What Undertones Are and How To Find Them

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Undertones 101: What Undertones Are and How To Find Them

Take your glow one step further through learning about undertones. Discover your undertone with Jergens skincare to put your best foot forward.

Everyone has a unique skin tone and a unique look that distinguishes them from other people. However, most people don't realize that at the heart of their natural glow is their skin's undertone. Undertones are not the same thing as the shade or color of your skin, such as light or dark. Jergens skincare can help guide you to understand your undertone and give you advice about picking complementary shades in clothing, sunless tanners, and makeup to enhance your beauty.

 
What Are Undertones?

Your skin's undertone is the shade that is visible through your skin. This shade gives your skin a unique tone and appearance. It may be very subtle at times, but wearing certain colors can bring out or enhance your skin's undertones. There are three different undertones in skin:

  • Cool – Skin with a cool undertone has a slight hint of blue. Cool undertones may also appear pinker.
  • Warm – A warm undertone may appear golden, peach or yellow. This skin tone may also seem somewhat sallow.
  • Neutral – Neutral undertones have no pink or yellow hues. Instead, the skin's natural shade is most prevalent.
Surface Colors
It's important to not confuse the skin's undertone with its surface color as these are different. The typical surface colors include fair, light, medium, and dark. Your skin's surface color can change throughout your life, because of age or other environmental factors. It could also change if you go out in the sun regularly.

Undertones
Unlike surface colors, skin undertones do not change during your life. Your undertone stays the same as you age and doesn't change due to sun exposure. Identifying your skin's undertone and surface color combination can assist you with choosing better tones to wear for clothing and makeup and helps you embrace your natural beauty.

 
Why Is It Important to Know My Undertone?

Understanding how undertones work and knowing your undertone gives you the power to dress and accessorize for your glowing skin. This knowledge can help you highlight your natural beauty as well as improve your confidence and style. Here are some other reasons why it is essential to know your undertone:

  • Picking the Right Foundation – Choosing the right foundation shade for your face has always been an arduous task. If you have your undertone figured out, it's easier to find the perfect match. You'll have a less difficult time at the makeup counter when purchasing products for your skin tone.
  • Matching With Complementary Clothing Colors – Identifying your undertone also gives you the power to enhance your style with the most complimentary colors in your wardrobe.
  • Finding the Perfect Hair Color – When it's time to color your hair, knowing your undertone can help you select the best shade for your skin tone. You and your colorist can work together to pick something that looks natural and complements your skin.
By determining your undertone and choosing outfits and makeup products that work best for the shade of your skin, you can elevate your style and gorgeous look. However, don't be afraid to try shades that may not match your undertone if you feel good in them!

 
How Do I Find My Undertone?

Wondering how to find your undertone? It's easy. First, make sure you clean off any makeup, so you get the freshest version of your natural-looking skin. Here is how it works:

  1. Look at Your Veins – Check out the skin on your hands and wrists to get a better look at the veins underneath. If your veins appear greenish, that is a warm undertone. Blue veins are a cool undertone, and a combination may be a neutral undertone.
  2. Compare Your Skin With a Piece of Paper – Next, examine your skin next to a piece of plain white paper. A yellowish tint next to the paper indicates your undertone may be warm. If your skin appears pinkish, your undertone is likely cool. Grey-looking skin may mean a neutral undertone.
  3. Understand How Your Skin Reacts to the Sun – Also, consider how your skin responds to the sun. People who tan easily are typically warm. If you burn or turn red when out in the sun, your skin may have a cool undertone.
  4. Determine Your Jewelry Preference – Next, think about the favorite pieces of jewelry you like to wear. If you've always worn gold jewelry, that may indicate a warm undertone for your skin. Silver jewelry may mean you have a cool undertone. If you can wear either type, you probably have a neutral undertone.
Feel free to use one or a combination of these tests to get a clearer idea of your skin's undertone. You can also use clothing options from your wardrobe to get a better idea of your undertone. If you look great in orange, yellow, or red, you may have a warm undertone. If cooler colors like purple and blue are your best choices, then you are most likely cool. If you can pull both off, you may have a neutral undertone to your skin. Please keep in mind to take these results with a grain of salt.

 
What Do I Do Once I Figure Out My Undertone?

After finding your undertone, here's what you do next:

  • Choose the Right Shades – Opt for outfits, hair color, and makeup products that are part of the warm or cool color family if you identify as one of these undertones. For neutral skin, you can try both undertones.
  • Enhance Your Natural Glow – Enhance the look of your skin with a self tanner. Keep your skin moisturized before and after putting self tanner on, so you can maximize your natural glow.
  • Develop Your Style – Wear what you love and what makes you feel amazing. While undertones can help guide you to certain colors and shades, your preferences and how it makes you feel are most important.

 
Key Takeaways

  • Understand How Undertones Work – Your skin has an undertone that may lightly reveal a warm, cool or neutral color under the surface. Undertones are different from your skin color.

  • Identify Your Tones – You can improve your style and elevate your glow by figuring out your undertone and dressing for the right hue. You can also use undertones when picking hair color and makeup.

  • Complete the Undertone Tests – Use the series of easy undertone tests to discover your undertone and get a gorgeous look.
No matter what kind of skin color or undertone you have, you can brighten your glow with Jergens skincare. Our Natural Glow or SOL by Jergens Sunless Tanners are the perfect enhancement to give you a gorgeous, radiant skin tone. You can find the right matching self tanner product using your knowledge of undertones and your skin's surface color.

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