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....