The first step when determining what to wear based on your skin tone is finding out what your skin’s undertone is. There are many different skin tones but when it comes to undertones there are warm and cool. Skin with a warm undertone has a yellowish or orange tint, whereas, cool skin has a bluish or pink tint to it.
The vein test and jewelry test are two good ways to find out what your skin’s undertones are. When using the vein test, you look at the veins that are on your palm or wrist. If your skin has warm undertones then the veins will be greenish looking, and if you have cool undertones, then your veins will be a blue or purple color.
For the jewelry test, you need natural light (sunlight) and two bracelets, one gold and one silver. Put one bracelet on each wrist. Then determine which looks best and enhances your skin complexion. If it is the gold bracelet, then your skin’s undertones are warm. If it is the silver bracelet, then your skin’s undertones are cool.
Once you have found out whether you have warm or cool skin undertones, you can work on learning how to tell if a color is warm or cool. Warm colors tend to have a yellow tint and cool colors tend to have a blue tint as a rule of thumb. Some warm colors include reds, oranges, yellows, and yellow-greens. Some cool colors include greens, blues, and purples.
You need to keep in mind that your skin shade is still important when picking colors for your clothing as well. If the colors contrast in brightness with your skin then they tend to be more flattering. If you have dark skin, saturated oranges and yellows are great colors, even if you happen to have cool undertones. Bolder, jewel tone colors such as emerald, ruby, and sapphire tend to be flattering for pale skin regardless of your skin’s undertones.
The right color for you should make your eyes appear brighter and your skin look healthier. If it makes you look sallow then it should be avoided. Asking someone else for their opinion can be helpful if you are unsure. You should also incorporate one or two neutral colored objects into your outfit, and you should have one main color that flatters your skin. You can also choose an accent color as long as it does not overthrow your main color. If you try to blend too many colors, it can make your outfit look really busy. Your accent objects should be the opposite color of your skin tone color to draw more attention. An example of this would be wearing an orange tie with a navy suit.
It is also important to remember to think about what you want the colors you are wearing to convey. Earthy tones and warmer colors can give off an approachable, friendly look. Darker and more monochromatic colors can give the illusion of power and sternness. Pale and muted colors can help if you prefer to not be noticed so much. Brighter and bolder colors such as purple can really draw attention and also make you look more creative. Also, the color black looks good on everyone, but it can make your skin look pale.
The best way to find out what works for you personally is through trying things on and practicing coordinating your outfits.