Do I Have Cool or Warm Skin Tone?

Cool and Warm Skin Tones

Do You Have Cool or Warm Skin Tones?

When selecting not only your foundation shade of mineral makeup, but also your blush, lip colors and any all-over face colors, you need to know if you should purchase cool or warm colors.

This is based on the undertone of your skin - look at the underside of your arm. If your veins appear bluish you are cool toned, if they appear greenish you are warm toned.

Why is this important?

With complementary colors (in cosmetics and clothing):

Your skin tone will appear radiant and glowing
Your eyes will appear brighter and clearer
Your hair will reflect highlights
You will hear compliments - such as "You look great"!

With uncomplimentary colors (in cosmetics and clothing):

Your skin tone will appear tired and drained
Your eyes may appear shadowed, dark circles
Even your teeth can appear with a slight yellow hue
You will hear comments - such as "You look tired” "Do you feel OK?"

If you aren't sure if you have Cool or Warm Skin Tones, these comparisons should help: -


If you have cool coloring, you will look best in these colors.


If you have warm coloring, you will look best in these colors

Includes "jewel tones" - blues, greens, pinks, purples, blue-greens, magentas, and blue-based reds.

Foundation is pink based

Looks better in pure white than ivory

Can easily wear black

Includes "earth tones" - yellows, oranges, browns, yellowish greens and orange-based reds.

Foundation is yellow based

Looks better in ivory than pure white

Looks washed out with black worn close to the face

My skin is:
Very dark brown with reddish or blue undertones
Brown with pink undertone
True olive (most Asians and Latinos)
Medium with no color in cheeks
Medium with faint pink cheeks
Pale with no color in cheeks
Pale with pink undertones
Ruddy-pinkish red
Brown or bronze when I tan

My skin is:
Very dark brown with golden undertones
Brown with golden undertone
Medium with golden undertones
Pale with peach or gold undertones
Golden brown, when I tan

Notable examples -
Elizabeth Taylor, Demi Moore, Anne Hathaway, Courtney Cox, Sandra Bullock, Terri Hatcher, Kirstin Davis, America Fererra, Keira Knightley, Eva Longoria, Kim Kardashian, Jennifer Hudson, Liv Tyler, Alexis Bledel, Megan Fox, Jennifer Connelly, Shania Twain, Brooke Shields Sophia Bush, Penelope Cruz, Candace Bergen, Sarah Chalke, Hillary Clinton, Heather Locklear, Britney Spears, Sarah Jessica Parker, Christy Brinkley, Reese Witherspoon, Michelle Pfeiffer, Jeri Ryan, Jennifer Aniston, Ellen Pompano

Notable examples - Nicole Kidman, Meg Ryan, Cameron Diaz, Kate Hudson, Gwyneth Paltrow, Reba McIntyre, Julianne Hough, Sarah Ferguson, Marcia Cross, Calista Flockhart, Rebecca Romjin, Tara Reid, Renee Zellweger, Ellen Degeneres, Diane Sawyer, Amy Adams, Jillian Anderson, Amanda Bynes, Becki Newton, Nicole Richie, Kim Raver, Kristen Johnston, Leona Lewis

Cool or Warm Skin Tones?

If you can't decide between Cool or Warm Skin Tones - Cool coloring is much more common than warm. You probably know if you are warm. More & more companies are adding "neutral" colors - if your coloring is more balanced you may want to try colors designated as neutral. If most foundation looks too pink or too yellow, definitely try a neutral (or balanced) shade.

Need More Help?

Cool or Warm SwatchesVisit Mineral Hygienics Choose your skin tone tutorial if you need help selecting the correct foundation and makeup colors. Visit the PurMinerals Makeup Planner - Take the quiz to determine your Mineral Makeup shade and your most flattering blush, eye and lip colors.

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