Put simply, warm skin tones look best in warm colours and cool tones look best in cool colours. Sounds simple, right? Well kind of, once you’ve figured out your tone…. you could try a paper test, a window test, a blusher test (more info below!) – or you could just look at the veins in your wrist…
Blue veins indicate a cool undertone, while green veins indicate a warm undertone. See both? You're most likely a neutral.
The paper test
Look in a mirror and hold a piece of white paper up to your face. …
A warm tone
You’ll see a hint of yellow, blue-red or rose pink.
A cool tone
Your skin will look grey, blueish-red or yellow-green (olive).
A neutral tone
If you’re somewhere in the middle, you’ve got a neutral skin tone.
The window test
Stand near a window and using a mirror, look at the area directly beneath your eyes. Does the skin look purple-y, blue (cool tone) or more yellowish, green (warm tone)?
The blusher test....
Dust pink blusher onto one cheek and peach blusher on the other cheek. Apply it heavier than you typically would (don’t worry, you won’t be walking around like this!). Stand near a window and look into a mirror.
- • Does the pink blusher pick up pink tones in your skin? You’re most likely a cool.
- • If the peach blusher picks up golden tones in the skin, you’re a warm.
So, how does all this help me pick a hair colour?
Cool skin tones = cool hair colours
Shades of hair colour that will work well with your skin tone include “ash,” “platinum” and “champagne.”
Warm skin tones = warm hair colours
Look for names like “golden,” “bronze,” and “copper” on your hair colour box.
Now choose your colour.