Very often people will say that green or orange is their colour. You might even have heard how people say that if they wear a certain colour they look terrible. If you’ve dismissed this as simply another old wives tale, I’m here to tell you today, that it actually isn’t. The colour tone of your skin will, in fact, determine what colours you can wear.

The biggest question surrounding skin colour tones is how it affects which colours a person can wear and how to find the right colour for your skin. I always tell my clients that finding their colours is the first step to creating their perfect wardrobe. Once you know what colours work for you and what colours don’t, you can create a closet which will flatter and enhance your natural beauty.

Another big question is how do we find your perfect colour. In my studio, I have a 64 colour drape pallet which is used to determine perfect colour matches. You can, however, do a simple at-home test to get you going in the right direction. You need to know that home tests won’t be 100% accurate. For an accurate colour pallet, don’t hesitate to book a personalized one-on-one appointment with me today. Additionally, you need to know that if you find that a colour you simply love doesn’t match your skin tone; you can still use it to accessorise.

Finding Your Skin Tone

Testing at home

The easiest way to determine your skin tone is to take a look at the undertones of your skin. This is because the colour tone of your skin can change depending on several factors such as sun exposure, medications, and even the products you use on your skin. You’ll also find that this factor comes into play when choosing the right makeup. Have you ever bought makeup that you through was a great match for your skin only to get home and it doesn’t match at all? Well, this is because of skin tone comparisons as opposed to skin undertone comparisons.

To begin your test at home, you need to first remove all facial cosmetics including lotions. These can greatly impact the overall results of your test. Wash your face thoroughly, and let it dry completely. Then you need to wait approximately 25 minutes for all redness to disappear from your skin. Once your skin is dry and fresh, you need to step into natural light. This could be outside or you could open curtains to let natural light into your room. Be sure not to get actual light on your skin. It is essential to know that artificial light will always change your skin undertone colouring.

Finding your Skin Tone

Once you have your natural light you need to make use of a simple piece of white paper. Hold the paper up to your face. You’ll see that your skin contrasts to the white paper. This contrast will appear to be light brown, yellowish or have a green tint then you have a warm skin tone. If the contrast is pink, blue or a rosy shade then you have cool-toned skin. Greyish or ashen contrasts mean you have neutral-toned skin.


Next, take a look at the palm of your hand. What colour are your veins? If they seem to be green, then you have a warm skin tone. Veins which appear to be blue or slightly purple are indicative of cool skin tones and if it really is hard to tell, then you may have neutral tones in your skin.  You’ll find that variables will play a big role in your home test. These variables include whether you have tanned naturally or artificially and whether you suffer from blemishes or acne.

Remember that the tips above are not set in stone, and should only be used as a guideline. In order to determine which colours best suit your skin tone and to fully understand your personal colouring book, book a fun one-on-one consultation with me today.