Shopping for makeup that matches your skin can be a bit of a minefield if you’re unsure what colour to get. So, we’ve cleared up the differences between skin tone and undertone to help turn you from clueless to clued-up.
Your skin tone is determined by the depth of colour in your complexion. The skin tone range typically includes extra light, light, medium, medium dark, dark and extra dark.
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Regardless of the skin's tone, there'll be either a rosy, golden or neutral undertone that runs through it.
What's your skin's undertone?
- Make sure not to confuse your undertone with any discolouration or pigmentation you may have.
- For example, although the lady in the image has redness, her skin's undertone beyond the discolouration is very golden.
- Not sure which you are? No problem, read on...
Look at your bare face in natural light. If you see mostly pinky/red tones, you have a rosy undertone.
Look at your bare face in natural light. If you see mostly golden/yellow tones, you have a golden undertone.
Look at your bare face in natural light. If you see both pinky and golden tones, or can't make out a dominant tone, you have a balance of both and therefore a neutral undertone.