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MIRA BEAUTY Guide: How to Find Your Undertone

MIRA BEAUTY • updated Dec 11, 2020
MIRA BEAUTY Guide: How to Find Your Undertone

Discover how to select your undertone for a better beauty experience

Choosing the right makeup products is very personal, and goes beyond just collecting purple eyeshadows because it’s your favorite color. Most makeup lovers have experienced the pain of buying a new concealer or lipstick shade that looked great in the packaging, only for it to look “off” the moment you apply it. We’re here to tell you that it’s nothing personal, you really do look as incredible in red lipstick as you think you do… the product just doesn’t match your skin undertones. What are undertones, exactly? That’s where we come in.

You may have heard the term “undertones” thrown around by your favorite beauty guru… without knowing what it really means. The concept is simple yet complex at the same time, as skin undertones ultimately decide which beauty products are do’s and don’ts on your face. It’s also a bit tricky to determine, and you’ll need help from jewelry and your wardrobe…  but there are immense benefits to finding out your undertone. We're here to teach you how to find your undertone and choose better products that blend in beautifully with your unique skin type.

What is an undertone?

Undertones are the colors that come through from beneath the surface of your skin. These are not to be confused with skin tones, as the color of your skin can easily change depending on sun exposure or environmental factors, while your undertone stays consistent all year. What does that mean? Undertones are unique. You can share the same olive skin tone as your best friend or favorite celebrity, only to discover that their ride-or-die foundation doesn’t look nearly as good on you. Why? Different undertones!

There are three main undertones: warm, cool, and neutral. Each one can be found on people of all skin types and tones, and plays a major part in how beauty products look on your skin. No matter how well a foundation shade matches your skin color, it’s what’s underneath that counts. Seriously. These products may not blend with the natural hues that lay below the surface, which makes it crucial that you know your undertone in order to select the best beauty products and hues for you.

  • Warm: The base tone of your skin is yellow, peach and/or gold
  • Cool: You see a tint of blue, pink or red underneath the skin’s surface
  • Neutral: A mixture of both warm and cool hues, or your undertone is a similar shade as your actual skin tone

How to find your undertone

White clothing

That white summer dress you’ve been waiting to pull out of the closet? Now is the time. Head to the window, or any other spot with lots of bright, natural light, and hold the clothing item to your face. If you notice that you’re looking rosy or pink, you’re likely cool toned, while those who appear more yellow are warm toned. Those who don’t notice a difference are likely neutral toned.

Look at veins

If you’ve found yourself looking down at the blue veins on your wrist on more than one occasion, you’re probably cool toned. Green veins are a sign of being warm toned.

Wear jewelry

Regardless of your personal preferences on silver and gold, undertones are very relevant when trying on jewelry. Those with cool tones are believed to look better with a silver bracelet, while gold jewelry is ideal on warm toned beauties. And then there’s the lucky neutral toned individuals who look beautiful in both. But regardless of your undertones, don’t stop yourself from wearing whatever type of jewelry you desire… MIRA BEAUTY is all about individuality and there are no rules when it comes to style!

Think about how you tan (or don't)

We told you that any skin type can have any skin undertones, and this is true. However, the way your skin reacts to sun exposure can be a great clue in how to find your undertone. Those who burn easily, or will get a sunburn that ultimately fades into a tan, are more likely to be cool toned. Those who tan quickly and rarely burn are not only extremely lucky, but also generally warm-toned.

Consider your clothing

Most of us have “our colors” when it comes to clothing, and your wardrobe can be a step in the right direction when considering how to find your undertone. Warm undertones look beautiful in earthy hues like yellow, brown, ivory, and orange-red… just look at a warm toned beauty like Beyonce. For cool tones, you’re likely fond of bolder colors like blue, green, purple, and red. And then there’s the fact that you can probably rock an all-black outfit like no other.

Ask a professional

There’s no shame in asking your MUA friend how to find your undertone, or going to the local makeup counter and asking the employees all about skin undertones. It’s called the beauty community for a reason, as makeup lovers are meant to lift each other up and ensure that nobody buys the wrong shade of foundation. And you won’t… because plenty of foundation lines are clearly marked for cool, warm, and neutral undertones to make the selection process easier.

Beauty products for skin undertones

Cool Toned

Liquid Glitter Eyeshadow in Bling Bling by e.l.f., $5

Liquid Glitter Eyeshadow in Bling Bling e.l.f.
Source: e.l.f.

Silver looks beautiful on you - in the form of jewelry, highlighter, and this affordable, shimmery glitter eyeshadow that will look stunning on your skin undertone.

Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush in Blushing Bride by Tarte, $29

Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush in Blushing Bride Tarte
Source: Tarte

Your pink skin undertones will be looking even more rosy and radiant with this long lasting, ultra-blendable blush for all occasions.

Warm Toned

24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Goldmine by Urban Decay, $25

 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Goldmine Urban Decay
Source: Urban Decay

Because you’re gold, babe, solid gold. Skip the black liner and choose this sparkly alternative by Urban Decay to put a twinkle in your eye, and pay tribute to your golden undertone.

Matte Lipstick in Lady Danger by MAC, $19

Matte Lipstick in Lady Danger MAC
Source: MAC

This orange-red hue is made for those with warm undertones, and hydrates your lips while providing an all-day boost of color.

Neutral Toned

Hoola Matte Bronzer by Benefit, $30

Hoola Matte Bronzer Benefit
Source: Benefit

This cult favorite is known to work on all skin tones, types, and undertones… but it was basically made for neutral tones. Hoola Matte Bronzer adds just the right amount of warmth to your face without looking too orange or ashy.

Studio Skin 15 Hour Hydrating Foundation by Smashbox, $36

Studio Skin 15 Hour Hydrating Foundation Smashbox
Source: Smashbox

Blendable, beautiful, and available in a variety of hues to match your specific skin tone and skin undertone. Choose your favorite shade of this beloved foundation to match your neutral tint.

Shop more products for your cool, warm, or neutral undertone on MIRA.