Struggling to pick the perfect colours to complement your skin tone? Our undertone colour guide reveals how to unlock your inner fashionista and discover the shades that make you shine bright.
We bet you’ve mulled over which colour to pick for your outfit or makeup look, wondering which colour will really make you glow. Well, lean in, Honeys! Knowing your undertone – the hue present within your skin (which is less predominant than your skin tone) – is the secret to nailing that sweet spot. Once you’ve sussed whether you’re warm, cool, or neutral, everything else will fall into place. Have a glimpse at your veins, take a peek at your hair, and see how different metals look against your skin for hints. You’ll quickly realise which jewellery makes you sparkle, and which colours you can give a nod to your tailor for those bespoke garments. And that’s not all – with this knowledge, your makeup artist will know exactly which shades make you glow when doing your face! Keep reading for the ultimate lowdown on undertones that’ll help you shine like the star you are.
What’s the best colour for your skin tone?
Straight away, it’s easy to recognise a warm Honey by that signature golden glow. If your veins have a greenish tint in daylight, and gold jewellery truly stands out on your skin, then you’re the proud owner of a warm complexion. This might manifest as a delicate peachy cream or extend to a luscious golden brown. And hair colour? Yours might vary from a creamy blonde to a rich, almost-black chocolate brown – coppers, too, have their own fiery appeal.
Colours for warm skin tones
In crafting your colour palette, hone in on those earth tones that truly celebrate your warmth. Embrace the rich, burnt oranges, the deep olive greens, and the creamy reds; they’re just the ticket for bringing out your golden hues. Yellows and corals, too, will play up your warmth, making you look as though you’re bathed in golden sunshine. For a spot of contrast, periwinkle blue, although on the cooler side, is a stellar pick.
It’s best to forgo stark blacks and whites – they tend to make you appear rather washed out. Instead, warm yourself up with cosy greys and soft off-whites for your neutrals. You can enjoy a bit of experimentation with endless golden brown shades until you find that perfect one that feels like it was made just for you. Once you’ve homed in on your warm true hue, you’re absolutely ready to turn heads and sparkle.
After a close inspection of your skin, it’s clear you embody a cool undertone if your veins show a pronounced blue or purple in the stark light of day. Silver jewellery isn’t merely a good choice – it actually makes you shine, though you can effortlessly pull off rose gold as well. The base colour of your skin carries subtle hints of rosy, beige, or blue/pink, and regarding your hair, you cover the whole range from deep raven to striking platinum blonde.
Colours for cool skin tones
For all you cool cats, the wardrobe choices are simple. Embrace icy colours that enhance your cool undertones, such as cobalt blues, minty greens, and the soft allure of frosty purples and pinks. Gravitating towards greys, crisp whites, and varied shades of sea greens will complement your complexion better than warm tones like yellow and orange, which can make you look a tad off.
Pastels are a strong choice too, adding just the right amount of softness to your style. It’s best to sidestep the bright, loud colours that could potentially conflict with your cool vibe. And regarding jewellery, mixing in silvers and rose golds is a smart move, as they’ll allow your inner ice queen to truly sparkle. Get your palette right, and you’ll be effortlessly dressed to impress.
If at first glance your veins seem like a mix of blue and green, and you look equally fab in both silver and gold jewellery, then congrats, neutral Honey – you’ve scored the most versatile undertone of all! Those blessed with neutral skin tones boast a complexion that spans from classic ivory to a rich olive, paired with hair that comes in hues from blonde and brown, to red or even grey. The mix of both warm and cool shades in your natural colouring means you’ve got the freedom to experiment with a broad spectrum of colours and dabble in diverse palettes.
Colours for neutral skin tones
When building your envy-worthy neutral wardrobe, give a miss to anything overly neon, bright or too punchy – such shades can upset the natural balance in your skin. Instead, embrace rich, true reds, softened sherbet tones like muted raspberry and creamsicle, along with delicate shades of lemon, peach, and lavender. For those days when you’re channelling a more understated look, try light, dusty pinks, placid blues, and soft cameos and greens.
When it comes to jewellery, you’ve hit the jackpot – feel free to flit between silver and gold as both metals are your allies. But the crux of it all is to have fun playing with different hues across the colour spectrum to find your perfect matches! Blessed with a versatility that’s rare, make sure you exploit your neutral undertone to its full potential.