Do you know your skin tone?

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Did you know that your skin tone can influence which colours look best on you?

When it comes to choosing new makeup, matching shades to suit your skin tone can be tricky business. Here, we help you determine whether you have cool- or warm-toned skin, and what colours you should be wearing.

Do I have cool or warm toned skin?

Broadly speaking, cool-toned people have pink, red or bluish undertones and warm-toned people have yellow, peachy or golden undertones. If you’re unsure which one you are, there are some steps you can take to find out:

1. Check your veins – The veins on the inside of your wrist are typically the giveaway to what skin tone you are. If they look blue, you’re more likely to have cool undertones. If the veins look green however, you have warm-toned skin.

2. Silver or gold? Typically, girls with cool undertones look better in silver metals. Whereas warm-toned skin looks better draped in gold.

3. Sun habits – Cool tones tend to burn more easily in the sun. Either they will only burn, or burn and then eventually go tan. Warm-tones however, go golden-brown after a day of lazing in the sun.

Choosing makeup that matches my skin tone


Cool tone: Lipsticks with blue undertones generally suit you better. Light pinks, red lipstick with a blue base and classic beiges should be your go-to colour. The great news about blue-based reds is that they are said to make teeth appear instantly whiter.

Warm tone: Warmer shades of lipstick with yellow and orange undertones are better suited for warm skin tones. Caramel, cappuccino, orange-based reds and browns with hints of gold and bronze will flatter your complexion.


Cool tone: Your foundation should also be determined by your skin tone. Cool tones look best with foundations that are pink based. The same goes for blushes, which compliment your skin tone when they are rosy pink in colour.

Warm tone: Yellow based foundations work best for warm tones as they blend into the undertones of your skin, making the final result look flawless. Blushes should be peachy toned, so that they too blend in with your overall complexion.


Blue eyes: Earthy colours like golden brown, bronze, gold and apricot really enhance blue eyes.

Green eyes: Purple, mauve, plum and pink all tend to make green eyes pop. Just be careful not to overdo it.

Brown eyes: Deep shades generally highlight darker eyes. Opt for navy blue, brown, deep plum and dark greys.

Hazel eyes: You lucky ones get to choose almost any colour you like. All shades help to bring out various colour flecks in your pupils. Experiment and see which colours you like best.