Ever got yourselves a beautiful trendy dress and wore it for the first time and realised that it’s not the one made for you? Or why does the exact same dress suits your mom or sister or friend with same complexion in a much prettier way? Or why it looked good in the store? Now regretting those bucks gone cause you’ll probably never wear it again?
Well, this may be the right place for you to know WHY for what happened with you!
I’m very sure if you are reading this for the first time, it’s gonna change your life. LITERALLY CHANGE YOUR LIFE! Because it changed mine.
This is the Part-1 of “THE ART OF COLOUR” series and will benefit both boys and girls out there. So let’s begin!
THE UNDERTONE THEORY
We all have complexions and skin tones. I’m medium. You might be fair or darker. But what we don’t know is that we have all have an undertone as well. There are many skin tones but their are broadly two undertones – warm and cool.
While skin tones refer to the range of darkness to lightness of your skin color, undertone is the overall hue that comes through from beneath your skin’s surface.
Now you see, there are some skin colours that have a yellow tint to it and some have pink. Some also doesn’t have any tint to them. The one’s with yellow tint are warm undertones and with pink are cool undertones while with no tint are neutral undertones.
Now when you have a little idea about undertones in your skin let’s see how you can find out your own undertone .
HOW TO FIND YOUR UNDERTONES?
There are few tried and true tests that will help you get through it.
Before getting onto ways, remember you have to choose natural bright light and should have no makeup on your face. And don’t consider dark circles or red acne or blemishes into these experiment as they will try and change your opinion about the actual colour.
1.) THE WHITE TEST
Grab a pure white piece of clothing or even just a piece of white paper. In bright, natural light, hold the item up to your face. If your skin looks pink or rosy, you’re cool toned. If your face looks more yellow, your have warm undertone. If you feel you look better in off-white or creamy tints rather than stark white, that’s another clear sign that you may be warm toned and if you love white on you, you are clearly cool toned. If you can wear both colors without feeling like you look washed out, you may have a neutral undertone.
2.) THE JEWELLERY TEST
Do you feel you look best or brighter in gold or silver jewelry? If it’s the former, you probably have a warm undertone, and if it’s the latter, your undertones are likely cool. If you don’t discriminate between gold or silver, then you might have neutral undertones—or maybe you just love all the jewellery ? The right jewellery will brighten up your face and the wrong one will dull it. Don’t consider rose gold here, it’s just about gold and silver.
3.) THE VEIN TEST
The best way to determine your undertone is to look at your veins under bright light. If they seems to be greenish – olive, you’re warm toned. If they have more of the blue or purple shades, your undertone is cool. And if you see a mix of both, you probably have neutral undertone.
4.) THE WARDROBE TEST
It’s the most fun way to check your undertones. Go to your wardrobe and take out few clothes in all colour you possibly have. Try them out and if colours to the right of this colour wheel suits you the most, you are warm toned and if the right side is your home, you definitely are cool toned.
5.) THE EAR TEST
Ask your friend to look at the area behind your ear, if it is yellowish you have a warm undertone and if it is pinkish you have a cooler undertone.
WHY DO YOU NEED TO KNOW?
Obviously, you ain’t gonna do things without any reason. So,
1. If you wear colours opposite your undertone, chances are you’re gonna look very ashy, very dull and maybe a lil dark.
2. You need your correct undertone to find the perfect shade match for your foundation.
3. You’re makeup on wrong coloured outfit is not gonna look great.
4. You cannot click nice pictures because you’re skin and the colour you are wearing are probably gonna clash in not a good way.
5. You are investing in a wardrobe which you will not even like so much.
6. It helps in online shopping since you now know what’s gonna look best and what will just fade you out.
Are these reasons not enough for you to stop making fashion blunders and knowing what goes best for you from the very beginning?
HOW TO WEAR WARM TONED COLOURS IF YOU ARE COOL TONED OR VICE-VERSA
The key here is to find a tint of blue or any cool toned colour in that warm toned piece. Here’s some examples i found from pinterest.
Now you get the logic! It may seem difficult in the beginning but i know it will change your life forever.
NOW YOU KNOW HOW TO CREATE A DREAM WARDROBE WHERE EVERY SINGLE ITEM WILL MAKE YOU MORE BEAUTIFUL?
Just in case you wanna know, I’m a cool toned person? and i would genuinely love if you tell me what undertone you have?
Till then, Keep shining and smiling <3