Did you know that figuring out your skin undertone can help you choose the right shade of your foundation, the ideal hair dye color, clothes, accessories and makeup that suit you best?
In this article, Image consultants Helena Valentim and Thais Bendicto answer some questions about the subject. Check out!
What is skin undertone
According to Image Consultant Helena Valentim, “undertone is the temperature of the skin defined by the amount of carotene (warm) and hemoglobin (cold)”. Thaís Bendicto explains that “it is a characteristic that we have in our skin, when reflected in the light”.
To further elucidate this characteristic of the skin, Thaís Bendicto explains that “when you remove the cuticle, the skin that comes out is transparent and it is this particularity of melanin that makes the light reading of a skin in front of the light to be colder or warmer ”.
What are the skin undertones
Thais Bendicto explains that “there are several types of skin undertones, but 3 of them are the most common: warm, cold and neutral”. To understand a little more about it, she checks out the characteristics of each one:
- Warm undertone: Warmer skin is one that has a greater amount of carotene (one of the pigments responsible for skin color). Thus, people with this temperature combine with shades of yellow, red, orange and gold.
- Cold undertone: A cooler skin is one that has more hemoglobin than carotene. She gets more harmonic with pink, purple and blue colors. Therefore, those with cold skin combine with paints with grayer tones, as well as silver accessories;
- Neutral undertone: It is the combination of hot and cold, resulting in brown, beige, gray and green tones. Contrary to appearances, the neutral tone is not the middle ground between hot and cold, as it can be neutral-cold or neutral-warm. After all, the skin will always have a little more carotene or hemoglobin;
Thaís also advises that “at a neutral temperature, both cold tones influenced by warm tones and warm tones influenced by cold tones can help enhance your skin undertone”.
And he adds, saying that “for hair, natural tones may work better; As for the accessories, the neutral leather matches both gold and silver”.
As for black skin, Thaís says that “the cold undertone, which tends to be more pink, is not common. However, it may still happen that this skin has a more bluish undertone. So it’s important to get tested to be sure.
Orientals tend to have a yellowish undertone while indigenous women have a reddish undertone.”
If you are interested in the subject and want to know if you can identify your skin undertone at home, read the following topic and see what the experts say about the subject.
Is it possible to identify skin undertone at home?
Identifying your skin’s undertone is essential to choosing the colors that most value your beauty. This also goes for hair dyes, makeup, accessories, and even clothing.
Thus, the only assertive way to discover the skin undertone is by consulting a qualified professional.
An image consultant or makeup artist specializing in colorimetry will carry out a test with specific fabrics, specially developed for this analysis.
Thaís explains that “the personal color test is an analysis made through the light that hits the fabric and reflects on the face. It’s pure physics.
If the fabric has an undertone within your skin’s undertone, it will reflect brightening your face, smoothing imperfections and expression lines. Otherwise, it will highlight these imperfections making your face look more tired and aged”.
Although there are some methods that you can do at home, experts point out that sometimes it can go wrong.
Helena explains that “when doing this analysis, it is necessary to consider 3 dimensions of the skin: depth (darker or lighter colors), intensity (more vibrant or softer colors) and temperature (warm or cold)”. Therefore, “the person has to have knowledge about these dimensions to be able to discover the undertone, remembering that the fiber the fabric is made from also influences the test result, as well as the ambient light”.
Helena Valentim also warns against internet methods and tips, such as looking at the color of veins, analyzing tanning and others. “Looking at the color of the veins is one of the biggest myths about undertone, besides not being assertive.
That’s because there are people with different tones of veins”. The tanning test, which consists of analyzing whether your skin turns golden or red after exposure to the sun, does not work either.
After all, bronze interferes with the tone (light, medium and dark) and not with the undertone (warm or cold) of the skin”, concludes the consultant.
Thais Bendicto also does not indicate any homemade method. For her, “to find out what her undertone is, it’s best to experiment. There are colors that will rejuvenate and others that will mark expression lines.
There is no test that gives this certainty, except personal coloring. However, paying attention to what looks best on the skin, such as a more yellowish or pinkish foundation, despite not being conclusive, is already an indication of what might work better”.
But if you are a curious person and still want to do simple tests just to know the basics, check out the tutorials below.
How to identify skin undertone
As the experts said, not always home tests can be effective. But to satisfy your curiosity, the following videos can help you in this mission:
How to find your skin undertone
In the video, the Style Consultant explains how the personal color test works to discover the skin’s temperature and undertone. She watches the video and discovers some characteristics of each subtom.
Personal color analysis for black skin
Discovered your skin undertone and now you don’t know what to do with that information? Black She also talks to Style Consultant Naylah Campos and explains how personal coloring works for black skin. In addition, she gives tips for selecting the colors that best match your skin undertone.
Personal coloring test in practice
Image consultant Amanda Moretti analyzes the personal color of influencer Jéssica Flores. In this video, you also learn about color palettes and how they work on skin tones.
Discovering your skin subtone can be key to making some choices and combinations.
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