The Importance of Undertone in Make-up

If you have visited me for a colour consultation, then I will have told you as part of your analysis, whether you have a Warm or a Cool undertone as your second characteristic. Of course, you could also be Warm or Cool as your main dominant colour category. 

What are undertones?
Your undertone is the colour just below the surface of your skin and regardless of whether you have a tan or not, it doesn't change. Ensuring the colours you wear in both your clothes and make-up complement your undertone is essential as if you get it wrong it could cause your skin to look lacklustre, sallow or grey. 

Determining your skin tone

If you haven't already had an analysis, one way to determine whether you have a Warm or Cool undertone is to look at the inside of your forearm. On those with a Cool undertone veins will appear blue/purple in natural light, whilst those with a Warm undertone will have green/olive veins in natural light. You could also compare the overall colour of the inside of your forearm with that of friends - as long as you don't all have the same colouring, you will notice some striking differences.This is not an exact science so it is best to come to my Abfab Studio here in Caversham for testing.

Once you know your undertone you can use the guidelines below to help you select the best make-up shades for your undertone....


Make Me Up!


If you have a Warm undertone draw attention to your eyes with gorgeous colour me beautiful Tuscany Olive eyeshadow and Sage eye pencil. Cool undertones can play around with pinks, purples and pewters; I love a slick of Navy mascara, particularly if you have blue eyes (it makes them really pop!)

If you're warm opt for peach or coral shades. A smudge of our colour me beautiful Melba cream blush will give you a subtle of hint of colour. Those with a Cool undertone should go for something a little pinker. Our colour me beautiful Appleberry blush compact is perfect to pop into your bag for touch-ups on the go.

Finish your look with a little lippy! Feeling bright and bold? Go for our fresh and fun colour me beautiful Mango Punch cream lipstick if you have a Warm undertone. My Cool customers could opt for our colour me beautiful Pink Shell lip gloss; the perfect finishing touch to your make-up look.


If you lack confidence in applying make-up then why not book in for a make-up lesson. This is an interactive session where you will get to apply the make-up yourself and learn lots of tips to get the finish you are hoping for.

If you would like to see the full range of the Colour Me Beautiful Cosmetics then please pop by to my Abfab Studio on the banks of the River Thames in Caversham where I can give you advice on the best colours for your skin tone.