Nail Polish for Warm and Cool Skin Tones


Hey guys, yesterday, we looked at which colours would suit your skin tone, but as with practically everything in life, not everyone will fit neatly into the three main categories that we mentioned. That’s why today, we’ve decided to take another look at skin tones, this time focusing on cool and warm skin tones.

According to something that I read recently about how to cure cystic acne, around 50% of women think they know what their skin tone is, but really they don’t. I for one, thought I had my skin tone sussed. I have always had a very “rosy” complexion, with red cheeks, chin and forehead, and this has always brought me to the conclusion that I have a warm skin tone. However, recently, whilst trying to find the best shade of foundation, I decided to find out for certain what my skin tone is, and I have to say, that I couldn’t believe that I was actually cool. This would explain why foundations never suited me….I was buying for the wrong skin tone.

There are a couple of things you can do, to find out for sure, which skin tone you have:

Look at the colour of your veins:

  • Green Veins = Warm Skin Tone
  • Blue Veins = Cool Skin Tone
  • Now look at which colour of jewellery suits you best:
  • Gold Jewellery = Warm Skin Tone
  • Silver Jewellery = Cool Skin Tone

Now that you know how to prevent cystic acne, it’s important to choose the right shades of foundations, eye shadow colours, and nail polishes that will look great on you, and will make sure that your skin look naturally radiant and healthy, rather than looking dull and/or washed out.

Warm Skin Tones – Warm skin tones, like that of ex-S Club 7 singer Rachel Stevens, have an undertone of yellow to them, so any shade with yellow undertones will look fab. The best way to find out if a polish has yellow undertones is by either placing the bottle in front of your own wrist, or a white piece of paper.

Peachy colours, browns and oranges will also look great on anyone with a warm complexion. This is because these are all warm, earthy colours, so will really complement the colour of your skin.

Pink and purple shades, however, along with reds with traces of pink should be avoided.

This chart below, will show you which colours suit warm skin tones best:

Cool Skin Tones – People, like Lost in Translation star Scarlett Johanssen, have pink (or red)undertones to their cool skin tone. However, having cool undertones is not solely linked to pale skin. Dark complexions typically usually have cool skin too.

The pink undertones, mean that pink shades of polish will look gorgeous on you.

As a rule, natural remedies for cystic acne generally look best, with post lighter shades of pink, purples, blues, greens etc working nicely with your skin tone. Yellows and peach shades however, should be avoided at all costs.

To help you find out which shades will suit your complexion the best, the chart below features shades that look great on cool skin tones:

So, whichever skin tone you have, you now have no excuse not to know which shades of nail polish will look spectacular on you. This means no more comments of “You look ill, are you okay?” So, go on, go and enjoy those nails!

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