The question, "Am I warm or cool?" is probably one of the most frequently asked questions by women when it comes to makeup and wardrobe.
Over the years, there's been many myths about how to answer this question, such as looking at the color of the veins on the underside of your forearm. However, there's a reason why a 'myth' is called a 'myth', right?
The best way to determine if you are Warm or Cool is by looking at the colors: Gold and Silver. No two colors tell which category you fall in better than these.
Pick up a fabric swatch of each color and lay them side by side in NATURAL DAY LIGHT. Don't use incandescent or fluorescent lighting because they change the color of your true skin tone and will render this color test inaccurate.
Remove all jewelry from your hands and place one hand on the gold fabric swatch and the other hand on the silver fabric swatch. One hand will look pasty and the other will look healthy and bright. If your hand on the silver swatch looks best, you are cool. If the hand on the gold swatch looks best, you are warm.
Please note that this DOES NOT mean that if you're cool, you can never wear warm tones and vice versa. It simply means that in order to pull off warm tones (or cool tones) successfully (without looking pasty & sallow), you'll have to work a little harder with color coordinating and mix up the colors a bit.
Here are a few color palettes that show how you can mix warm and cool colors together for a beautiful, color coordinated look.
If you're predominantly WARM, consider this palette:
EYES: Left to Right- Gold Finger (highlight), Teddy Bear (midtone), Chilled Grapes (accent)
Cheeks: Faded Silk (light/medium skin tones) or Melon Sorbet (all skin tones)
LIPS: Dragon Fruit (cool) or Twisted Papaya (warm)
If you're predominantly COOL, consider this color palette:
EYES: Left to Right- Birthday Suit (highlight), Bronze Medal (midtone), Canyon Rock (accent)
CHEEKS: Dusty Rose (light/medium skin tones) or Mocha Spice (medium/deep skin tones)
LIPS: Raspberry Smash (cool) or Naked Kiss (warm/neutral)