As we transition into the spring and summer seasons, you’re likely transitioning your makeup shades as well. It can be hard to find your perfect match in concealer and foundation, and even harder if you aren’t sure what your undertone might be. Knowing your undertone will not only help you find the perfect makeup shades but also which color clothes and hair dyes will look best on you.
There are three primary undertones you need to know.
Unlike skin tones, undertones stay the same no matter how pale or tan you are, meaning that both fair and deep skin tones can have cool undertones and vice versa.
If you don’t know your undertone, don’t worry, we put together this old school cosmo-style quiz to help you. Write down the letter corresponding with the statement that represents you best, and we will tally them at the end.
Look at the inner part of your wrist or anywhere on your body where you can easily see your veins.
Have you always been a fan of platinum blonde, or do you gravitate towards golden shades when it comes to picking a suitable hair color? Depending on your undertones, certain hair dyes may be more flattering on you.
A quick trick you can use to determine your undertone involves a white shirt and a window. Stand in front of the window or in some sort of natural lighting and hold the shirt up to your face. How does the appearance of your skin change?
After a relaxing day at the beach, are your typically slathering aloe on your sunburn or admiring your golden tan? The way your skin reacts to the skin is a good indication of your undertone.
It’s fun to play around with different kinds of jewel tones to add the finishing touches to our look. You probably have a mix of gold and silver in your jewelry arsenal, but chances are, you reach for a certain type of metal more often than not because it’s the most flattering on you.
After you’ve written down your answers to the previous questions, add up the letters to determine whether your undertone is cool, warm or neutral.
Now that you know your undertone, you’ll want to look for concealers and foundations based on their hue:
Here is a list of Subtl Beauty concealer shades for our Cool Tone Babes:
Here is a list of Subtl Beauty concealer shades for our Warm Tone Babes:
Here is a list of Subtl Beauty concealer shades for our Neutral Tone Babes:
Still, having trouble finding the perfect shade? Try using our shade matrix that calculates your match based on the products you’ve used before.
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