The undertone guide for black women
Knowing your undertone matters because it helps you make better decisions when it comes to your style and accessory choices. Skin undertones are simply the colour underneath the surface. You and someone can have the same skin colour but different undertones. This is because there are three types of skin undertones Warm, Cool and Neutral (a mix of warm and cool undertones).
Let's reflect for a minute. You know that annoying moment when someone wears your dress and it looks ways better on them. It's not because they are prettier than you (Nobody is prettier than you!), a perfect explanation is a difference in undertones. The color of the dress probably suits their undertone more than yours. I can't overemphasize this because it matters in makeup, jewellery, hair colour and outfits.
3 tricks to finding your undertones:
- Think about what jewellery you look better in. Don't focus on which you like more but which makes you look alive and radiant. People with warm undertones look better in gold/rose golds while people with cool undertones look better in silver and platinum metals.
- What colour are your veins? Check your wrist to see if you have green or blue veins. Blue veins mean cool undertones while green veins mean warm undertones.
- Does your skin look better in bright white and blacks or off-whites and nude/tan colours? If you look better is bright white and blacks you have cool undertones but if off-whites are more your style you are most likely warm tones.
For people with warm undertones like myself, we need to treat ourselves with earth tones like peach, gold, olive, orange, yellow, brown, and copper. Toss out the eggshell whites, blacks, pinks and the likes. This also applies to hair colour, switch out the black for browns, golds and blondes. Just ensure you stick to ombre for an effortless look.
While people with cool undertones need jewel tones such as pinks, lavender, rose, purple, emerald and sapphire. Toss out the nudes, tans, yellow and the likes. Don't stick to only black hair, add some purple and blue to your hairstyles.
|Colours for each undertone|
Trust me, sticking to colours that suit your undertone elevates your style and makes you more approachable. People naturally gravitate towards you because you look put together and effortless.
Personally, it was a bummer to hear that black does not suit my undertone especially because black makes you appear slimmer. I still rock black dresses but I get away with it by pairing it with gold jewellery and makeup that matches my undertone. That gives a balance to my look.
I hope you learnt something new from this.
"Beauty is not who you are on the outside, it is the wisdom and time you gave away to save another struggling soul like you." - Shannon L. Alder