is cool. Green and gold colors indicate a warm skin tone.


How your skin reacts to the sun can also determine your skin tone. If you easily burn in the sun, you’ve likely got cool undertones. Skin that tans instead of burning in the sun usually has a warm skin tone.


What colors work for your skin tone?

It might take some trial and error to find the right colors for your skin tone, especially as your hair color is just as important. You typically want to go for the opposite of your skin tone – such as choosing warm jewel tones for cool skin tones.


If you have a cool skin tone, look out for colors like blue, pink, lavender, and emerald. You want to create a contrast against your cool skin tone by focusing on jewel tones. Avoid wearing bright hues of orange and yellow as this can clash with your skin, as well gold jewelry.


With a warm skin tone, you want to gravitate towards brown, warm reds, greens, and gold hues. Neutral colors are also your best friend, particularly greys and beige. Try and avoid jewel tones or shades that might wash out your complexion.


If you have a neutral skin tone, you get the best of both worlds. You want to focus on your complexion and hair color when choosing your signature color palette.


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