When purchasing makeup, the amount of choice can be extremely daunting, especially when you add in all the different terminology, what is your skin type, what is your skin tone, do you prefer cream or liquid or powder? And the list goes on. In this post I am going to be looking specifically at skin tone. It will help you to determine exactly what skin tone you are and how this can affect your makeup.

When you wear the correct colouring for your skin tone, it makes all the difference. If you wear a colour that doesn’t suit you, it can make your skin look dull instead of enhancing your features. An undertone is the hue of colouring that come through your skin and is classified into three different types: warm, cool and neutral. It is important thing to note that the undertone of your skin is different to the colour of your skin, so for example: you can be fair  with a warm undertone and in turn can have dark skin with a cool undertone.

So how do you know which category you fit into? Well there are some easy tell-tale signs:

  1. When you look at the veins on your wrist, if you the colour that you see is green than have a warm undertone, if you see blue that you will have a cool undertone and if you see a mix of both or can’t differentiate then you would be neutral.
  2. When have freshly washed your face, can you see an obvious undertone of pink or yellow to your skin?
  3. This test isn’t an exact science, but when you are out in the sun do you burn easily or tan? If you burn, then you are more likely be cool toned and if you tan then you would in turn be warm toned.
  4. If all else fails, then head to your nearest cosmetics store and swipe a shade of each onto the side of your face and see which one fades away more. This is the one that is right for you.

But what exactly does this mean for makeup? It will help you decipher which colours will look best on you, just to mention though, your hair and eye colour will also impact what colours suit you the best. Now some cosmetic companies do make it easier by coding their foundations with a N for neutral and a C for cool and W for warm so do keep an eye out when shopping for foundation or concealer.


Cool toned women are more likely to wear a foundation and concealer that has a pink base. Eyeshadow colours that suit would be blue/grey based pinks, purples, blue, green but also a cool brown (these can be harder to find but they will generally have a purple/burgundy tone to them). It can be quite hard to find eyeshadow palettes that are all cool toned. A great option is the Zoeva En Taupe palette filled with lots of shades that can be used for every day. I don’t own this palette but there is a great review on Mummy’s Beauty Corner. In terms of a blush don’t be afraid to go for a bright pink shade as it will look fabulous. And for lips, a rich berry red, pinky coral, hot pink or a nude with a rose, pink undertone.


Warm toned women will go for a foundation and concealer that has a yellow base. In terms of  eyeshadows warm, rich colours like bronze, gold, browns, and peachy-pinks. A gorgeous rich palette is the Zoeva Cocoa Blend palette. I own this palette and just love it. Here is a full review if you would like more info including where I purchased mine. A peachy/orange based blush brings out the best for this tone. And for lips, a more tomato, orange based red rather than a blue based. Orange based coral lipsticks also look fabulous, and if you are after a nude based lip, opt for one that has more of a beige tone rather than pink.


Neutral toned is just that – you can pretty much get away with any of the above which is amazing!

Now this isn’t a definitive set of rules that you have to stick too, what suits you is what is important. If you are cool toned and can rock a warm rich brown, then that is exactly what you should do. Sometimes it is a case of trial and error. This is simply a guide to help assist if you are wanting to purchase some makeup and not sure how to choose what is right for you.

If you have any questions or not sure what is right for you, pop a question in the comments section and I am happy to help.

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