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Warm shortly after I started wearing foundation (which was maybe a year after I started wearing makeup). I’ve always really liked myself in warmer shades like golds, coppers, bronzes – so I was already naturally inclined to a lot of the supposedly flattering colors on me. But I will wear whatever I like, and sometimes a color may be more flattering than others. (I think I look best in natural makeup, but it doesn’t stop me from wearing something really bright!)

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It wasn’t until I really started getting into makeup (about two years ago) that I stumbled upon a video that described undertones and how they affect the look of makeup.  Considering my skin is practically transluscent at times, it took barely a second to figure it out using the vein method.  By nature, I tended to lean toward silvers and jewel tones in clothing, so I think I understood what worked on me on a subconscious level.  I’m still a sucker for gold jewelry, though, so I break the “rules” often enough.

I was always told I was a cool skin tone because I had such light skin. I didn’t think I looked pink, but I went for cool toned foundation since that is what I was told. I never could find a match because everything always looked so damn pink. I was then told that I was just soooooo pale that there wasn’t a foundation to match me. One day, I was just like, I am not f’n pink toned!!!! I was at MAC getting samples of HyperReal, and I decided to ask for a NC sample just to confirm my suspicion that I wasn’t pink toned at all. What do you know? I wasn’t pink, but indeed a yellow/golden/olive tone. AND…I’m not even soooooo pale. I’m on the darker spectrum of light. 
 
I *still* get SA’s trying to match me wrong.
 
I’m not so warm that I can’t pull off some cool shades, but my skin tone is definitely not pink, and warmer than neutral. I just had to change foundation tone more than any other kind of makeup I wore.

Yeah but MAC is somewhat backwards.  They’re the only company to call yellow, golden skin “cool” and pink, red tones “warm”.  So even though I’m NC42, I still have golden tones in my skin and look best in orange, brown, copper, etc.  That’s one thing I could never figure out with MAC…

I hate MAC’s system. Yes, yellow is warm. NC is warm. NC has yellow/golden. 
 
Their system confuses so many people.

I think this system even confuses the MUAs! At every MAC counter I go to they tell me I have a cool skin tone then match me to an NC! When I asked about the theory of colour neutralisation and an NC actually being a warm tone the response I got was ‘Oh well sometimes we do it like that but because you’re so pale then it doesn’t matter!’ I still don’t know what tone I am

@Phoenix – I swear, the exact same thing has happened to me with MAC.  They tell me I’m cool-toned, then ascribe me an NC colour. It’s happened *twice.* But on another occasion, a MUA told me I’m warm. Make up your mind, people! I swear, this is the most confusing subject — especially if you’re an Olive. Because then you have some people throwing “neutral” in addition to “warm” and “cool” at you. Gaahh!

Still having trouble deciding between cool and neutral here. I think I base it too much off of foundation colors; I lean towards warmer NC shades or neutral ones because I have a good amount of redness naturally. However my veining is quite blue to me so I suppose I am a proper NW. Ah I’m getting stressed just thinking about it haha! 

when i couldn’t find a pale foundation that matched me…they all were either orange or pinkish 🙁

my skin is very yellow undertoned(w/ some green too, lol), even if it;s not that apparent cause i’m pale

I’m cool-toned but I have the same taste as you, golds and bronzes and coppers! I realised I was cool when MAC decided I was NC haha. But also I knew the whole vein check, I have very blue-purple veins, hence I’m cool.
 

[email protected]’s are actually the warm tones. MAC has a horrible shade system because it confuses the hell out of people.

Being as pale as I am it had been an odyssey to try to find foundation that work for me. The fairest shades on the market where all pink tones that looked so wrong on me. I’ve always had a keen eye for cool had so i chose not to wear foundation for this reason. I didn’t find my shade until i hit up theatrical brand and saw Mehron’s Light Olive. That shade was still too dark on me but the hue was perfect as I found just warm yellow shades too orange as well. It wasn’t until 6 years ago when my friend introduced me to mineral make up that i got hooked in general and was able to find an blend a true match for me.

I’m cool-toned, more or less… But I still inspire debate the second I go to a different MUA/brand. (I suspect that this is because my local department stores where I usually hunt makeup down have no natural lighting. Thankfully we have Space.NK with NARS that has windows so I can get a more accurate reading.) My skintone is ridiculous; I get matches ranging from Illamasqua Skin Base shade 6.5 to 2-3. MAC are convinced I’m warm-toned and Guerlain tell me it’s a horrible idea. I actually keep a rough tally of every time I get told something different.
 
Wasn’t sure of this until I went to a Guerlain counter with a lovely MUA who matched me for the lingerie foundation (which I still need to get). But as for colours, I really don’t care too much. I think there’s always a way to make a colour work for you, even if the “rules” don’t say so.

To this day I’m not really sure, honestly. I think I’m a NW because golds look way better on me than silvers, but my natural coloring could go either way (gray-blue eyes, pink and yellow undertones, dirty blond hair), and I look good in a variety of hair colors.  I think as long as I don’t go too warm or too cool, it’s all good.

I first discovered my true colors from a Cover Girl supplement in Teen mag (this was the late 80s).  It outlined the basics such as whether you look best in gold or silver jewelry, have golden tones in your hair versus ash, etc.  When I found out that warm colors looked best on me, I was really disappointed.  I mean, what 14 year old wants to wear brown shadow and copper lipstick???  At the time I was all about the hot pinks and purples.  Finally, I experimented with a peach lipstick and a gold eyeshadow.  I saw my face looked brighter, less harsh.  I also received compliments from my friends.  You know when someone looks “different” or “more radiant” but you cannot place why?  That was what people were saying to me.  I am so adamant about wearing the right colors.  I hate to see a beautiful woman in the wrong colors.   To my eye, it clashes like wearing leopard spots with tartan.  I like some cool toned colors but I try and alter them to give them warmth like by using a yellow or brown base.  Or just using a warm version of a color like burgundy instead of violet or turquoise or teal instead of cobalt.  There are warm and cool variations of every color so if you hate the fact you’re warm or cool you can still make some colors more palpable to your natural tone.  

I read a blogpost written by a Finnish beauty blogger. I had been sure I was cool toned because my face looked pale and had coupe rosa all over. But she wrote that many people are mistaken because they look at only their face, and instead should look at the veins in their wrists, you know the drill. That was really an eye-opener. I think it was confirmed by the fact that I had this old MAC foundation which was labeled NC15 – I never really bothered to think about what those two letters meant, I was just trusting that it’s the right thing for me, which it of course was. Funny thing. 😀

Honestly, this issue confuses me to no end.  Based on the Vein Test (and going by genetics/background), I’m in that difficult olive zone in which neither warm nor cool really applies (or so I’ve read).  Based on MAC’s assessment, I’m cool-toned. Based on the Gold/Silver jewellery test, I could be both warm or cool, but probably warm.  So, who bloody knows?? Personally, I don’t think most golds, bronzes or browns (particularly taupe) suit me at ALL.  Same with any orange or brown-based blushes. I think cooler colours (like silver or grey eyeshadows, blue-toned purples, or cool-toned pink blushes) suit me much better.  Regardless, I’m not a fan of following rigid rules in ANY context, so I do what makes me feel pretty. At the end of the day, that’s what makeup is all about, right? 🙂 

I realized I was neutral after a frustrating few years of buying very warm and very cool palettes (and clothing) that looked like total crap on me. It’s still pretty hard to find shades that work, especially face products.. you’d think neutral means you can wear anything, but nope! You have to find colors with just the right balance of warm/cool, and foundation is practically impossible to find. Very annoying.

I believe I lean more toward a cool skin tone because cooler colors tend to just compliment me better. I realized this back when I was in high school and saw that certain colors I was buying were looking way “off” on me. Bronze/copper/honey type colors. But I don’t really care, if I feel like wearing something warm, I’ll just use a warmer foundation to help neutralize my natural undertones. I’m doing this a lot right now because I’m really loving peaches and tangerines for summer.

I always knew that I had a pinky, peaches and cream skintone with little yellow in it. However, I have always preferred coppers and golds on the eye. Even when I officially realized that I had a “cool” skintone, and tried the colors that would supposedly flatter me (cool taupes on the eyes, cool pinks elsewhere), I did not find these colors flattering. I still reach for coppers and peaches so much more often than anything else in my collection.

I think I made the connection shortly before starting to use makeup.  I looked at the clothing I owned and i realized that the vast majority of the colors I wore were pinks, yellows and reds.  I didn’t own anything that was blue or green, and only had one piece of purple clothing.  I realized that my favorite colors were the colors that looked the best on me.  I always gravitate towards warm colors, makeup nor not. 
 
Then, when I was starting out with makeup, I bought myself a palette of purple eyeshadows.  They looked terrible on me, and that just cemented that I was indeed warm-toned.

I noticed my undertone was neutral when I started to wear foundation too, but I noticed it more when I realized I could wear cool toned and warm toned colors on my eyes, lips, and cheeks. 

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