Understanding about skin tone is important for all cosmetic purposes and tanning is no exception.
The skin’s undertone is the warm, cool, or neutral hue that shows through the surface colour of skin. Although the surface colour of skin changes depending on sun exposure and other skin conditions, the skin’s undertone remains consistent.
The Fitzpatrick scale was created to determine your skins susceptibility to UV rays and is broken down into 6 skin types. However it does not relate to the skins undertone which never changes.
Knowing whether your undertone is warm, cool or neutral will assist in making sure your tan matches your skin to achieve the best possible result.
There are several ways to determine your skin tone, but here is a quick method to keep in mind:
The Quick Test
Look at the colour of the veins on the inside of your wrist. This is a quick way to determine your undertones Make sure you are examining your wrists in natural light, either standing near a window or outdoors, and that your skin is clean and free of product.
Your underlying skin colour will always relate to one of these skin tones.
Cool Skin Tone –
If your veins appear blue or purple, you have a cool skin tone
Warm Skin Tone –
If your veins appear green, you have a warm skin tone.
Neutral Skin Tone –
If you can’t tell whether your veins are green or blue, you most likely fall into the neutral skin tone category. Clients with a neutral skin tone have a wide variety of choice.
Should you be lucky enough to have an olive complexion you most likely fall into this category.
If you fit within this range you have a wide variety of choice as your skin tone allows for a wide variety of choice.
If you have an olive complexion, you most likely fall into the neutral category.
Part 2: Understanding Skin Types