The three main categories for skin tones are Light, Medium and Deep. These are then further subdivided into undertones – Cool, Neutral and Warm, which are a key factor in finding the right shade for your hair.
If you’re not sure what your skin undertones are, it’s very easy to do yourself. First, take a look at the veins on the underside of your wrist. If they look greenish, then you’re likely to have warm skin undertones. People with blue or purplish-looking veins usually have cooler skin undertones. Neutral skin undertones can make your veins appear colourless or a combination of greens and blues.
Next, think about the kind of jewellery you prefer to wear. Warmer skin tones tend to gravitate towards traditional yellow gold jewellery, because they like the way it looks against their skin, just as cooler skin tones will wear silver and platinum. If you tend to look good in both silver and gold, then you may have neutral skin undertones.
If your skin appears more ashen or grey, then you could have a natural olive skin tone. This isn’t as common as warm, cool, or neutral skin tones, but is instead a combination of undertones. Olive skin has both natural and warm undertones along with green, an undertone that is considered unique to olive skin only. What hair colours suit olive skin tone? If you have olive skin, then you might find that certain hair colours in all three undertones suit your skin.
You may be asking 'do I suit cool or warm hair?'. Read on below for our handy guide...
How to find the right hair colour for your skin tone