How To Determine Your Skin Tone

Skin tone is important in order to find jewelry, cosmetics and clothing that complement your skin tone and look good on you.

There are many ways to determine your skin tone, but none are accurate, there is always room for interpretations.

And sometimes we end up with a balance of cool and warm tone which we can consider to be neutral.
If you end up with a neutral conclusion you can wear almost any color of jewelry and it will still look good on you.

Often skin tones are confused with color of the skin, white, black and all between. This does not have so much to do with the tone we are discussing here.

I will only mention one simple method for determining your skin tone. If you search for it on internet you will find many different ways to test your skin tone but, like I said before, there are very few absolutes concerning establishing the “correct” result.

Try this simple method, but be sure to try it under proper daylight conditions and not with any type of colored lighting:

Locate an area on your body where veins are visible, usually the wrist serves as a good reference point. Based on the color of your veins, your skin tone may fall into one of two categories, cool or warm.

Cool skin tones are identifiable by bluish colored veins. People with cooler skin tones may notice pinkish or rosy-red undertones when looking in the mirror. Eye color can range from light blue to dark brown and anywhere in between. Most people have cool skin, including people with dark skin and tan skin.

Warm skin tones are identifiable by greenish colored veins. People with warmer skin tones may notice yellow or golden-apricot undertones when looking in the mirror. Eye color can, again, be any color. People who’s natural hair color is red, orange, or strawberry blonde almost always have warm skin. Sometimes hair may be more brown, but it will have a reddish tint. People with darker skin are not usually warm-skinned.

Pick a metal and complementary color:


  • Cool skin tones favor metals such as silver, platinum, and white gold.
  • Warm skin tones favor metals such as gold, pewter, brass, and copper.

Complementary Colors:

  • Cool skin tones favor stones such as white pearls and diamonds. Stone color should focus on jewel tones such as pinks, purples, blues, reds, and magentas.
  • Warm skin tones favor stones such as coral or golden toned pearls. Stone color should focus on more earthy tones such as browns, oranges, greens, yellows, peaches, corals, and also turquoises.

See the color chart below for a general difference between warm and cool colors.

Usually people with cool skin tones look best in cool colors whereas those with warm skin tones look best in warm colors.

Skin Tone

Try any jewelry with any of these, or similar, colors and see what seems to suit you best. This will give you an additional understanding concerning your skin color.

These recommendations are not absolute, in the end you must try and determine yourself.

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