Warm Skin Tones vs. Cool Skin Tones Explained

Warm Skin Tones vs. Cool Skin Tones Explained


What skin tone am I? A common question I receive from clients. 

This is typically followed by, what colors are best for my skin tone?


Skin tone (aka undertone) falls under Cool, Neutral and Warm. This is important for choosing face coverage such as foundation and concealer. LIZstetique foundations and concealers start with N (Cool Neutral Complexions) or C (Warm Yellow Complexions), followed by a number. The higher the number, the darker the shade. Below are some tips for figuring out your skin tone.


Warm Yellow Complexions. Celebrities such as Nicole Kidman, Claire Danes, Salma Hayek, Beyoncé, Eva Mendes, Freida Pinto, Viola Davis. They have either hints of yellow, sallow, peachy, or golden. If you tan easily, most likely you have a warm undertone.

Cool Neutral Complexions. Celebrities such as Anne Hathaway, January Jones, Cara Delevingne, Lucy Liu, Mindy Kaling, Octavia Spencer, Lupita Nyong'o. They have hints of bluish, pink, or a ruddy complexion. Also, for those with no obvious overtones of pink or sallow skin, but rather the skin’s natural color is more evident. If you burn easily, most likely you have a cool undertone.


"Is skin tone how we should decide our makeup colors?"

Not in my 18 years experience as a makeup artist. I started my career as the lead makeup artist at a O’Hair Salon + Spa. When a client would change their hair color, I gave them a new makeup look.I have personally gone from cool platinum blonde to a warm vibrant red (and everything in between). One comment I always heard “You’re so lucky, you can pull off any color!” Well my skin tone didn’t change. If I followed the rules (I’m a Cool Neutral Skin tone), the red should have looked awful. Though the compliment boosted my esteem, credit was due to adjusting my makeup to compliment my hair tones. That was the secret to make every hair color look like it was a “natural” fit. 


So, which LIZstetique Fall Trends should you be following? Warm or Cool? Find the category that best matches your current hair color (because you know you’ll change it😉) and then click on the matching palette to see the full lineup of our Fall Trends.


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