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03


Warm vs Cool - Your Undertones

Your undertones help you know what colors to AVOID. There are many colors that both warm and cool individuals can wear but there are a few colors each type should avoid. That’s the goal in this chapter. It’s to help you understand what colors simply don’t suit you and detract from your natural beauty.


Some people say they are neutral, but I believe that even if you appear neutral you still lean towards warm or cool. It IS possible for a person to wear both sets of warm and cool colors, but typically they will look better in one set over the other.

There are a lot of colors in the color wheel, but not all of them will look great on you.

You’re going to likely favor one side of the color wheel over the other. Meaning, you have warm undertones or cool undertones. This may not be obvious to you, but in most cases, a person favors one side over the other. This does not mean you can’t wear colors from both sides of the color wheel, we’re trying to define which colors look BEST on you and which colors to AVOID, so we need a starting point.

Look at the colors below. On the left are cool colors and on the right are warm colors. These are colors that are distinct to those undertones.

Directly below are the cool and warm colors for someone who is BRIGHT.

Below, are the cool and warm colors for someone who is SOFT.

If you have warm undertones, you will be able to wear the warm colors but not look great in the cool colors shown. A person with warm undertones never looks good in magenta or blue-purples.

The same is true for cool undertones. A person with cool undertones will never look good in the warm colors shown above. You don’t have to love the colors shown here. These are here as a process of elimination. If you know you really don’t look good in the cool colors shown here, you may have warm undertones. And if you know you really can’t wear the warm colors shown here, you may have cool undertones.

Jen's Note: A person who has warm undertones that looks good in the warm colors shown above can still wear cool colors, just not the ones shown above. When you get to the chapter called Your Best Colors, you will see all the colors you can wear.

Another way I think about it is lip color. If you can wear a cool pink lipstick well, you likely have cool undertones. And if you can wear a tomato red or salmon lipstick well, you likely have warm undertones.


Warm Undertones

A person with warm undertones will have a golden quality to them. Golden in their hair, eyes and skin. If you are fair, your skin may have a yellow tint to it. The darker your skin, the more of a rich golden brown. If your skin has red, blue or pink to it, you may have cool undertones.

Your hair color can range from light golden blonde to deep warm brown.

Your eyes will have warmth. A warm mix of gold, green and blue. Golden yellow. Warm golden brown. Warm golden hazel. Blue-grey is commonly NOT an eye color a warm person would have.

Below is an image of eye colors that are typical of a person with warm undertones. Notice the golden quality to them.

Examples of Bright & WARM people


Examples of Soft & WARM people


Cool Undertones

A person with cool undertones has an absence of warmth. If you are fair, your skin may have a pink tint to it. You may have an olive skin tone. Many people confuse this with warmth, but it is actually a cool undertone. The darker your skin, the more it may look like a blue-black or red-brown. If your skin has gold or yellow to it, you may have warm undertones.

Your hair color can range from light ashy blonde to deep black brown. It may also be white, silver or salt and pepper.

Your eyes will have an absence of warmth. A cool mix of yellow, brown and blue. Blue. Blue-grey. Grey-green.

Below is an image of eye colors that are typical of a person with cool undertones. Notice the lack of warmth in their coloring.

Examples of Bright & COOL people


Examples of Soft & COOL people

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