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#1 merf

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Posted 27 March 2008 - 09:47 AM

I was reading a magazine and it had a "how to tell if you're cool or warm tone" section. I have reddish hair and green eyes, so I always assumed I was warm toned, but based on this test, I am cool. surprised.gif

I asked a beauty-know-it-all friend of mine, and she said I was cool. I've been wearing the wrong makeup my whole life! eusa_wall.gif

So I have two questions. First, how do YOU tell if you're cool or warm? Second, how do I go about selecting makeup for a fair/cool skin tone?


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Posted 27 March 2008 - 10:03 AM

Hi, i hope this website helps u. It says to "look at the underside of your arm. If your veins appear bluish you are cool toned, if they appear greenish you are warm toned". It also shows colors the different tones suit...

http://www.mineral-m...-Skin-Tone.html

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Posted 27 March 2008 - 10:05 AM

QUOTE (iLlievee @ Mar 27 2008, 12:03 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Hi, i hope this website helps u. It says to "look at the underside of your arm. If your veins appear bluish you are cool toned, if they appear greenish you are warm toned". It also shows colors the different tones suit...

http://www.mineral-m...-Skin-Tone.html


Son of a gun, I *am* cool. How about that? Thanks for the link!
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Posted 27 March 2008 - 10:25 AM

I dunno, I still think I must be warm or at least neutral, with green eyes and reddish hair. Time to visit the Clinique or MAC counter for some expert advice!
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Posted 27 March 2008 - 10:50 AM

surely 'warm' toned is olive skin? I would have thought you would be cool being a redhead.

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Posted 27 March 2008 - 10:53 AM

QUOTE (iLlievee @ Mar 27 2008, 11:03 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Hi, i hope this website helps u. It says to "look at the underside of your arm. If your veins appear bluish you are cool toned, if they appear greenish you are warm toned". It also shows colors the different tones suit...

http://www.mineral-m...-Skin-Tone.html


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Posted 27 March 2008 - 11:19 AM

here's my take on the whole vein thing...... i'm warm, but the veins on my wrist appear blue (the deeper ones are a bit more green tinted.) the veins at my elbows though are definitely green though. hope that helps!

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Posted 27 March 2008 - 07:06 PM

QUOTE (lu lu belle @ Mar 27 2008, 12:19 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
here's my take on the whole vein thing...... i'm warm, but the veins on my wrist appear blue (the deeper ones are a bit more green tinted.) the veins at my elbows though are definitely green though. hope that helps!


Yeah, if I look at the vein in the center where there is the least pigment, it's definately blue. But if i look at the other veins away from the center where there is more pigment, they are greenish. Teal maybe.

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Posted 27 March 2008 - 08:38 PM

the vein thing is tricky, even to me and im a makeup artist..you cant really go by that

my teacher in makeup school went around the room and held up a silver piece of cloth and a gold piece of cloth near each individuals face and deciphered whether we were cool or warm, i was the only neutral person in the room and i have olive skin so go figure

easy way to tell....if you look good in silver jewlery, your cool...if you look better in gold, your warm

also experiment...wear a baby blue shadow and if you can rock it your cool

try a gold and if you can pull that off your warm

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Posted 28 March 2008 - 08:32 AM

QUOTE (shibbyyy @ Mar 27 2008, 09:38 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
easy way to tell....if you look good in silver jewlery, your cool...if you look better in gold, your warm

also experiment...wear a baby blue shadow and if you can rock it your cool

try a gold and if you can pull that off your warm


Well, I am cool to neutral, look best in cool colors, but can absolutely not wear baby blue shadow. That looks hideous on me, in the words of a best friend.

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Posted 28 March 2008 - 09:55 AM

I feel like I'm more neutral..baa...I've never really been able to figure this out. I think browns and warm colors look pretty good on me..but than again...I think cooler colors look ok too. My veins are kind of a bluish green. haha. I have dark brown hair with hazel eyes. I have both silver and gold jewelery..and people say they both look fine. When it comes to clothes..I just think bold colors look best. Red, Hot pink, Brown, Black, Bright Blue..as opposed to pastels. I'm confused.
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Posted 31 March 2008 - 11:19 AM

QUOTE (shibbyyy @ Mar 27 2008, 08:38 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
the vein thing is tricky, even to me and im a makeup artist..you cant really go by that

my teacher in makeup school went around the room and held up a silver piece of cloth and a gold piece of cloth near each individuals face and deciphered whether we were cool or warm, i was the only neutral person in the room and i have olive skin so go figure

easy way to tell....if you look good in silver jewlery, your cool...if you look better in gold, your warm

also experiment...wear a baby blue shadow and if you can rock it your cool

try a gold and if you can pull that off your warm


I remember addressing this topic a couple of months ago or so and people got...kind of defensive about the gold/silver thing confused.gif . I, too, think this is a good starting point though. The silver cloth made me look sickly. So, gold looks better on me and, just for the record, I'm 99% percent sure I have olive skin even though I'm pale as frick! The vein thing doesn't seem very reliable, personally. Mine look blue but I know for a fact that even if I'm not an olive skintone, I definitely am within the warm tones. I think the best way to tell is by knowing what colors look best on you. I get a lot of "that color looks so nice on you!" when I wear burnt oranges and earthy greens which are warm colors.
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Posted 31 March 2008 - 11:23 AM

i like the gold/silver idea too. the vein thing always threw me off. anyway, i totally agree with going by what colors look best on you. that's how i figured it out. i found that more earthy, warm tones complimented my skin tone much better than cooler ones.