Is Beauty Skin Deep?

Is beauty skin deep?

NO, but your skin tone is...

Also called the undertone, it’s different from your complexion, which is the shade of your skin.   Your undertone will remain the same no matter how much sun you get.  So, to figure out your true skin tone, you need to look more than skin-deep.  While your skin’s surface color can change, its tone is really determined  by the undertones that come through.  

This confusion about the two is why sometimes we pick out foundation or powder that looks great in the tube but clashes once we try it on.

Warm - Cool - Neutral

How can I tell which one I am?

First thing to remember, your clothes say something about you.  So, after reading all the should and shouldn’t, and you find something that fits your personality anyway, go for  it.  You are you, and that’s the magic. 

The Paper Test

The simplest test uses a plain white paper. Hold the paper up to your face in natural sunlight and compare how your skin looks in contrast to the paper. If your skin looks yellowish, greenish, or light brown, then you likely have a warm skin tone. If your skin looks pink, rosy, or blue, then you have a cool skin tone. If your skin looks gray or ashen, then you have a neutral skin tone. If you have rosacea, acne, or a deep tan, ask a friend to use the paper test on the crease behind your ear instead.

How About Your Veins?

Some people recommend that you flip your hand palm up and take a peek at your veins in the hand and wrist. If your veins appear to be blue, you have cool skin. If they appear green, then you have warm skin. If it's hard to tell one way or the other, you probably have neutral skin.

Hello Mister Sun

How does your skin react to the sun? People who tan easily rather than burn usually have warm skin tones. People who burn rather than tan usually have cool skin tones, although sometimes women with dark ebony skin that doesn't burn can also have cool undertones. People who are neutral may fall into either group with regard to tanning or burning, but neutrals will not have any appearance of olive, yellow, or ruddy skin.

Silver Or Gold?

Many people are more attracted to either silver or gold jewelry because of the way it looks agaist their skin. If you like the way traditional yellow gold looks on your skin, you're more likely to have warm or olive undertones. Silver, platinum, and rose gold tends to look more flattering on cooler undertones. If you tend to look good in either silver or gold and base your choice more on your outfit than your skin color, then you may have neutral undertones.

The Eye's On You

Although you might play with different eye-shadows, your natural eye color may provide some insights into your undertones. Lighter eyes like blue and pale brown usually mean you have cool undertones, while gold flecks usually indicate warm undertones. For example, ice blue usually means you have cool skin, while honey brown eyes usually mean you have warm skin.