Makeup 101: What Is an Undertone, and Does It Really Matter?
You probably know the drill by now. Look at your wrist and tell me what colour your veins are: if they’re mostly blue and purple, you have cool undertone; if they’re more green or yellowish, your undertone is warm; if they’re both, congratulations — you hit
the jackpot! You have now every magazine’s blessing to wear any colour jewellery. But why is everyone so obsessed with undertones? Are they really that important when it comes to makeup? Is it really that easy to find out? All your questions will be
answered in this new Makeup 101 post. Short answer is yes, your undertone matters. But don’t get too obsessed about it. It’s
helpful to know what your undertone is, but it can be tricky to be completely sure. Especially when you’re not in direct sunlight, but let’s say, in the middle of a neon-lighted store.
How your undertone affects your look
If you think you can’t get your undertone quite right, most likely it’s neutral. This means that your skin does not have any distinguishable hue. The point of knowing your undertone is indeed contrasting the prevalent hue of your skin. If your veins are
blue, your skin has a pink hue and you should buy a foundation with cool undertones. On the contrary, if your veins look green you should find a foundation with a warmer undertone. Undertones can also affect how a lipstick looks on you, if its colour clashes with your skin or not. For cool undertones, a pink-red shade would look best than a deep red, which is instead perfect for warm undertones. (If you’re neutral, go to town with both).
‘But I have blue veins and a deep red looks good’
If you tried to stick to the general rules, but there’s something off about it when choosing your colour, don’t panic. There are other things that can change how a lip colour looks on you. Hair can also influence how you perceive the different colours on your skin. Same goes for your choice in eyeshadows (those are not really affected by your undertone,
just to confuse you even more). Basically, undertones are great to know and can be a really helpful tool when first approaching makeup. They can clear things up for someone who’s just starting, giving them the security that only a set-in-stone rule can. Except, it’s not really set in stone. But you can pretty much figure out what looks good on you anyway.
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