All About | Undertones - Beauty With Lily

All About | Undertones

Tuesday, October 08, 2013

Hello friends! I'm back with the All About it's on Skin Undertones.
I think if I hadn't discovered the art of undertones, I would continue to walk around with the wrong foundation color on for the rest of my life...not cute!!
I know it may sound like I'm over-exaggerating but once you know your undertones and make adjustments with your foundation colors, your life changes! Seriously, for the better! Nobody wants to walk around with a completely different color of foundation on. Now, you're probably thinking, but I've gone to MAC, Sephora, etc. to be color matched. Well, I've also been and all my foundations were completely off! Nobody knows your skin better than you do.
So if you'd like to learn more about these so called undertones...stick around!

What is an undertone? | It's the hint of color under your skin that helps make it unique. Although the surface color of your skin changes depending on tanning, acne, redness, etc. your undertone remains consistent.
What type of undertones are there? | There are warm, neutral, and cool tones.
What's the difference? | A warm skin tone has a natural yellow undertone, a cool skin tone has a blue undertone, and a neutral skin tone has a happy medium.
How do I find my undertone? | Let's make it simple, shall we?
Take the following test:
What type of jewelry do you look best in? Personal preferences aside.
Gold. All types. Silver
If you don't wear sunscreen, what happens?
Tan easily. Tan and burn. Burn easily.
What color are the veins inside your wrist?
More blue. Blue/green. More green.
If you answered--gold, tan easily, more blue--you have warm undertones.
If you answered--all types, tan and burn, blue/green--you have neutral undertones.
If you answered--silver, burn easily, more green--you have cool undertones.
Warm Undertones -- aka yellow, golden, or peach undertones. Your foundation should be yellow or peach based.
Cool Undertones -- aka pink, red, or blue undertones. Your foundation should be neutral or pink based.
Neutral Undertones -- have no obvious tones of golden or blue in their skin. People with this tone have the easiest time finding the perfect foundation.
Shopping for Foundation | Most foundations now a days come in a variety of colors and tones. Making it easier to find your perfect match. If possible try on the foundation, not on your wrist, but on your neck or cheek and make sure there is plenty of light.
Most foundation shades come with a C or W followed by the number or name of the color. C standing for cool and W standing for warm.
Choosing Makeup Colors | If you have warm undertones, you look best in gold, copper, bronze, and earth toned eyeshadows. Along with warm peach or coral blushes. Looking for your perfect red lippie, try an orange based red.
If you have cool undertones, you look best in silver, pink, magenta, any jewel tone eyeshadows. Along with a cool pink or rosy blushes. Looking for your perfect red lippie, try a blue based red.
If you have neutral undertones, you can pull of wearing EVERYTHING! Lucky you!!!
But of course rules were meant to be broken, so if you have a warm undertone and want to wear a cool pink blush, go for it!!! Just don't break the rules when it comes to your foundation shade.
So if you're still around and read this entire post, thank you!! I know some people just skim through some of them, I tried to cram in everything without making it too long.
Thanks for stopping by!

Have you found your skins undertone? 

Until next time!
xoxo, Lily
Daily Nuggets....
-Our Sophie had oral surgery last week, so we have to give her antibiotics, man is it hard! She knows if we put it in peanut butter and when we try to just shove it in her mouth--not hard--she spits it right out. She's so funny! 
-Urban Decay is having a Family and Friends online sale, EVERYTHING is 20% off!! 
-I was so close to ordering the Vice 2 palette when my mom said she was giving it to me for my birthday!! 

-The amount of times I had to type "undertone" was driving me nuts! 

Disclaimer: Picture is courtesy of Google Images. 

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  1. Fantastic post and such an expensive mistake so many of us make when testing foundations in store, only to see your skin in natural light look completely different! In the UK, neutral tones were extremely hard to find on the highstreet (drugstores) and it wasn't until I went to Clinique did I manage to find a neutral tone for me. I now use Estee Lauder and I'm too scared to try the high street ranges again! Thank you so much for writing this. - Laura IStylesbynature

    1. You are so right, I've had to give away a few foundations because they just did not match me at all. Thank you so much for reading!! xoxox

  2. This was such an amazing post! We have been talking for a few weeks now about how we feel like our foundations just aren't right for our skin tones! LOL. We have been matched too and feel like they were way off what we really need!

    1. Thank you!! It's a struggle finding one that matches you just right, I bought one the other day that looked like something that would match me, but geez it was wayyyy off!!

  3. This is such a great and informative post, thanks Lily! I really enjoyed reading it! :) Definitely going to consider this when I hit the beauty shops again xxx

  4. Very informative and beautiful written post- thanks for sharing! XOXO, Sissi

    1. Thanks Sissi, you're always so sweet!

  5. Great tips! The L'Oreal TrueMatch foundation line makes it so easy to find your perfect foundation match.

  6. This is such an awesome post! So many people have trouble with this. Fantastic tips!

  7. This is such an amazing post. I've never known exactly what undertones I have and I've never been able to find such precise info. Thanks so much for sharing Lily. You definitely helped me out a lot.

  8. Very helpful post!! My face is so red and acne filled it's hard to say which one I actually am underneath all that... although I've been using the same foundation for about 10 years now haha! I just use it to spot cover though :]
    Loved the informative post :D

  9. Love this post! It was so helpful. Thank you girl!

  10. What an amazing blog post! So informative and detailed - I loved reading it!

    I definitely have a warm undertone to my skin, can't really do cool-toned smokey eyes (just doesn't look right) plus any type of peach / coral shade suits my skin perfectly!

  11. I may just be a weirdo or totally confused or something...but I still am not sure which one I am lol! When it comes to jewelry I don't really wear it. I wear gold earrings (but only because they're the same ones I've been wearing since I was like 5) and my wedding ring is white gold. When I'm going out and switch out my jewelry I wear whichever based off of my outfit. I can't see my veins in my wrist so I'm not sure which color they are. And I don't really go in the sun so I'm not sure how I tan. I know I don't burn though. I'm just confused! Lol. It was a really good post though and very informative. Maybe I'll try it again once I've had some coffee! :)