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Undertones – Do You Know Yours?

It is no surprise that women of color have a variety of undertones. That being said do you know yours? My experience with foundations was that it NEVER matched my skintone. As far as I was concerned if it wasn’t brown, dark, or cocoa I was at a lost to really describe my skintone. I sure didn’t understand WHAT undertones were all about. (I often wondered how horrible trying to find makeup had to be for my TRUE “blue-black” sistahs. Then again, I’ve only known one “blue-black” sistah and honestly her skin was clear and beautiful naturally with nothing on it! …but isn’t that the point…WHAT WOULD SHE HAVE PUT ON HER FACE?!)

I found that answering the following questions may help you identify your undertone for better foundation color selection.

Section 1
-Is your skin tan to deep brown with golden, yellow , orange, or olive-green undertones?
-Does exposure to the sun make you look golden brown?
-Are the veins in your wrist mostly olive-green in color?
-Does gold tone jewelry look best on you?
-Do you look best wearing yellow, burgundy, brown, beige, tan, orange, or green clothes?

If you answered ‘yes’ to most of the questions above (Section #1), you have warm undertones

Section 2
-Is your skin tan to deep brown with golden, bronze, brown, red or blue undertones?
-Does sun exposure make your look bronzed or rich brown?
-Are the veins on your inner wrist mostly blue in color?
-Does silver jewelry look best on you?
-Do you look best wearing clothes that are blue, turquoise, magenta, pink, purple (gemstone colors)?

If you answered yes to most of the questions above (Section #2), you have cool undertones

Section 3
If most of the ten questions above (Sections #1 and #2) apply to you, your undertone is neutral

Now ya’ know… and so do I! I’m COOL. (But, hey…I KNEW that already —LOL) I must have a neutral undertone as well though because I rake in compliments when I wear my bright coral dress. In this photo, I’m actually lying on the jacket to the dress. (Rock with what works, RIGHT?! Momma didn’t raise no fool… LOL)


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