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Ever wonder how makeup artists get Hollywood’s hottest celebs to look flawlessly natural in their makeup? It all comes down to undertones (well, and acquiring skills through practice). Understanding your skin’s undertones is the key to finding the best foundation, concealer, and more to suit your skin—and that will ultimately ensure your most seamless, line-free face makeup, eye makeup, and lip color application. Ready for a crash course on undertones? Let’s get started!
While you may have light, medium, or dark skin, it’s all about the colors that peek through from underneath the surface of your skin—a.k.a. your undertones. Existing in an array of warm, cool, and neutral undertones, skin—and the makeup that’s best suited for it—can get pretty specific. Wondering what undertone you have? Here’s what you need to know.
If you have warm undertones…you’ll notice hints of yellow, peachy, or golden hues.
If you have cool undertones…your skin leans on the pink, red, and bluish side.
If you have neutral undertones…look for an even mixture of warm and cool tones that balance each other out and make your skin’s natural shade more obvious.
If you peek in the mirror and are having trouble clearly identifying your undertone, no worries! There are a few questions you can ask yourself to help easily identify your peek-a-boo hue that will make finding the perfect makeup that much more of a breeze.
What color are your veins? Flip your wrist over and take a peek at your veins. What do you see? If your veins lean toward the blueish-purple end of the spectrum, you have cool undertones. Veins look slightly more green? Warm undertones, we see you! If you’re having trouble really nailing down what color your veins look, congrats: You’re neutral!
You’re at the beach: Do you burn or tan? If you’re a perpetual lobster come summertime, there’s a good chance you’re rocking cool undertones. On the other hand, tan sun bunnies tend to have warm or neutral undertones.
Does silver or gold complement you better? Sure, you can absolutely accessorize with both, but take a minute to really consider which metal looks most flattering on you. Cooler undertones tend to look better in silver, while warm undertones are generally accentuated by wearing gold.
To determine which foundation and concealer will pair best with your undertones, simply dab a tad on your neck to find the perfect match. This way you’ll be able to match your undertones and ensure that you won’t have an intense line of demarcation. While you might feel like you’ve hit jackpot on the first swatch, be sure to try a few on for size so that you can compare to find the truest match—you’ll quickly be amazed by just how natural your coverage will look.
Now that you’re armed with everything you need to know about undertones, it’s time to stock up on face makeup. Here are a few options to get you started.
L’Oréal Paris True Match™ Super-Blendable Makeup: Available in 45 shades in warm, cool, and neutral ranges, matching your undertone has never been easier.
L’Oréal Paris True Match™ Super-Blendable Multi-Use Concealer: You can use this concealer, available in 14 shades in different undertones, for sheer or heavier coverage depending on your needs.
L’Oréal Paris True Match™ Color Correcting Crayons: Dark circles? Redness? Sallow skin? These concealer crayons provide a correcting solution to every unwanted hue that makes an appearance on your face. Say hello to your most even-looking skin tone yet!
Beyond foundation and concealer, you likely also sometimes apply highlighter and blush. And you should decide on shades for both products based on your undertones. Bronze, rust, and orange shades work best with warm undertones, while pearlescent silvery finishes and cool pinks are gorgeous on cool skin tones.
L’Oréal Paris True Match™ Blush: This blush is available in a wide array of shades of neutral, warm, and cool undertones, so you can easily find the one that pairs best with your skin.
L’Oréal Paris Infallible Longwear Blush Shaping Sticks: Get a gorgeous, long-lasting flush with this creamy blush, available in two shades—Sexy-Flush for cool undertones and Cheeky Dimension for warm undertones.
L’Oréal Paris Paradise Enchanted Fruit-Scented Blush Makeup: This fruit-scented blush comes in four shades that work for a variety of undertones. Try Just Curious if you’re warm or Fantastical if you’re cool.
L’Oréal Paris True Match™ Lumi Glow Amour Glow Boosting Drops: Highlighter drops are a great way to add illumination to your face. These highlighter drops come in a shade for warm undertones (Golden Hour) and cool undertones (Daybreak).
L’Oréal Paris True Match™ Lumi Glotion Natural Glow Enhancer: For days when you don’t want to wear a full face of foundation, reach for this highlighter lotion, which comes in a variety of shades that work on all undertones.
L’Oréal Paris True Match™ Lumi Glow Nude Highlighter Palette: Customize your glow with this palette. Try Sunkissed for warm undertones and Moonkissed for cool undertones.
L’Oréal Paris True Match™ Lumi Shimmerista Highlighting Powder: At a touch of shimmer to your collarbone with this pretty loose highlighter powder. Try Sunlight for warm undertones and Moonlight for cool undertones.
Beyond face makeup, you can choose eye makeup shades based on your undertones as well. Choose eye shadow shades that have the same undertones as your complexion. So, if you have warm skin, use bronze-y shades reminiscent of sunsets, whereas if you have cool skin, opt for pink, mauve, navy blue, white, and gray.
Ready to find an eye shadow that flatters your undertones? Try one of the following shades!
L’Oréal Paris Crushed Foils Metallic Eye Shadow: Embrace the metallic makeup trend with this gorgeous eye shadow. Try Gilded Gold for warm undertones or Diamond Dust for cool undertones.
L’Oréal Paris Infallible Paints Metallics Eye Shadow: This eye shadow is another metallic option that’s super-pretty. Use Rose Chrome on warm undertones or Aluminum Foil on cool undertones.
L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Monos Eyeshadow: This eye shadow collection comes in a wide variety of shades in matte and shimmer for different undertones. Try Acro-Matte, Matte-ison Avenue, Little Beige Dress, and Sunset Seine for warm undertones or Mademoiselle Pink, Pain Au Chocolat, Meet Me in Paris, and Grand Bleu for cool undertones.
Last but not least, we come to lipstick! Your makeup routine wouldn’t be complete without some lip color, but which one should you choose? Here are some guidelines: For warm undertones, oranges and orange-based reds will be stunning. For warm undertones, blue-based reds, fuchsias, and blue-based berries will look beautiful.
Here are our best lipsticks for your undertone.
L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Matte Lipstick: Are you a fan of matte lipstick? Then this one is the right one for you! Try Matte at Batte for warm undertones or Matte Mandate for cool undertones.
L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Shine Lipstick: More of a shiny lipstick kind of person? Then reach for this lipstick. Try Luminous Coral for warm undertones or Laminated Fuchsia for cool undertones.
Now that you know how to tailor your makeup to your undertones, why not tailor your hair color, too? Our articles, The Best Brown Hair Color for Your Skin Tone, The Best Red Hair Color for Your Skin Tone, and The Best Blonde Hair Colors for Every Skin Tone, will set you on your way.