5 Ways to Determine Skin Tone

Determine Skin Tone

Skin tone is one of the most common concerns that women have when it comes to beauty. You may think you know your skin tone, but there are a few things you should know about determining your skin tone to get the best products for your needs.

Determine your undertone

If you’re wondering how to determine your skin tone, there are a couple of things to keep in mind. First, the skin color that we see when we’re not exposed to sunlight is called an undertone. Undertones are determined by the amount of melanin (the pigment responsible for giving us our natural skin color) in our bodies. There are three types of undertones: warm (red or yellow), cool (blue), and neutral (gray). Warm undertones tend to have red or yellow hues while cool ones can be bluish-gray or greenish-gray; neutral tones look like they have no color at all.

  • Note: When it comes down to it though…your undertone is just another way of saying what’s going on inside your face! What kind? That’s up for debate but I would say that if someone says they want their hair highlighted but never wants their eyebrows done then they probably fall into this category too.”

Check the appearance of veins in your wrist

You can check the appearance of veins in your wrist to determine your skin tone. If they are blue, then you have a cool undertone; if they are greenish-yellow or purple-blue, then you have a warm undertone.

If these colors appear on your wrist and arm when looking at them from afar (not close up), it means that there will be no change in color when this area gets closer to exposure to light: therefore indicating that it will remain constant regardless of where I touch myself with my fingertips!

Consider your natural hair color

The first thing to consider is your natural hair color. If you have blonde hair, your skin tone is likely to cool. If you have red or brown hair, your skin tone is likely to be warm. Finally, if your hair is black and has no trace of yellow in it (or any other color), chances are good that there will be an olive complexion as well—even if this isn’t always true!

Look at how the jewelry looks on you

  • Gold and silver jewelry look better on cool skin tones.
  • Warm skin tones look better in yellow and blue.

If you’re not sure what the right tone is for your skin, ask someone else to help!

Think about how easily you tan

Tanning is a sign of more melanin. Melanin is produced by the body to protect the skin from UV rays, and it acts as a natural sunscreen. But people with darker skin can tan, even though they don’t necessarily have more melanin than lighter-skinned individuals.

The color of your skin won’t tell you exactly how much melanin you have in your epidermis (the layer on top of your dermis). Instead, two things affect how much pigment gets into our pores: genetics and exposure to sunlight over time.

Keep this information to use when purchasing skin care products, cosmetics, and other beauty products.

As you are selecting the products that will help your skin, it is important to understand your skin tone. If you know your skin’s natural undertone, then you can better choose products that will work best for it.

There are three main types of undertones: light, medium, and dark. Each category has three subcategories within itself: pink (pale), yellow-beige (medium), and olive (dark).


The best way to determine your skin tone is to take a few seconds and look at yourself in the mirror. If you don’t have time for that, use these tips as a guide. The next time you go shopping for makeup or other beauty products, consider what your undertone is and what it says about your natural coloring. Your undertone can also help determine whether certain shades will work best on darker skin tones compared with light ones, so when buying cosmetics or other products keep this in mind!

I am a Nutrition Educator and blogger with a mission to help people live healthier, happier lives. I share research-based and practical information on health, nutrition, and fitness.

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