Skin Undertones Chart: A Makeup Cheat Sheet (Infographic)

Ever wonder how some women can pull off that come-hither look so effortlessly, yet you’re always fumbling in the dark?

Which pair of earrings should you wear? How will you make your eyes pop? Should you stick to a French manicure? What about foundation, concealer, and blush?

Introducing the Skin Undertones Chart

We developed this infographic with you in mind, taking out the guesswork so you can strut your stuff with confidence (and in style).

On this skin undertones chart, you’ll find a complete breakdown of each category (cool, warm, and neutral undertones) with helpful suggestions and takeaway tips designed to bring out your natural beauty. For more detailed information, see our guide on skin undertones.

Now, these suggestions are just that – suggestions. By no means are they set in stone. Instead, use this skin undertones chart as a starting point to supplement your morning prep routine (click the image to enlarge).

Skin undertones chart infographic

There’s a lot of advice here. Feel free to explore and experiment with different color combinations – because that’s the only sure-fire way to discover what works for your unique complexion.

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What Color Combinations Look Best on You?

Do you prefer silver or gold jewelry? Color-rich lipstick shades or subtle pink? Do you consider your skin undertones before purchasing a new foundation?

Tell us in the comment section below!

Author: Christina Crowe

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  1. I’m neutral tone, color rich lipstick n both siver n gold jewelry.

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    • That’s awesome Elaine! I love L’Oreal’s Colour Riche lipsticks. The shades I have can look slightly drying though, so I like to mix them with gloss or more moisturizing lip colors. I’m planning a review soon!

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  2. My olive skin is, I guess, neutrl. I’m Asian/Greek/Danish. My hair is bleached white blonde, my childhood color.I have green eyes with flecks of gold and slate blue, and I have NO idea what colors are flattering for me. Help?

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    • Hi Cooper, I’m happy to help! It can be tricky to find flattering colors for olive skin – particularly if you have light eyes and hair, since many colors can look too harsh.

      Most neutral palettes should look good on you though (like the Lorac Pro Eyeshadow Palette, Too Faced’s original Chocolate Bar Palette, or the Urban Decay Naked Palette). Purple or plum shadows can also make your green eyes pop, and a warm taupe can help bring out the gold flecks in your irises. But whenever in doubt, definitely try neutral colors. Both the Too Faced Chocolate Bar and Lorac Pro Palettes include pretty purple shades that should look flattering.

      Soft black or brown eyeliner can look less harsh on golden green eyes as well. And since you have blond hair, you might want to use mascara and an eyebrow pencil to help your lashes and brows stand out (I’d opt for a light brown brow pencil).

      As for lip color, lipstick with brown undertones often look good on olive skin. Pink and red lipsticks can also complement your white blond hair and give your eyes just the right amount of contrast when paired with neutral shadow.

      I hope these suggestions help! Let me know if you have any other questions.

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