With back to school season in full swing, many of you might be getting ready to experiment with new makeup colors. But how do you know what colors will be most flattering on your skin tone? I’ve gotten a lot of great beauty questions recently, but the one I wanted to tackle today is a tricky term that everyone should know and understand: undertone. If you’ve ever gone shopping for the perfect foundation, you may have run into this term. A lot of beauty tutorials may tell you which makeup looks better on warm versus cool tones, but that isn’t very helpful if you don’t know what those tones mean.  Ready for the 411 on undertones? Here we go!
find your undertone

Here’s what you need to know…

  • Skin tones are often confused for undertones, but they are not the same thing
  • An undertone is the color that lies beneath the skin. It is almost like a shadow below your skin color. While your skin tone can change, the undertone never does.
  • You can have a cool, warm, or neutral undertone.

Here’s how to find your undertone…

  • One way to find your undertone is to think about which colors look best on you – if you tend to look better in cool colors, like blue and white, it’s probably because of your cool undertone. If you gravitate toward oranges or pinks, chances are you have a warm undertone.
  • Study your veins: If they are blue, your undertones are cool. If your veins have a greener tint, it is because your warm undertone makes the color look warmer. Do you have both colors, or veins that appear in between? You may have a neutral undertone.
  • There are other ways of finding your undertone, like trying on jewelry to see what really makes your skin glow – if silver is your go-to, you likely have a cool undertone, and if gold looks best, it could be a result of having a warm undertone


Does this give you an idea of what your undertone is? Try these tests and let me know in the comments!

Also, what would you like to see in my next Ask Michelle post?

<3 Mish


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