Find Your Best Color

Have you ever tried on a blouse or a shade of lipstick that makes your skin, eyes, and face come alive, only to try another one that’s almost exactly the same shade but makes you look tired, washed-out, and just generally off? The first one probably matched your skin’s surface tone and undertone perfectly, while the second shade may have a totally wrong undertone.

What’s that? You kinda understand, but don’t really know the difference between surface tone and undertone? Join the club. When it comes to fashion and beauty, there are few buzzwords as prevalent as “cool undertones” and “warm undertones” In fact, we’re always hearing that identifying which category we fall into is integral to our overall attractiveness, but finding out where we fall is still shrouded in confusion.

The first step in grasping the concept? Understanding that our skin’s surface tone is the color you’d describe yourself as having (ivory, light, medium, tan, dark, etc.) Your skin’s undertone is the color underneath the surface. You can have the same skin color as someone, but a different undertone, which are broken down like this:

Cool (pink, red or bluish undertones)
Warm (yellow, peachy, golden undertones)
Neutral (a mix of warm and cool undertones)

One big misconcpeton: That pale girls can’t be warm-toned. In fact, many fair-skinned women have warm undertones (Nicole Kidman is one of them!) and dark-skinned women have cool tones (supermodel Alek Wek is a cool tone.)

So, how can you determine which category you fall into? Read on!

1. Check Your Veins
Push your sleeves up right now and look at the veins on the inside of your wrist. Are they blue or green? If they look more blue, you likely have cool undertones. If the veins look greenish, you’re warm. It’s worth noting, warm girls, that you’re veins aren’t actually green—they look it because you’re seeing them through yellow-toned skin (yellow + blue = green.)

2. The Good Old Jewelry Trick.
Think about whether you look better in silver or gold jewelry (Not which you like more, but which actually makes you look more radiant, glowing, and awake.) Typically, girls with cool undertones look better in silver and platinum metals, and warm-toned women look better in gold.

3. The Neutral Test.
Think about what neutral shades flatter you best. Does your skin, eyes, and face look better in bright white and black hues, or ivory, off-whites, and brown/tan shades? The former means you’re probably cool-toned, and the latter, warm.

4. Eye and Hair Color.
Your natural eye and hair colors can help figure out your coloring. Customarily, cool people have eyes that are blue, gray, or green and have blond, brown, or black hair with blue, silver, violet and ash undertones. Conversely, warm-toned women usually have brown, amber, or hazel eyes with strawberry blond, red, brown, or black hair. Their hair tends to have gold, red, orange, or yellow undertones.

5. The Sun’s Effects.
When you’re out in the sun, does your skin turn a golden-brown, or does it burn and turn pink first? If you fit into the former category, you’re warm-toned, while cool tones tend to burn (fair-skinned cool girls will simply burn, while medium-skinned cool-toned girls will burn then tan.)

6. Identify with a Celeb.
A few celebs who have cool undertones: January Jones, Scarlett Johansson, Anne Hathaway, Lucy Liu, Cameron Diaz, Cara Delevingne.
A celebs who have warm undertones: Jennifer Lopez, Nicole Kidman, Jessica Alba, Rachel Bilson, Jennifer Aniston, Beyoncé.

7. Find Which Colors Look Best on You
There’s no denying that certain colors will make you look better regardless of your skin’s undertone. Warm-toned girls should lean toward yellows, oranges, browns, yellow-greens, ivory’s, and warm reds, while cool-toned girls should wear blues, greens, pinks, purples, blue-greens, magentas, and true “blue-based” reds.



Step 1

Use fingers to dab cream foundation that’s one shade lighter than your skin tone on the center of your forehead and chin, down the bridge of nose, and on cheekbones. Apply a base that’s two shades darker below the cheekbones and jawline, along the sides of the nose, and at the temples.



Step 2

Warm hands by rubbing them together, then press palms against skin to blend foundation. Set with loose powder.


Step 3

Finish with pink powder blush on apples of cheeks and liquid highlighter at the top of cheekbones.


Possibly my most favorite brunette color up to date! So many highlights but they don’t look too streaky. They’re nice and thin so they don’t end up looking too stripey like some other highlights I’ve seen.

Sunkissed Brunette


I love the look of this dress! It cinches in the waist while still giving you some fullness in the skirt which makes it look super feminine, love it!
Deep Cut Sleeveless Mini Dress in Oxblood



Greek Goddess

Is it sad that I would totally wear this as a wedding gown?
Close up the cleavage a bit and bam! Perfect tropical wedding gown, I love it!
Sexy but very soft, dainty and flowy all at the same time!


A Blowout Minus the Blowout!

Easy way to go from simple straight hair to a fabulous blowout in 5 minutes!



I’m on a nail kick today but can you blame me? This color is so perfect. It has the most amazing blend of all the colors that make Fall so beautiful!

This is Sally Hansen’s Nail Prisms in Ruby Amber

Fall in a Bottle!


Tomboyish- Nail Polish That Changes Color!

This is the coolest stuff I’ve seen in a long time! This nail polish changes color depending on how hot or cold your surroundings are. You can get it from and while you’re there you can check out this rest of the color changing polishes they have…so cool!



Fabulous, rich brunette color that is loaded with tiny highlights! Makes the hair look so multi-dimensional! Love, love it!

Could you see yourself wearing this color?

Brunette but Better!


Steam shower! These seemed to get very ugly and the smell faded very quick between showers. So instead of putting these in your shower, hang them on hooks right next to the shower, both the herb and the smell seem to stick around longer. Plus the herbs look so pretty hanging in the bathroom!