By now you know a quick way to figure out if your skin is warm, cool, or neutral is to look at your veins. Green suggests a warm skin tone, blue/purple implies cool, and if you can't tell means your skin tone is neutral and you can wear both warm and cool colors.
Vein color won't always tell the story. Just yesterday I helped a friend choose a few things for her upcoming new position. I could tell by looking that her skin is as warm as the sun, but out of curiosity I had to check her veins - they were completely neutral.
Another way to find where you fall in the spectrum is to use white and cream fabrics next to your face. You'll know in an instant which one looks better. If white looks better you are on the cool side, and cream means warm. (Keep in mind to wear whites that closely match the whiteness of your eyes and teeth. Going lighter will make them appear yellow or gray.)
Our skin tones change as we age. If your skin is/was extraordinarily warm when you were younger you will most likely stay on the warm side, just less intense. If you have always been cool you will stay cool. If you were moderately warm, chances are great you will end up in the neutral zone or over on the cool side. My skin tone was golden when I was younger but has now shifted closer to neutral territory.
- Cool or warm red?
- Cool or golden blonde?
- Rich warm chocolate or cool umber?
- Are you a salt and pepper gray or a platinum?
Is your eye color:
- Warm brown or hazel with gold flecks?
- Cool blue with gray?
- Cool, light green with blue?
- Cool dark brown with black?
Are your colors all warm? Keep both your colors and metals warm (gold, copper).
Cool? Cool colors and silver metals.
A mix of warm and cool? Mix it up! You might have warm skin with cool hair and eyes. Try warm colored clothing with silver jewelry, or cool shades with gold. Mix gold and silver metals.
Are you warm, cool, or both?
-J Kelley, Style & Beauty Blogger
Kelley Johnson, AICI CIC
Association of Image Consultants International Certified Image Consultant
Style and Beauty Blogger