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How to Determine My Skin Tone

author image Madeleine Mayer
Madeleine Mayer has been a freelance journalist since 2007, covering science, health and fitness. She has a master's degree in science and health journalism and a bachelor's degree in cell biology.
How to Determine My Skin Tone
How to Determine My Skin Tone Photo Credit Chris Zainal/Demand Media

If you're wondering what colors look best on you, first determine your skin tone. People typically fall into two categories -- those with cool-toned skin and those with warm-toned skin. Cool-toned people look better in bright jewel-tone colors, such as bright blues, greens and purples; warm-toned people will dazzle in earthy tones, such as oranges and browns. Follow several steps to determine your tone, then wear the right colors with confidence.

Step 1

Roll up your sleeves if you are wearing long sleeves, and look at the underside of your wrist. Do your veins look blue-purple or blue-green? If they look blue-purple, you probably have a cool skin tone. If they look greenish, your skin tone is probably warm.

Step 2

Pull your hair back from your bare face. Hold a white shirt, towel or rag up to your face in front of the mirror. If your face has a yellowish hue, you probably have a warm skin tone. If your face looks blueish, you probably have a cool skin tone.

Step 3

Stand in front of the mirror and put on a silver necklace or a pair of silver earrings. Take them off and replace them with gold ones. Which suits you better? If it's the silver, you probably have a cool skin tone. If it's the gold, you're probably warm.

Step 4

Hold a bright pink shirt, rag or towel next to your face while you look in the mirror. Put it down and do the same with a bright orange one. Which makes you glow more? The pink indicates a cool skin tone. The orange means your skin is most likely warm in tone.

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