Cool Vs Warm Skin Tone: Which Are You?

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So, you may have heard words thrown around, like 'Winter' complexion, or 'Summer' or a combination of Spring and Autumn. You may also have heard of warm and cool skin tones, where some people struggle, believing that if you have tanned or darker skin, then your skin tone will automatically be warm and if you are pale as alabaster, you're definitely a cool person. However, that's not entirely true, so here are our tips for finding out and working with your skin tone:

1) Very simply, look at your veins. Are they a bluey-purple colour or are they closer to green? Maybe it's hard to tell whether they're more blue or green. Still, if they're a bluey-purple, you'll be glad to know you have a cool skin tone and if they're green, then congratulations on your warm skin tone.

2) Does silver or gold jewellery suit you better? Gold tends to appear to best effect on those with warmer skin tones and, when I say gold, I don't mean white gold, I mean that warm, traditional yellow gold colour. On the other hand, a cool skin tone will look better with silver jewellery. Don't worry, though, that doesn't mean you can't keep wearing your favourite earrings - most people are on a spectrum. If you're not sure what suits you best, look back to your veins. If that doesn't help, then maybe you have a neutral skin tone. Lucky you!

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3) Certain lipsticks will look better on people with certain skin tones. You might have seen lipsticks where, at the bottom of the little tube, there is an indication that is was predominantly designed either for brunettes or blondes. Now, on the one hand, there is a certain correlation, but it's also not a rule by any stretch of the imagination. Plenty of blondes can wear corals and plenty of brunettes can wear baby pinks. Skin tone is a better indication of what will suit you.

4) What colours suit you? Bright blues, emeralds and deep purples along with frosty shades of icy blue and lavender or pink are good colours for those with cool skin tones, who can sometimes look a little overpowered by brighter citrus-like colours. Warm skin tones, on the other hand, are well adapted to ruby reds, brighter reds, even pale yellows. People with neutral skin tones are very fortunate, being able to have the best of both worlds and also tend to look very sharp in grey.

5) Hold a piece of white A4 paper to your face. If your skin appears yellow or sallowish beside the white paper, you have a warm skin tone. If it appears pink, rosy or bluish, you have a cool skin tone. If your skin appears grey, you probably have an olive complexion with a neutral undertone.

Remember, though, that whatever your skin tone, you do you. If you want to wear black, red, or a multicoloured Joseph coat with purple spots, that's up to you. If you think red mascara is the perfect thing for your personal style, that's also okay. For those undecided between whether to rock blue eyeliner or grey lipstick, we hope we helped.