How to Find Skin Tone

Skin Tone

So many times we buy something because we get so attracted to its color but when we get home and try it on, it just doesn’t seem to suit us. This goes for everything; from clothes and accessories to makeup etc. There are always some colors which will look much better on us compared with other colors. That’s why it is important to know one’s skin tone to enhance one’s outer beauty. Usually our skin tones – warm or cool is determined by the undertones of our skin. Then it becomes easy to mix and match colors accordingly for the best look. Most of the Indian complexions are warm unless they have light colored eyes or naturally pink cheeks or very fair/ pale skin.

warm cool skin tone

Ways to find out your skin tone:-

1. Material Test

Hold two pieces of fabric cloth against your face. One cloth should be silver in color and the other in gold. Analyze which one looks better on you, silver or gold. One of those colors will brighten up your face instantly. If silver does, then you are cool toned; if golden does then you are warm toned. If both for instance look equally good against your face, you might be neutral. This could be done using a silver and gold foil too.

2. Vein Test

If the veins on your wrist look green then you have warm skin tone due to yellow undertones whereas if they appear blue you have a cool skin tone due to pink undertones.

3. Ear Test

Bend your ear forwards. You will find a small patch of skin with a little crease. That small patch will be either pink or yellow. If it’s yellow your skin is warm and if it pink it’s cool. Obviously you won’t be able to look yourself behind your ears, so you will need someone’s help.

Note: Make sure to carry them out in natural lightning, not artificial one.

Here are few colors you need to consider for your tones:-

1. For Hair Color

If you have cool tone, you should opt for blonde, black, hazel for your hair in case you ever want to color them. In case of warm, opt for shades of brown like auburn & deep red like burgundy.

2. For Accessories

Warm skin tones should go for gold finished accessories and cool tones should go for silver finished accessories.

skin tone colors

3. For Clothing

For clothing all colors suit all tones just the shade should be right one. For example, you can see in the color wheel above warm tones should go for yellow greens where as cooler tones should go for darker greens with blue undertones like teal.

warm cool skin tone

4. For Makeup

Warm tones should go for sunset kind of colors like yellows, oranges, brown, reds and the like. For eyeshadows, consider more of gold, bronze, copper, taupe etc. For lipsticks & blushes look for peaches, peachy pinks, browns, corals. Cool tones should go for jewel tone colors based on blues, pinks, purples, violets. For lipsticks & blushes look for rosy pinks, purples & blue based reds.

Anyone can try any color they like. This guideline will just help you to decide which shades will work better for you compared to others.

Also Read:

Skin Care: How To Determine Your Skin Type
How to Care for Oily Skin
How to Even Out Your Skin Tone
Clinique Even Better Skin Tone Corrector Review
Foundation: How To Choose Right Foundations for Skin
How to Choose, Blend Foundation on Skin

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149 thoughts on “How to Find Skin Tone

  1. hey Rati, u know what, i veins appear clear blue, showing i’m cool toned but my face has more of a yellow pale skin and terracotas, mochas suits my lips best. Does that means i’m somewhere in between cool n warm?? ?:) ?:) ?:) ?:) ?:)

    1. Hey Prerana, do blue based pinks such as Fuschia suit you as well as mochas & terracotas? Then maybe you are a neutral and just about anything would suit you 🙂

  2. This is such an awesome article Insiya!! ..I think I’ll have to print this whole reference chart and stick in on my cupboard!! :toothygrin: :toothygrin: :toothygrin: :thanks: :thanks: :thanks: :thanks: :thanks: for sharing it here..

    Everyone Goooooooood maarning!!! :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: holiday tomorrow!! :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: and I am totally in :inlove: :inlove: :inlove: :inlove: with Yash!! It made me wear a bright orangy lipgloss with sooooooo much difference and aweeeeeesomeness….It has re-defined my face..he he he..I have never received so many compliments before..just coz people think I haven’t applied any makeup! :secret2: :secret2: :secret2: ….and it looks exactly like that!! :haanji: :haanji: :haanji: :haanji: :haanji: :haanji:

    1. RADSSSSSSSS!!! :-* :-* :-* :-* :-* :-* You invite me for your temporary blog..I want to copy my comments and paste on your siahi fluidline EOTD!! :smug: :smug: :smug: :smug: :smug: :smug: :smug: :smug:

  3. Very informative! I guess sticking to one’s true color tone truly helps and since it always suits you,it gives you perfect idea what to look for! :bravo:

  4. Wow Insiya…..a big thank you from me………I did the gold and silver test….I am warm toned….gold looks better on me…….i didn;t know I wsa what toned….now I know :happydance: :happydance: :happydance: :happydance: :happydance: :happydance: :happydance:

        1. Rads….I thought we had that mallu-mallu sentiment :hunterwali: :hunterwali: :hunterwali: :hunterwali: :hunterwali: :hunterwali:

  5. and I think I am neutral toned!! Coz I have a silver colored dress which looks good on me..and gold jewelry also suits me a lot!!! :happydance: :happydance: :happydance: :happydance: :happydance: :happydance:

  6. Cali…………….good morning… wore orange lip glass today na…over yash…..I can see everything…..I am a little psychic :ghost2: :ghost2: :ghost2:

    1. ahaan…its looking really good Jomol………I was planning to throw away that orange gloss, just because of its bright orange color..Donno why I bought it at first place..but its looking so nudish peach and awesomeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!! :woot: :woot: :woot: ..and you psychic??? hmmm..tell then wat are poutmati and Rads doing right now??! :giggle: :giggle: :giggle: :giggle: :snicker: :snicker: :snicker:

      1. Cali..Jomol told me she is horrible with cooking..blah blah..and whatever she makes is so horrible, etc, etc…but really I thought she was being modest ?:) ?:) but NOOOOOOOOOO…she is so horrible..I was talking to her and making dinner…and it turned out so horrible 😐 😐 😐 😐 😐 😐 😐

        1. hainn? You were making dinner while asking her the recipe on phone??????? 😯 😯 😯 😯 😯 ….I am sure now Jomol does make cynide dhoklas and rock solid idlis!! 😐 😐 😛

          1. No no me making my dinner..she called…I spoke to her…and she was just generally telling ke she horrids with cooking ..dint know she could spoil someone else’s dinner through phone also!!!!!

            1. Hawwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww Rads :weep: :weep: :weep: :weep: :weep: :weep: :weep: you want to say that i am jinxed with cooking….I even spoilt your cooking na… :weep: :weep: :weep: :weep: :weep: ……………….but good idea….I will call all my dushmans at their dinner prep times and talk to them and they will spoil it all….good idea :happydance: :happydance: :happydance: :happydance: :happydance: :happydance:

  7. I am confused toned ?:) ?:) ?:) ?:) ?:) Gold no good on me..Love silver…but I feel I look dull and darkish in whites..I mean, more dull and more darkish 😀 😀 ?:) ?:) ?:) ?:) ?:) And all these cool-toned eyeshadows they look dumb on me…or so I I am wondering do I know anything 😐 😐 😐 😐 😐 ?:) ?:) ?:)

  8. Cali……i love orange so much….i eat that orange candy to get my lips orange stained… gareeb i am……low class…. :jiggy1: :jiggy1:

    you know Poutmati has gone out to throw garbage in her neigbour’s front yard before they wake up and Rads tho is taking out her pav bhaji which she made like two months ago from the freezer and re-heating it using the fire she made using dried sticks and logs that she picked up yesterday :haanji:

    1. :lol2: :lol2: :lol2: :lol2: :lol2: :lol2: Jomolllllllll….. :worship: :worship: :worship: :worship: :worship: :worship: :worship: :worship: :jaiho: :jaiho: :jaiho: :jaiho:

  9. No sticks here Jomol..we poverty stricken ppl stay in an trees here…so I burned all my Chanel paper bags for the fire…what to what happens – problems of us poor people :weep: :weep: :weep: :weep: :weep:

      1. Hawwwww…you eyeing the stickers I got…I nagged and nagged to get them…donchooo put your evil drishti on them :cyclops: :cyclops: :cyclops: :cyclops: :cyclops: :cyclops: :cyclops: :cyclops: :cyclops: :cyclops:

  10. I am tho warm toned only…..but rads even i don’;t like wearing cream coloured dresses coz they dull me out completely………… know….i will offer to take your gold jewellery if it doesnot suit you :haanji: :haanji: :haanji: :haanji: :haanji:

      1. What’s platinum….when I was studying chemistry in college, there was no metal called platinum….i don’t recognize what I didn’t study in college…… :smug: :smug: :smug: :smug: :smug:

  11. yeah Rads….this price rise, onions becoming costly….no 2 rs per kg rice also now…..we poor people living below poverty line are purchasing kerosene on ration cards that too that ration wala does not give correctly…..lonly 1 or 2 liters, and we add pipe water to make it to 15 liters….sob sob….sneeze….. :weep: :weep: :weep: :weep: :weep: at least you have chanel bags rads….and Cali so tho so rich….she wore orange gloss today :silly: :silly:

              1. Even I dont have any ration card :secret: :secret: :secret: :secret: :weep: :weep: :weep: ..What is the use of it except for address proof purposes..I think I’d have to get one made if I need to get cooking gas connection..hai na? Right now my PG aunty provides me that facility!! 🙂 🙂

                1. No you don’t need ration card for gas…my sis got without all this..if you want I will find out from her exactly what you need…she needed to get a letter from her office.

                  1. ohhh..coool… 😀 😀 I’ll call you whenever I shift somewhere else and have to get the cooking gas connection!! 😀 😀 :thanks: :thanks: :thanks: :thanks: :thanks: :thanks:

  12. Heheheee…see the recent comments naa…is Cali, Jomol, Rads 😀 😀 Yipppeee we managed to fill IMMB with enough rubbish comments :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: :happydance: :happydance: :happydance: :happydance: :happydance: :happydance:

  13. Is 0930…Where’s Rati… ?:) ?:) ?:) ?:) O:) O:) O:) O:) pingponging :toothygrin: :toothygrin: :toothygrin: :toothygrin: :toothygrin: :toothygrin:

    1. Good morning Ratiiiiiiiiii…. :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: Marning marning I thanked you..and then Jomol, Rads and me spammed IMBB…Rads blog is back..and Jomol has eaten lots of oranges to get orange color on her lips!! :yelo: :yelo: :yelo: :yelo: :yelo: :yelo: :yelo: :yelo:

      1. He ramm…yess me Happy Singh for Radhika… :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: You spammmed :hunterwali:

        Jomol grr prr you wait till i post your double decker green article :stars:

        1. Poutmati… be good to me today, i be good to you today….anyways….I have little of liver left after watching MC do makeup for you and you sitting there as if you were doing a favour for him….my liver completely burnt away :pumpkin: :pumpkin:

  14. you daayans…dont have a white ration card…..with a white ration card….you will get

    30 kg of low-quality rice for only rs 2 for each kg
    30 liters of mitti ka thel
    4 kgs uniodizes salt
    10 kgs dosa moong dal

    1. yeah,…..I have to dole out like rs. 300 for that 1 kg garlic and I like put my entire day’s wage of rs 300 for that…… :weep: :weep: :weep:

        1. The mad ramblings is back :happydance: :happydance: :happydance: :happydance:

          I shopped more , kill me okay. 😐 And i’ll flaunt today :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo:

              1. BRUSHES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Noooooooooo..pls tell me you didnt buy that cute golumolu brush…I want it ….. so badly badly want it cos its so supercute chotumotu cute….I hate you :violinbash:

                  1. 😐 😐 😐 😐 She bought the whole brush kit 😐 😐 😐 😐 😐 😐 😐 I died 😐 😐 😐 😐 😐 Was nice knowing some of you all in this janam 😐 😐 😐 😐 😐

          1. 😐 😐 😐 😐 😐 😐 Nahiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiinnnnnnnnnnnn….One more person flaunting and I will just die 😐 😐 😐 😐

  15. @isisya oye bale o balle awsum article!very needed :woot: 😆 @rati the other day i was commenting on the foundation video ki putmati ji mujhe nc or nw ke differences batao!yeyy to this mast article!my sisys wdngs coming up and ma surely taking this colourchart to whicehever boutique i go to!!! :waytogo: :waytogo: :waytogo: :waytogo: :waytogo: !!!

    i still need to distinguish between nc and nw as per the query ive posted on ur mac pro longwear foundation pleaseee jawab do na poutmati ji :kissed:

    also cali ur so bubble yaar!earlier i came but lit gone so cudnt comment also jumping he eh loving u :victory:

    morninngg all

  16. I am so green.. :green: :green: :green: :green: :green: Like I dont even feel like putting greenies green…I am so green..I think I will just ignore Rati for a few days… :hunterwali:

  17. She bought the whole brush kit :hypnotized: :hypnotized: :hypnotized: :hypnotized: :ghost2: :ghost2: :ghost2: :ghost2: :ghost2: :ghost2: :ghost2: :ghost2: :ghost2: :ghost2:

  18. Dear Donkey,

    Pls tell a certain “RATTYYYYYYY” that I will be ignoring her from now on…till I get a golumolu brush at least :weep: :weep: :weep:

    Me no angry with you cos you didnt get it for her…you a good donkey :toothygrin:

    Rads :weep: :weep:

      1. Eh..Illamasqua????? the golumolu cute brush there in MAC MC collection also..but is a permanent brush..see I don’t know what it is and all..I can identify it when i see it… 😐 😐 😐

  19. Rads and Cali….do you want to be fraands with this poutmati anymore….she went back and bought a brush kit……from MC…and you know I compared her friendly friendly pic with mc and mc was posing with aishwarya rai, priyanka chopra in the same way as he was posing with poutmati…. :violinbash: :violinbash: :violinbash: :violinbash:

    1. yeah…and MC is coming here today..and me and Rads have no chance to go there and flaunt….I wonder if he’d even notice me!! :suspense: :suspense: :suspense: :suspense: And if it starts talking MAC language, I’ll faint there in the store only!!! :(( :((

  20. No Jomol..the individual you are talking about…me no fraands with her anymore…me searching for new fraaands now :weep: :weep: :weep: :weep: :weep:

  21. do i have the privilege to suggest a few good fraands to you who would make your life happier???? :tongue: :yelo: :yelo: :yelo:

  22. i toh try allll of this all the time!!! but i still end up sooo confused!!! now i want to rely on some other person to tell me my undertone..
    do u think the MA’s at mac will be able to help me out correctly?? but the mac store itself has artificial lighting.. and few mac SAs from a particular mac store here are realy dumb and have gvn me wrong stuff mostly …. :weep: :weep: :weep: :weep:

    1. you know Neha. Tell the mac sa’s about how u find it very difficult to judge anything in the mac lightning and if u can have a tiny sample which u can try at home and outside to see if it actually suits you or not. That way you could ask ur friends and other people who can judge which shade suits you better. If the SA’s disagree you could go talk to the manager about the issue. I’m sure they won’t deny then laters. It’s all about customer service afterall!!

  23. hello gabbar ji..aap shayad neutral honge like Cali & Shreya. The best technique to find out is try a mocha shade lipstick as it’s yellow-gold based and try fuschia since its blue based and if both suit you equally well and brighten up your face in a good way then ur neutral!!! 😀 😀

  24. great article 🙂 i tried out all the test and found myself unbeleiveably warm-tone, but i did’nt like the colors in the warm section and the ones in the cool section are so pretty :doh:

    1. Lol I’m warm toned and love the cooler colors more too 😛
      you know you could take the base of warm colors and mix the cooler colors along with it either in clothes or makeup. So it will work perfectly.

  25. Please don´t get me wrong – there a tons of false paletts in the world wide web and it´s a question of screen calibration how they appear on screens at home as well. The “warm” palette used about holds several cool colours. Also primary red is not a warm, but a neutral colour (winter colour type palette) – and for sure Beyonce is not a warm type, but a winter colour type – that´s why she does not look that stunning in warm colours as she looks in the right colour spectrum. About 95% of so-called colour-type palettes and informations are wrong – that´s the source of lot of confusion about the topic. It got a big business with more and more “consultants” having less and less even basical informations, but good sales skills.

    Furthermore the vein test is nothing relyable – I know some warm spring colour type beauties with blueish appearing veins (due to the fact of pinkish skin OVERtone) and also a lot of winter types with green apeearing veins (mostly from asia or the middle east – also comes from the skin overtone which has nothing in common with the undertone.

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