3 ways to identify your skin tone plus tips on how to best select clothes for your tone

3 ways to identify your skin tone plus tips on how to best select clothes for your tone

The right colour has the power to give your look an instant lift and is one of the most important aspects to consider when it comes to styling.

Black looks great on everyone, and some people have become so afraid, confused or uncertain about colour that their wardrobe is comprised of entirely black. That’s fine, but if you feel like a change or if you happen to love colour and are not sure which colours are best for you, this guide will help.

The first thing to know is your skin tone and from there it’s easy to select the colours that match your tone. 

There are three skin tones: warm, cool, and neutral – and this applies across all skin colours.

And there are three easy ways to figure out your tone, best done in natural light.        



1. Your vein colour

We’re going to talk about veins. If you turn your wrist over, you will see veins.  Using natural light, look at your veins and determine the predominant colour.  Don’t second guess, just look at your veins and decide the colour. 

Green veins = warm skin tone

Blue veins = cool skin tone

Purple veins = cool skin tone

Not sure = neutral skin tone

Orange veins = you’ve taken the carrot juice diet too far.

2. Mirror mirror

With a white piece of paper up to your face discern the tone of your skin. 

Yellowish = warm skin tone

Pinkish = cooler skin tone

Bluish = cooler skin tone

Grey = neutral skin tone

Not sure = neutral skin tone

Bronze = this test is best done without make up

3. Pieces of silver

This test involves placing pieces of gold and silver jewellery on your wrist. Decide which looks best on the top of side of your wrist.  Does one enhance your skin or does the other make your skin look grey?

If the gold jewellery looks best, you have a warm skin tone.

If the reflection from the silver makes your skin glow, you have a cool skin tone.

If they are both flattering, then you have a neutral skin tone.


By now you should know your skin tone.  You’re either a warm, cool or neutral.

Next, we’re going to match the best colours for your skin tone. 




Warm skin tone

  • Oranges, reds, golden yellow, amber, honey gold.
  • Warmer greens such as olive, deeper blues, deeper turquoise, green moss, fern, pesto, red-purples such as magenta
  • Taupe, hot chocolate, creamy whites, winter wheat, latte.

Colours that are tough for you

  • icy shades, jewelled tones (amethyst, sapphire, ruby).

Cool skin tone

  • Bright blue, royal blue, sapphire, emerald, amethyst, deep purples, lavender, lilac
  • Bright pink, cerise, ruby, bright rose
  • Grey, navy, pristine white.

Colours that are tough for you

  • Oranges and yellows.

Neutral skin tone

  • light peach, dusty pinks, soft rose, peony pink,
  • blush-toned pinks, placid blue, jade green, cameo green.
  • Taupes, greys, off-whites

Colours that are tough for you:

  • Anything too bright or vibrant
  • reds and yellows



The goal is to enhance your natural colouring, but if you love a colour that isn’t ‘flattering,’ go ahead, you can break the rules, just wear them as an accessory such as a belt, handbag shoes or an article of clothing that’s far away from your face, like a pant or skirt, so that it doesn’t compete with your complexion.

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