5 Tips For Figuring Out Your Undertone And Finding Your Ultimate Foundation Match


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Knowing your undertone is essential to finding a foundation that will look as gorgeous on you as your natural skin does. Using the wrong shade or the wrong undertone will not only result in your face looking a different color to the rest of your body, but it will also just look super unflattering.

Finding your flawless foundation match is about getting two things right: knowing your skin tone – are you fair, light, medium, tan or rich – and determining your undertone; there are three main undertones to choose from! The latter seems like it would be a mission to figure out, but it’s actually easy when you ask yourself the right questions.


Honestly, even half of the HB HQ didn’t know their undertone, but we’ve put all our tips to the test and figured out the undertones of everyone in the office (essential for our #FauxFilter Foundation). Whether you’re rich, fair or medium you can have any of the following three undertones:

Warm: Also referred to as golden, peachy, olive (green), and yellow

Cool: Your undertone looks blue, red or pink

Neutral: You have both warm and cool undertones

How to Figure Out Your Undertone:

Decode Your Veins

It’s not as weird as it sounds! Look at the veins on your wrists, do they have a blue or a green tinge? Although your veins are blue, if you have a warm skin tone, the yellowy-golden tint of your skin will give the blue veins the appearance of having a green tinge – like looking at blue through a yellow filter. If you’re cool-toned, your veins will look bluer. If you have a neutral skin tone, then you might see both green and blue, or the difference will be indistinguishable.

Use What Your Mamma Gave You

Your natural hair and eye colors are a key indicator of your skin tone:
Cool tones:
Hair: Brown, black or blond
Eyes: Blue, grey, or green

Warm tones:
Hair: Red, brown, black or strawberry blonde
Eyes: Brown, hazel, amber

Try on Jewelry

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Do you have a penchant for gold or silver jewelry? If you’re obsessed with all things gold, chances are it suits your skin tone better, and that’s why you have so much of it! Gold jewelry typically suits warm-toned complexions while silver is more complementary for cooler skin tones. Look at your jewelry, which metal makes your skin look more gorgeous? If gold brings out your glow you’re warm, if silver makes your skin look more alive, your skin is cool-toned. If your skin looks great in both and you can’t notice a major difference, you’re probably neutral.

How Do You Tan?

Are you one of those people that turns into a lobster every time you attempt to tan or do you turn golden in minutes? If you’re in the tan quickly category, you’re warm-toned, but if you’re more likely to burn, or burn then tan, you’re usually cool-toned or neutral. If you tan slowly but don’t often burn, you’re likely to be neutral.

What’s Your Fave Lipstick?

Do you always get compliments when you’re wearing a particular shade? That’s probably because it tones perfectly with your complexion.

Cool tones: Avoid yellow undertones, and steer away from orange tinges to your red lipstick. Reds with a blue undertone, berry hues, and rosy pink lipsticks will look best on you.

Warm tones: If you love coral lipstick, chances are you have a warm undertone. Peachy pink shades, orange-toned reds, and rosy nude shades will complement your skin tone best.

If you find you have no clear warm or cool outcome, this means your skin tone is neutral.

Now find your Huda Beauty #FauxFilter Foundation shade:

Huda Beauty #FauxFilter Foundation cool tones: B – Beige, has blue tones. R – red, has red undertones.

Huda Beauty #FauxFilter Foundation warm tones: G – Golden, has yellow undertones.

Huda Beauty #FauxFilter Foundation neutral tones: N – Neutral.


Check out our Ultimate #FauxFilter brand shade comparison guide here, to see how the shades compare with your fave foundation.

Find out more about #FauxFilter Luminous Matte Foundation here.