Figuring out your undertone is a critical component of any great makeup look, but it’s so overwhelming! Pink, yellow, olive, neutral—how does one know? Our guide will give you some quick tips and tricks for determining your undertone, but when in doubt, go get matched by a professional at a beauty shop or mall.
First, a little background. As mentioned above, there are four main undertones: pink, yellow, olive, and neutral. We are going to focus primarily on pink and yellow because neutral is pretty obvious once you understand these—it means you fall smack dab in the middle. And if you’re neutral with a slightly gray or green cast (it’s a gorgeous undertone, but difficult to describe with pretty words), you have an olive undertone.
THE THREE HACKS FOR DETERMINING YOUR UNDERTONE:
Observe your skin tone. Look at your skin. It seems crazy simple, but some people are dead giveaways simply by observing their natural skin tone. If you pull pink, you are cool toned. If you pull yellow, golden or orange, you are warm toned.
Look at your veins. Look at the veins that run through your wrist or crease of your elbow. If they look green-hued, you are probably a yellow undertone. If they look blue-toned, you’re most likely a pink undertone.
Pay attention to clothing and jewelry tones. We are intuitively drawn to the jewelry and clothing undertones that suit us. Silver jewelry tends to work best with pink/cool undertones and gold tends to work best with yellow/golden undertones. Muted, cool-toned shades like mauve and grey tend to look better on cool-toned skin, and warm-toned shades like copper tends to look good on warm-toned skin. Look at the jewelry you prefer and let that inform your conclusion.
Finally, here’s a guide to your CLOVE + HALLOW complexion product options based on your undertone. We’re constantly adding new shades, so if you don’t see a match, you probably will soon!
CLOVE + HALLOW’s Founder and CEO, Sarah Biggers, took the time to share her tips for finding your undertone that she learned working as a professional makeup artist. Watch the video below for a step-by-step guide to determining your undertone!