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Beauty Tips

Get to know what's on the surface!

Alright my fellow redheads, this is part 1 of a 3 part blog series on skin- Get to know what’s on the surface!  Per popular request, the first post will address your skin’s undertones.

So what are undertones anyways?  Often times we choose our foundation, liquid or powder, based on our skin tone. Be it ivory, beige, medium, tan etc. - we look at the surface of our skin and try to match.  But your skin tone changes with sun exposure, lack thereof, or simply overtime. Today we see many online cosmetics companies, including Redhead Revolution, prompting buyers to choose a foundation based on their  skin’s undertones, but if you don’t know what that is, then it isn’t much help. So here goes, Finding your skin’s undertones 101:

First, your skin’s undertones lie just below the surface of the skin and regardless of whether you skin hasn’t seen the sun in months or you just got a tan- it stays the same.

Second, there are three undertone categories: cool (pink, or bluish undertones); warm (yellow, peachy, golden undertones); neutral (mix of warm and cool).

 

So which are you? Here are a few tests to help you determine which category you fall into.

1.  Look at the veins on your wrist: Are they blue or green? If they are blue or blue-purple, then you most likely have cool undertones. If they are greenish, then you’re warm.  And if you have both blue and green veins then you are neutral.

2. Hold up a piece of silver or platinum jewelry and a piece of gold. Now, regardless of which one you like more, which one looks best against your skin? Girls with cool undertones tend to look better in silver and platinum metals, while warm-toned girls look better in gold.

3. The neutral shade test: think about which neutral shade looks best on you. Does a bright white or black hue flatter you best? Or ivory and brown/tan shades? If it is the former, then you are most likely cool-toned, while the latter means you are warm.

Now that you have discovered your skin’s undertones, you will be better able to choose a foundation/moisture tint that will flatter rather than clash.  Knowing your undertones also help you determine which colors will look better on you- be it clothing or lipstick. But that’s for another post….

Now go be merry whether you be cool, warm or neutral. And above all, be glad you don’t share Liz Lemon’s witch undertones.

 

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    Kate Loveless
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Comments on this post ( 5 )

  • Feb 05, 2017

    Thumbs up! Your article is helpful, but I am highly likely between a warm and a cool redhead-neutral. When I buy lipsticks, am I better off with those that are more for warmer or cooler redheads?

    — Doreen

  • Aug 11, 2016

    Oh PS: Forgot to mention that another distinguishing factor between warm and cool redheads is: are you able to tan at all? Cool redheads essentially don’t tan, and usually sunburn very easily. I might turn 1/4 shade darker in summer. But I know a redhead who tans easily and some that are sort of in-between. Those gals are the warms.

    — Jenn

  • Aug 11, 2016

    Great blog post. You would think with the internet, this info about warm and cool redheads would be more widely known by now, but it’s not. I didn’t figure out what color lipstick to wear until I was 40 years old!

    — Jenn

  • Jul 31, 2016

    I am a 40’s something woman – who happens to be a natural redhead (that does not have add any color). And I have always had problem with finding the right tinted moisturizer (did I spell that right). Are there any suggestions as to what might be an effective way to find the right color – when your skin tone seems to defy all logic.

    — Kelli

  • Jan 21, 2015

    This was very helpful. Thanks! I’m a natural redhead, as is my daughter, as is my mom. All 3 of us have different skin tones and different hair colors. I’m forwarding to them both.

    — Ginger2Faulkner

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