How To Determine Your Undertone: Warm, Cool or Neutral?

July 31, 2020

How To Determine Your Undertone: Warm, Cool or Neutral?

Finding your perfect foundation shade can be a difficult task. Especially today when you’re unable to go in and get shade matched, you have to resort to the descriptions online. And when the descriptions are talking all about undertones, how do you know which one you are? If you’re like the majority, you are probably thinking, “What is an undertone?!?” Well, you’re not alone! Many people don’t know what their skin undertone is, let alone how to determine their own undertone. We’ve put together a quick guide, so our YENSA Fam can learn together.

The Importance Of Knowing Your Undertone

With so many different foundation shades on the market today, it can be really hard to find your perfect ONE. Knowing your undertone will help you narrow it down. You can either have yellow, pink, or neutral undertones. Rule of thumb: yellow/golden/peachy = warm, pink/red/blueish = cool, and neutral = a mix of both. Keep in mind that your undertone has nothing to do with your actual skin tone. You can be very fair with warm undertones and vice versa.

Quick Ways To Find Your Undertone

1. Vein Test

Take a close look at the veins near your wrist and try to make out their color. Are they green, bluish purple, or both? If they are green, then you most likely have warmer undertones. If they look more on the blue-purple side, you probably have cooler undertones. Lastly, if you can’t tell or it looks like they are a mix of green, blue and purple then you are neutral! This means you have a mix of both warm and cool undertones, and it is easiest to find shades that best match you.

2. Dark Circle Check

If you are one of those lucky people that can happily say they don’t have dark circles, then we envy you. But seriously, this probably isn’t the best test for you. Look in the mirror and take a close look at the color of your dark circles. Are they brown? Or are they more of a purple-blue color? If they are brown, it’s safe to say that you have warmer undertones in your skin. If they are purplish, much like the test previously, you most likely have cooler undertones.

3. Jewelry Preference 

Typically, we all have an idea of what type of metal looks best on us. This is a great indicator of what your undertone may be. If you feel like silver/white gold is your best friend and any other color close to gold just looks out of place on you, then you are definitely cooler toned. If you find that yellow gold and rose gold shine just right on your skin, you are warmer toned. If you don’t have a preference and you feel like you can rock both - then you are neutral. Again, we’re not saying you can’t wear whatever jewelry you want, by all means, please do! This is just an easy way to test for your undertones. 

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There you have it #YENSAMuses. Three super quick, easy ways to determine your undertone, to give you a better idea of which foundation shade might suit you best. Let us know which test was easiest for you!


1 comment

  • Alison Broxton : August 14, 2020

    A couple questions! You should match your undertone to the foundation shade’s tone, correct? Cool with cool, warm with warm, neutral with neutral? And concealers (e.g., for dark circles) should also be of the same tone, right?? Apologies for what is a majorly “duh” Q&A, but I just wanted to make sure it’s not supposed to be opposites (I’m a beginner to foundation bc of adult acne and sunspots and wrinkles on my 34yo face :/. )

    Also, I have read the FAQs and info on your website but didn’t see the answer to my main question (or a direct way to Submit one). So… here’s the question(s): Are your products non-comedogenic? Do they clog pores/contribute to acne?

    I have used 100% pure jojoba oil as well as Rosehip seed oil on my face for acne specifically, so I do not get scared of using oils in such products (esp with Yensi’s mission and ingredients).

    Thank you so much in advance for your help. I love love love what y’all are doing and making! This is an amazing and brilliant movement for the makeup industry :)) and skincare in general— awesome reminder and realization of superfoods’ powers and their use potentials!!

    Alison B. B.

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