In the land of cosmetics, there are two major undertones: cool and warm. Cool undertones highlight blue, purple and pink hues; warm toned make up include orange, yellow and brown.
If you have warm undertones, then your skin is generally yellow or olive. You can wear just about any color and not look washed out or pale.
Your best bets for eye makeup are browns and reds. You can also do a bold dark purple with a light pink lid and a brown crease, or go for a light blue with a soft pink lid and warm brown crease.
The best lip colors for you are reds, pinks, oranges, or purples (like mauve).
You should wear warm shades of eyeshadow that match your skin tone, like golds or bronzes.
Makeup for warm undertones
When it comes to applying makeup that flatters your complexion, one of the best things you can do is use your skin tone and undertone as a guide. For example, if you have a warm skin tone — instead of slapping on any color you’re drawn to — finding eyeshadow and lipstick colors that complement warm skin undertones can make a big difference. Lucky for you, that’s exactly what we’re focusing on today. Keep reading to learn how to pick the best makeup for warm skin tones and warm undertones, and how to determine if you have a warm skin tone in the first place.
How to Determine if You Have a Warm Skin Tone
Before we get to actually applying makeup for warm skin tones, let’s make sure you know what your skin undertones are. Someone who has a warm skin tone would have golden or yellow undertones.
To see if you have a warm skin tone, take a peek at your wrists. If your veins appear on the green side, then you have a warm undertone. You can also sometimes tell if you have a warm undertone if gold jewelry looks better on you than silver. Those with warm skin tones might notice hints of peach or gold in their skin as well.
5 Makeup Tips for Warm Skin Tones
Now, it’s time for what exactly you’ve been looking for. Follow these makeup tips for warm undertones to create a face-flattering makeup look.
1. Choose the Right Foundation
A gorgeous makeup look starts with a flawless base — meaning it’s important to pick a foundation with warm undertones. Ideally, your perfect foundation pick will have a yellow undertone as opposed to a pink one.
Fortunately, you don’t have to make an uneducated guess when it comes to shopping for one. The L’Oréal Paris True Match Super Blendable Makeup comes in multiple shades to match varying undertones, with 15 options for warm skin tones. Its ultra-hydrating, medium coverage formula is blendable for a finish that looks just like skin.
2. Use Bronze and Gold Eyeshadows
All that glitters is gold — literally — when it comes to your eye makeup. If you have a warm skin tone, stick to warm eyeshadow shades, like gold, or rust. Try the L’Oréal Paris Brilliant Eyes Shimmer Liquid Eye Shadow Makeup in Bronze Light or L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Monos Eyeshadow in Matte Chill, which are perfect bronzy shades to complement your undertone. If you’d prefer a palette that has a variety of warm shades, we recommend the L’Oréal Paris Paradise Enchanted Scented Eyeshadow Palette. This palette includes everything from rosy to nude tones in pearlescent and matte finishes, so you’ll have a shade to match any look.
3. Rock a Purple Shade on Your Lips
You might have noticed a theme with these makeup tips — warm shades will look best on warm skin tones. And that’s certainly the case when it comes to lipstick colors for warm skin tones. Look for a warm lipstick in a purple shade for a pretty pop of color. Try the L’Oréal Paris Glow Paradise Balm-in-Lipstick with Pomegranate Extract in Ecstatic Mulberry or the L’Oréal Paris Infallible 8 Hour Pro Lip Gloss, hydrating finish in Undeniable Mauve for a berry shade that will best flatter your complexion.
4. Shine Bright With Highlighter
Create a glowing complexion by applying a little warm highlighter to your face. For a lit-from- within glow, apply the L’Oréal Paris True Match Lumi Glotion Natural Glow Enhancer under your foundation. If you want a more intense highlight, squeeze a couple of drops of the L’Oréal Paris True Match Lumi Glow Amour Glow Boosting Drops in Golden Hour onto your cheekbones and then blend with your fingertips.
5. Blush It Up
Blush has the ability to perk up any complexion — so you don’t want to skip out on using it. Look for shades on the warm side, like the L’Oréal Paris Age Perfect Radiant Satin Blush with Camellia Oil in Amber or Rosewood. Swirl a fluffy makeup brush into the blush and apply it to the apples of your cheeks for a natural-looking flush.