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What Is My Skin Undertone? Take the Quiz

Quiz: What Is Your Skin's Undertone?

Source: Benjamin Stone

  • Knowing your skin's undertone is useful in finding the most flattering makeup hues for you.
  • There are three undertones: warm, cool, and neutral.
  • Take this quiz to help determine what your skin's undertone is.

When it comes to choosing the most flattering makeup hues, it's important to consider your skin tone: are you a warm, cool, or neutral? Choosing the right colors based on your hair color, eye color, and natural undertones will, after all, accentuate your features and make you glow. It's basic color theory.

But finding out what your skin's undertones are isn't always the easiest task. Unless you're a professional like a makeup artist, it can be tricky to tell if you're actually warm-toned or cool-toned. Luckily, there are hacks to make it easier — and they don't include paying a visit to a beauty salon. We created an easy quiz below to help you uncover more about your complexion. By answering just six quick questions, you'll be matched with the undertone of your skin, putting to rest the question you've been asking yourself once and for all.

What It Means to Have a Warm Undertone

If you have a warm undertone, it typically means your skin tone has hints of yellow, gold, and peach in it. This means brown, gold, and copper-toned shades look best on you. So if you're feeling stumped on eyeshadow colors to try, those are always a safe bet. It also means foundations that lean more yellow and golden will complement your skin.

What It Means to Have a Cool Undertone

If you have a cool undertone, you probably have hints of pink and blue in your skin tone. Equally cool colors, such as jewel tones, blues, purples, and greens will flatter you. Your best foundation match will also have a bluish or pink ting to it.

What It Means to Have a Neutral Undertone

A neutral undertone is neither warm nor cool — it's right in the middle. This means that you have options in terms of colors. Every shade, no matter if it's warm or cool, will complement your skin tone.

See if your undertones are warm, cool, or neutral, and get helpful tips on making your makeup color selections a breeze ahead. Note: it's best to do this test in natural light (so move toward a window or go outside) with a freshly washed face. Also, pull your hair back and keep your shoulders bare so you get a true sense of your natural coloring.

Look at the inside of your wrist. What color do your veins predominately appear?

More blue
More green
Hard to tell if they are blue or green

Picture yourself (or better yet, actually do it) in a yellow or orange shirt. How do you look?

Terrific — it gives me a great glow.
Not so great. Where's a blue top?
I can wear pretty much any color and look fine.

What metal jewelry do you prefer on your skin?

Either appeals to me!

Place a piece of white paper next to your bare face. How does your complexion look?

Pretty bad! My complexion is sallow and dull. Why did you make me do this?
Pretty good! I don't see any pronounced shadows here.
OK. Why am I holding this paper?

What happens to your skin when you are out in the sun without sunscreen?

I burn — fast.
I start with a tan but can burn if I stay out too long.
I tan.

What color flecks are in your eyes?

Golden or hazel
Blue or gray
A little bit of both
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