You can basically be a textbook for all things beauty-related—the best mascara, the trendiest nail polish shades, the best shampoo for dry, damaged hair, how to nail an at-home mani…you name it—and still have no idea what someone means when someone asks you what your skin’s undertone is.
Why would anyone want to know this? “Knowing your skin undertone may help you choose foundation or color palettes that best suit and complement your hue,” says Marlena Orlowska, professional makeup artist for Paul Labrecque Salon and Skincare Spa. It doesn’t just guide you in the right direction, though. Knowing your skin’s undertone can actually make you look better, too. “It’s important to know your skin undertone—it can make the difference between your complexion looking pale and washed-out or refreshed and rejuvenated,” adds Crystal Gossman, a New York City-based professional makeup artist.
But here’s the thing; while your skin tone—fair, medium, dark—may be immediately obvious to the naked eye, you’ll have to …