If you want to incorporate more colour into your personal style, it can help to consider not only which colours you’re instantly drawn to, but also which colours in particular complement your skin’s undertone. When we talk about skin’s undertone, we aren’t referring to how light or dark our skin is, but to the warm, cool, or neutral colour that shines through underneath.
If you have a cool undertone, then your skin is likely to have hints of blue, red, or pink, whereas if you have a warm undertone, your skin will have a more peachy, golden, or yellow complexion. Skin that has a neutral undertone will have a mix of cool and warm undertones that are roughly the same colour as your actual skin tone.
It’s important to remember that skin undertones aren’t connected to the colour of your skin: fairer skin can still have warm undertones, and darker skin can have cool undertones.
You can determine your undertone by doing things like identifying what colour the majority of the veins in your arms are, assessing whether gold or silver jewellery suits you best, and thinking about your hair and eye colour. Have a read of this article from Healthline to find out more.
Knowing what your skin’s undertone is can guide you when it comes to making wardrobe colour choices. Warm undertones look particularly good against colours like coral, honey, and cream – or earthy or rusty tones such as deep greens, reds, and oranges. Cool undertones, on the other hand, are often complemented by frosty blues, purples, and pinks – and neutral skin tones are often suited to a more muted version of bright colours like jade green, lagoon blue, or cornsilk yellow.
Though skin undertones can be a helpful guide when deciding what colours to inject into your wardrobe, there’s no reason why you can’t experiment with an array of different shades to determine what makes you feel happiest and most confident.
If you love a particular colour, but you think that it doesn’t suit your skin undertone, then you could consider wearing it on your bottom half, rather than up by your face. For example, by wearing a red belt instead of a red scarf, or a pair of blue trousers, rather than a blue shirt – or choosing garments that only have flecks of your favourite colour.