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Q: Any tips on how to figure out whether you have warm- or cool-toned skin? I have no idea which one I am. — Dani
A: Dani, I am sure many women wonder this very same thing. It's hard for me to know without seeing a picture of you. However, I find that 80 percent of people tend to have a warmer, yellow undertone.
When you look at your skin, does it tend to look more yellow/olive or more pink? An easy rule of thumb is if you can tan, then you probably have a warm skin tone; if you burn up as soon as the sun touches your skin, then you probably have a cool skin tone.
Examples of a warm skin tone would be Jessica Alba:
They vary in the darkness of their skin tone, but all have a warmer undertone.
Examples of a cool skin tone include Kate Winslet:
And Lupita Nyong'o:
There are some people who can be considered "neutral" because their skin, eyes and hair have a mix of warm and cool undertones.
Examples of a neutral include Jessica Biel:
And Kerry Washington:
Your skin tone will help dictate what kinds of colours work for you, so it's good to know what your undertones are before choosing eye or lip colours.
If you're still not sure, I would suggest going to a makeup counter and having someone assess your skin. They should also be able to recommend you products and colours that work with your specific undertones.
Sabrina Rinaldi is a Toronto- and Montreal-based hair and makeup artist.