Find Your Perfect Foundation Shade

Find Your Perfect Foundation Shade

5 Simple Tips to establish if your skin is ‘cool’, 'neutral or ‘warm’

To get a flawless, natural-looking foundation it's essential to get the undertone right.


So, what exactly is a skin undertone?  

It’s the permanent, underlying colour that your skin casts: cool, warm, or neutral, while skin ‘tone’ is the colour you see on the surface of your skin: fair, light, medium, olive etc


For a seamless foundation finish, getting both tone and the undertone right is essential, or you may end up looking ashy, grey, too yellow or orange. The biggest foundation mistake is to assume that pale skin means a cool undertone and vice versa.



The 3 main undertones are:


Cool Fair Skin - pink & bluish hues.

Cool Darker Skin – purple/red hues.

Warm Fair Skin – yellow hues. 

Warm Darker Skin – Peachy Golden hues.

Neutral - is a mixture of both warm and cool tones.


Tips to establish your undertone


Look at the veins on the inside of your wrist. Do they appear more blue or green? If your veins appear more blue, you’re cool-toned but if you see more green, you’re warm-toned. If you see a fair amount of both both Green and Blue, you have a neutral undertone.

This is easier to see on paler skin tones and isn't the best test for those with deeper skin.


Do you look best in gold, silver or rose gold jewellery? If silver suits you best it’s common for you to have a cool undertone, whereas if you look better with gold jewellery, it's likely you have a warm undertone.
If Rose gold suits you best, or you look good with both silver and gold jewellery, chances are you have a neutral undertone.


Though remember, personal taste, fashion and budget will all play a big part in which you choose to wear.


Another great undertone test is to wear white. If your skin looks a touch rosy think cool-toned, if your face looks more yellow think warm-toned and if you don’t really see a change, most likely you are neutral.

How does your skin react in the sun? If you turn pink or burn easily in the sun you are likely a cool undertone, if you tan easily and go golden quick you will have a warm undertone, and if you burn a little but tan too you most likely have a neutral undertone.

Have you ever thought that certain colours look better on you? If you find yourself opting for earth tones, such as yellows, oranges, reds and olive-green, you’re probably warm-toned. If you prefer jewel tones such as blues, emerald greens, and purples, for flattering your complexion, you’re most likely cool-toned.

Personal preference of course also affects our colour choices.


If you are still at a loss as to which undertone you may be. Don’t despair as Adorn offers samples to assist you in finding your perfect foundation fit.

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