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The Ultimate Guide to Discovering Your Skin Tone and Undertone for Perfect Beauty Harmony




If you have spent hours to find the perfect shade of foundation which matches your skin tone or have been through times when mixing different shades was your only saviour, trust us. We have found a solution for you to land on the right shade for your skin tone without much hassle. The key to using the right foundation shade to achieve a seamless finish is to know your skin tone and skin undertone. 

To make your work easier and save a good deal of money by buying the correct shade, unlike wasting a few bucks on the wrong shade and diving deep in regret, keep reading as we mentor you to know your skin tone and skin undertone before buying your favourite foundation. At last, who wants to see their money wasted on a product which doesn’t suit our needs?




By trying some easy methods, you can know your skin better and make the right choices while styling jewellery, using the correct foundation shade or picking the right colour for your outfit.




Skin tone is the colour of your skin determined by the amount of melanin in the body. Skin tones can vary from white to brown depending on genetic design and other factors like exposure to the sun. While dark skin tone due to genetic framework is irreversible, you can still try to lighten dark skin tone by using sunscreen cream or SPF-enriched body lotion. Here are some common skin tone types- 

  • Fair Skin Tone 

  • A fair skin tone has a light appearance of skin colour due to the least amount of melanin in the skin. Fair skin tone varies from light to pale white and is prone to sunburns. This skin tone experiences the least amount of sun tan.

  • Light Skin Tone 

  • Next on the skin tone palette is a light skin tone. It has a low level of melanin. People with this type of skin colour experience sunburns easily and get a mild tan. At first glance, it might be hard to differentiate between a fair and a light skin tone as both have a minor colour difference.

  • Medium Skin Tone 

  • Medium skin tone radiates warmth as this skin colour falls on the darker side of the palette. Marked by considerable amounts of melanin, people with medium skin tone hardly experience sunburns but are easy prey for sun tan. Medium skin tone varies from medium white, and olive to brown shades.

  • Dark Skin Tone 

  • Marked by high amounts of melanin, a dark skin tone has a rich, deep colour ranging from brown, dark brown and black. People with dark skin tones get tan easily, but hardly experience sunburns. 

    To have a better grasp of your skin tone, you can try the following tests-

  • -> SUN TAN TEST 

  • Spend some time in the sun and see how your skin responds. If the skin doesn’t tan but feels burned, you probably have a fair skin tone. If the skin gets a mild tan with sunburns, you have a medium skin tone. If your skin doesn’t feel burned but gets easily tanned, you might have a medium skin tone. Lastly, if the skin gets tanned when exposed to the sun for long hours but never gets burned, you have a dark skin tone.


  • Another way to know your skin colour is by using a scale depicting skin tones. Use this scale to determine your skin tone as fair, light, medium or dark.




    To understand your skin tone better, you have to know your undertone. It is a colour lying under the skin and makes the skin’s appearance distinctive. Skin undertones do not change, unlike the skin tone, which can change over time by using sunscreen creams to remove tan.

  • Warm Undertone 

  • Warm undertones have gold, peach or yellow hues.

  • Cool Undertone 

  • Cool undertones have red, blue or pink hues.

  • Neutral Undertone 

  • A neutral undertone has a combination of warm and cool hues.

    Undertones play a significant role in skin analysis and require extra effort to know your undertone. Try any of the following tests and know your undertone.


  • Step out in the sun and observe how your skin reacts to sunlight. If you feel your skin burning or getting tan easily, you might have a warm undertone and if you feel tanned with no burning sensation, you have a cool undertone.


  • Stand in a naturally light spot and look at the colour of your veins to know your undertone. If your veins look blueish, you might have a cool undertone. If they look greenish, your undertone is warm. If they appear blue-green, you have a neutral undertone.


  • A fun way to discover your undertone is by trying different jewellery. Gold jewellery is suitable for warm undertones. Silver jewellery looks better on the skin with a cool undertone. If you can glow with both, you probably have a neutral undertone.

    Now that you know all about your skin tone and undertone, don’t be afraid to pull off your favourite accessories and flaunt that perfect skin with the right shade of foundation.