skin tone

Jan 09

WHAT’S YOUR SKIN TONE?

You may be someone who loves fashion and playing dress up. But, guess what- none of it can be perfected unless you know your skin type and your skin tone. This is because every skincare product or makeup that you apply on your face invariantly depends on your skin type and tone. Not only that, even when you choose your clothes depends on your skin tone.

So, if you are someone who finds it exceedingly baffling when trying to find the right skincare products for yourself or whilst choosing the right foundation or lipstick to go with your skin tone, you have come to the right place!

We came across this amazing infographic (https://goo.gl/WM1m4v) by Fair and Flawless that walks us through all the minute details that we need to know about our skin tone and what colours suit us.

Skin tone

What’s your skin colour?

Pale, Porcelain or Ivory skin– According to the Fitzpatrick scale, you have the lowest ranking. This means you fall in the extreme section of the scale. And here are your skin details:

  • Your skin burns very easily and it doesn’t tan easily.
  • Most of you with this kind of skin have light blonde or red hair and blue or green eyes
  • To protect yourself from burning, use an SPF of 30

Fair, beige or cream-coloured skin- This skin tone falls just below the above. The common characteristics of this tone are:

  • Skin will burn easily and will not tan easily
  • People with this skin tone have a wide range of hair and eye colour
  • Try to always apply an SPF of 30.

Light brown, golden or olive skin- This skin tone has the following characteristics:

  • Skin has a tendency to burn and tans gradually
  • People with this skin tone can have a wide range of hair and eye colour
  • Should wear at least SPF of 30 every day

Caramel, tanned or medium brown skin- People with this skin type have the following characteristics:

  • Skin will tan easily but not burn at all
  • Most people with this skin tone have dark hair and hazel or brown eyes
  • Should wear sunscreen of SPF 15 every day.

Bronze or rich brown skin- People with this skin tone have the following features:

  • Skin rarely burns but tans easily
  • Likely to have hazel or brown eyes and dark hair
  • Should wear an SPF of 15 when working outside

Mahogany, Espresso or Black skin- This skin tone is at the extreme end of the skin tone spectrum. This skin tone has the following characteristics:

  • Skin never burns, but tans very easily
  • Most people with this skin tone have dark hair and hazel or brown eyes
  • Should wear SPF 15 when outside in the sun

What’s your inherent undertone?

Besides the types of skin tones mentioned above, there are other classifications of our skin tone, namely:

Warm- This skin tone will lean more towards yellow, orange and golden.

Cool- If you lean more towards peach, pink or blue, then you have a cool undertone.

Still confused? Here are some simple tests to know what your undertone is-

Test 1: Hold a plain white paper against your skin. Use this blank piece of paper as a reference. If your skin looks more yellowish in comparison to the paper, you have a warm undertone. Similarly, if your skin looks more pinkish then you have a cool undertone.

Here’s another simpler test to help you decipher your skin tone.

Test 2: Stand under the sun and look at your wrist. If the veins beneath your skin appear greenish, then you have a warm undertone. If it appears bluish, then you have a cool undertone.

And here’s a fashion tip for you as well. If you have a warm undertone, gold jewellery will flatter you more. Whereas, if you have a cool undertone, stick to silver jewellery.

Did you know that your skin tone could be classified according to the seasons?

If you want to be in vogue and wish to choose your clothes according to the season, here is how you can check your contrast.

Clear Contrast- This means that there is a high contrast between your skin, hair and eyes. This also means that you may have slightly pale and translucent skin.

Muted Contrast- This means that there isn’t much contrast between your skin, hair and eyes.

So, if you have a clear contrast and a warm tone, then spring is your season. If you have a clear contrast and a cool undertone then winter is your season.

Similarly, if you have a muted contrast with a warm undertone, then autumn is your season. And, if you have a muted contrast and a cool undertone, then summer is your season.

So, here is how you can also make your seasons work for you:

Spring- If spring is your season, you should stick to soft and pale colours. Avoid dark colours that have a sharp contrast.

Summer- Muted colours like neutrals, pastels favour you more! Avoid black and orange.

Autumn- Try out rich muted colours with earth tones. Avoid clear bright colours.

Winter- Jewel tones and rich deep colours look best on you. Don’t use colours like beige, orange as these will make you look washed out.

Since you have an in-depth guide now regarding your skin tone, follow it till the last word. This will help you to not only choose the correct makeup but correct clothes as well.

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