How to Find the Right Shade of Red For Your Skin Tone

How to find the right shade of red to suit your skin toneRed is one of the hottest colours of the season. It exudes strength and motivates us to take action.

Having said that, some women shy away from it as they struggle to find the right shade of red that would suit them. It’s not surprising as red comes in different hues like burgundy, scarlet or crimson.

With this in mind, I put together a short guide to help you choose the perfect shade of red to complement your skin tone. Hopefully some of you will find this article helpful and will feel more confident when shopping for red clothes. If the thought of sporting red from head to toe scares you a little, check out this post for tips how to inject some colour to your outfit.

How to find the right shade of red to suit your skin toneDetermine Your Undertone

Our skin has a cool (pink), warm (yellow) or neutral undertone. If you aren’t sure what your undertone is, you can determine it with one of these simple tests. It’s that easy!

Jewellery test

Think about what metal looks better against your skin. If gold jewellery makes your skin glow, you’re most likely to have a warm undertone. If you prefer the way silver jewellery looks on you, you’re probably cool-toned. If both silver and gold look good on you, you probably have a neutral undertone.

Veins test 

Look at the veins in your wrist. Blue veins indicate a cool undertone. If your veins appear to be green, then you have a warm undertone. If you can’t determine the exact colour of your veins, then your undertone is neutral.

White T-shirt or piece of paper test

Remove your make up and hold a white T-shirt or piece of paper under your chin. If you have a warm undertone, your face will appear to have a yellow tone to it.  However, if your skin undertone is cool, white colour will make your skin look a bit blue.

Find the right shade of red 

Warm undertone

If you’re warm-toned, you will look great in copper, poppy red, ruby, rust and scarlet.

Cool undertone

If you have a cool undertone, you should opt for auburn, burgundy, crimson, berry and maroon.

Neutral undertone

People who have a neutral undertone look good in pretty much all shades of red. Aren’t they lucky?