Warm, Cool and Neutral Tones

Whether you’re choosing what colors your outfit should be, or what accessories you should wear, considering the tone of your colors is helpful in making choices that work well.

It’s good to consider whether your necklaces and earrings work well together, or whether this matches to your top or your handbag. Little details like this are key to putting together a cohesive look.

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This can also make putting together new outfits a lot simpler, since knowing what tones work will make your decision making a lot more streamlined and smooth.

And lastly, you’re going to want to consider your skin’s undertone to decide what colors your outfits and accessories works optimally with. Your undertone is the underlying color of your base skin color. This applies to anyone no matter what your skin color is, so it is not hard to identify. When you do this, you’ll really enhance your natural beauty, without the need to change you skin and really be able to shine as you are.

So how to we identify each kind of tone? And how can you do this easily to identify your undertone? Let’s go through the three tones that we know exist.

Warm Undertone

The warm undertone can be best described as any color with hints of a greenish tint.

If your identifying this on your own skin, look out for the color of your larger veins. This is the best way to get an idea of your undertone. If your veins appear to be quite green through your skin, then you more likely have a warm undertone.

Another way to identify it is to compare it to any images of already proven warm or cool toned colors. With this one, you have to be careful to find images that are accurate in its undertone.

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Colors that work best for this tone usually include earthy, rich tones such as reds, browns, oranges, peaches, yellows and greens. They work well as they compliment the greenish undertone that your skin has to offer.

As for accessories, I find that gold jewelry also works particularly well with this tone. Side by side with the earthy tones, they work together in harmony.

Cool Undertone

A cool undertone is usually defined by a blueish tint. This means that the underlying color is a cool blue shade.

You may have guessed that identifying this on your skin means looking out for more blue or purple colored veins, which signify the cooler tone.

The colors that define this category are usually blues, pinks, purples, turquoises and grays. Most pastel colors usually work well as in this category, but any color with a hint of blue or a cool-ish tone would be part of this list.

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In the jewelry department, I find that silver colors work particularly well. Since they lack the warm gold tones, they suit pairing up with these cooler colors.

I’m Not Any Of These!

Sometimes trying to apply these categories onto yourself isn’t easy. Most of us aren’t perfectly painted one shade of a color, and it varies all across our bodies. The main places to focus on are the parts you’ll show the most – your face, hands, arms and legs. If the colors mostly match in these areas, then you can use this to find out what you are.

Now you might still be looking and thinking you’re either none of these or both of these undertones. Guess what? You probably are!

Neutral Undertone

This last part is dedicated to those who are both warm and cool toned throughout your body.

I found that with myself, that in the summer, my skin could with hold a bit of a tan on my arms and shoulders, but my face would stay pink and burn. My legs could also tan very little, but since I don’t always get them out they stay very pale and cool toned.

The main thing that made me realize my undertone was checking the veins on my wrist. This part is the easiest to see it from as the skin is finer. My wrists reveal blue, green and purple veins, which confused me at first, but now it all makes sense.

If you have the same features, then you are very lucky! You have the choice to pick warm and cool tone color palettes, which is amazing!

Although you have a wide variety of tones to choose from, you must remember this – try to stick to either the warm or cooler tones in any one outfit. Just because you could wear both in theory, it doesn’t mean you should wear a bright red top with a pale blue skirt. It will not complement each other very well and looks fairly not thought out.

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So even if you have a choice from your palette, make sure your outfit’s undertones are cohesive within itself.

This is a very general guide to color palettes and skin undertones. If you still want to wear cooler tones while still considering yourself to be a warm undertone, then nothing is stopping you! Hopefully this still helps you understand the many complexities and the fun you can have with color.

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