What are the best beauty colors for cool skin tone

Find out what kind of colors most suitable for cool skin tone

By Rosemary Zenith
What are the best beauty colors for cool skin tone

What is cool skin tone

Let’s face it, all of us faced the dilemma of choosing the right shade of foundation or face powder for our skin tone because we were not sure which shade will perfectly suit our skin tone. Did you ever hear someone say, “Oh! You have a cool skin tone” or “Wow, your skin tone is perfect for a tan!” but did not understand why they said that?

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There are basically three types of skin color –

  • Cool (pink, red or bluish undertones)
  • Warm (yellow, peachy, or golden undertones)
  • Neutral (a combination of both warm and cool undertones)

If you have pale, whitish or bluish skin tone then you have a cool undertone. It is mainly visible in Europeans and North Asians due to the cold climate. 

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How to figure out skin tones

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Sometimes the surface color of your skin can vary with sun exposure, how it reacts to medicine, or specific medical circumstances, your skin tone is actually determined by the undertones that come through. Thus, we sometimes fail to understand which color foundation or powder actually suits us.

However, here is a quick and easy way to figure it out without any hassle! To figure out if you have a cool skin tone, try these simple tests:

1. Check your veins

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Look at the veins on the inside of your wrists. If your veins look more blue than green then you have cool undertones. However, if you have greenish veins then you are a warm skin type.

2. The jewelry assessment

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Try different clothes or jewellery of silver and golden colors. If you look more radiant and attractive in silver, then you have a cool undertone. If you look gorgeous in golden, then you have a warmer undertone.

3. White sheet test

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Use a sheet of white paper and place it right beside your skin. Now compare it with your skin tone. If your skin is more of a whitish tone, then you have a cool undertone. If your skin is more in the yellowish or brownish side then you have a warmer undertone.

4. Check your eyes and hair color

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If you are someone with cool undertone then most likely you have eyes that have blue, grey or greenish-blue color. As for hair, you will have blond, ash-blond, brown, or black hair with similar to silver, or ash undertones.

What color clothes to wear for people with cool skin tones

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Ever heard people say that blue is your color or how red really does not suit you well?

If you are a person with a cool undertone then you will look best in bluish and greenish-blue clothes. Bright white and black will suit you perfectly as well. If you really want to stand out and look your best then your wardrobe should definitely include bright blues, emeralds, and deep purples, along with cool shades of ice blue, lavender, or pink. If you want to keep some contrasting colors on the warm side, you can go for ruby, rosy red, or light yellows etc. For neutral shades, try colors like cool grey, white, and navy blue. It is better to avoid tomato red and deep yellows.

Cool skin tones - best colors for hair

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Ever tried coloring your hair bright blue or pink and witnessed it completely messed up your look? Maybe because the color you chose did not go with the skin tone you have. If you are someone with cool undertone then here are some colors that you can try applying:

1. Ash Blonde

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Ash blonde is a shade that looks gorgeous on cool undertones. You can try the shades like platinum, silver and champagne if you have cool skin tone. Celebrities like Taylor Swift, Gwen Stefani rocks these colors with their cool undertone.

2. Blonde

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Ladies with bluish cool undertones look amazing with blonde hair. Try the different shades of blondes like gold, caramel, amber, honey, or butterscotch to go a little warmer on your skin tone and bring a warmth to your skin. These colors will bring out the cool undertone of yours. You will see Jennifer Aniston, Cameron Diaz looking gorgeous in these shades any day.

3. Burgundy

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If you have reddish cool undertone then you should definitely try burgundy, auburn or cherry red for your hair. These warm colors will best with your contrast skin tone. The deep shades will make your skin color and eyes pop. Celebrities like Amy Adams, Julia Roberts, Christina Hendricks etc. rock these colors.

4. Warm Red

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Women with reddish cool undertone can try the warm red shades like strawberry blonde, amber, copper, or rust shades etc. to bring out the eye color of yours. The contrast of your eyes and hair will make your pale skin look radiant. Celebrities like Adele, Madonna, Emma Stone have the warm red tones.

5. Brown-Black

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It does not matter what skin type you are, dark-brown and black suits everyone. Your cool skin tone will pop out even more with a dark shade of hair like chestnut, cocoa, dark mocha etc. You can be the star of the party like Scarlett Johansson, Anne Hathaway, Emma Watson with these dark shades.

6. Non-traditional

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If you do not like the basic colors and want to go for something different then try the shades like pink, light yellow, a violet that will go well with your cool undertone. You can check out the looks of Katy Perry, Hilary Duff, Kelly Osbourne for color references.

The best foundation colors for cool skin tones

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Finding the best foundation for your skin tone can be challenging. The best way to determine your perfect shade is to apply it on your neck and see if it blends perfectly or not. Here are some brands that you can try: 

1. Covergirl truBlend Liquid Foundation Makeup

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Foundation Makeup :: truBLEND Liquid Makeup

With available 21 types of shades, you can choose from "Ivory" to "Soft Sable" for your cool undertone. It has medium to full coverage and can be purchased for $5.99 from local markets.

2. Anastasia Beverly Hills Stick Foundation

Cream Stick Foundation | 30 Shades - Anastasia Beverly Hills

This stick foundation can be found in 30 different shades starting from “Alabaster” to “Deep Skin with Red Undertones”. It is a full-coverage foundation plus moisturizer for everyday use. You can purchase it for $25 from any super shop.

3. Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation

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Pro Filt'r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation | Fenty Beauty

From “Very Fair” to “Very Deep”, this foundation has 40 shades available for you. It comes with a medium to full coverage and is perfect for regular makeup. Find it at ephora.com for $34.oo only.

4. Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Ultra Definition Liquid Foundation

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Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Ultra Definition Liquid Makeup - 0.5

This fully nourishing, sulfate-free foundation is available in 24 shades including shades from 0.5 to 12 (from fair to dark). This matte foundation can be found in makeup stores for $40.00 only.

5. Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Invisible Cover Foundation

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Ultra HD Foundation - Foundation – MAKE UP FOR EVER

It is a light-weight foundation with 40 available shades for various complexions. You can choose from "Alabaster" to "Dark Brown" for $43.00 from local makeup stores.

The most suitable lipstick colors for cool skin tones

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The best lipstick shades for cool skin tones are mainly bluish or purple-ish shades. You can go for colors like deep red, berry red, burgundy, maroon, pink or dark brown or beige. Always test the shades on your wrist to check if it looks good on your skin and then purchases the shades. Brands like Nars, MAC, Nyx, Chanel, Colourpop etc. have tons of shades for your cool undertone.


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We hope our quick and simple guideline to choose the right shades for your hair, foundation, and lipsticks for cool undertone were helpful for you. It is advisable to keep in mind the colors that suit you while going shopping but then again, you should not follow these guidelines by heart. You should experiment with colors and see what suits you the best, and more importantly what makes you happy.

As long as you feel confident in your own skin, nothing should stop you from experimenting with colors!