Updated: Dec 21, 2020
Any beauty lover will tell you that figuring out your undertone is a critical component of any great makeup routine. But the process can feel so overwhelming. Cool, warm, olive, neutral... how does one know? This guide provides some quick tips and tricks to determine your undertone, but when in doubt, get matched by a professional. (Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we can help shade-match you!)
First, a little background. As mentioned above, there are four main undertones: cool, warm, neutral, and olive. 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 the skin on your face. 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, you are probably a warm undertone. If they look blue, you’re most likely a cool undertone. Do they look blue-green, or is it hard to tell? You're probably neutral.
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 cool (pink) undertones. Gold jewelry tend to be most flattering on warm (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 tend to look good on warm-toned skin. Look at the jewelry and clothes 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 likely will soon!
COOL CONCEAL + CORRECT: Shades 01, 12, 14
WARM CONCEAL + CORRECT: Shades 02, 08, 10
NEUTRAL CONCEAL + CORRECT: Shades 02, 03, 04, 06, 13
OLIVE CONCEAL + CORRECT: Shades 04, 06
CLOVE + HALLOW’s Founder and CEO, Sarah Biggers-Stewart, a professional makeup artist, shares her tips for finding your undertone.