The Vein Test

Knowing how to find skin tone is a good way of working out which colours suit you - or the model you will be working with. 

Different skin tones (not types) are classed as Cool, Warm  or Neutral.

The simplest test you can do is to look at the colour of the model's veins at the wrist.

Cool

Blue coloured veins - Cool tones

(Blue / Purple veins - Cool tones)

Warm

Green coloured veins  - Warm tones

(Green / Olive veins - Warm tones)

Neutral

A combination of the above

Blue / Green veins - Neutral tones

Blue / Olive veins - Neutral tones

Green / Purple veins  - Neutral tones

Purple / Olive veins - Neutral tones

Cool

Warm

Neutral

 Blue - Cool

Blue - Cool

 Blue / Purple - Cool

Blue / Purple - Cool

 Green - Warm

Green - Warm

 Green / Olive - Warm

Green / Olive - Warm

 Blue / Green - Neutral

Blue / Green - Neutral

 Blue / Green / Purple / Olive - Neutral

Blue / Green / Purple / Olive - Neutral

 

How does knowing if you are Cool, Warm or Neutral help you?

It is all down to colour choices

Cool tones - Clear hues, dark & light colours, ice colours, blue pinks, blue reds.

Warm tones - Warm hues, orange reds, pink oranges, creams

Neutral - Almost any colour suits this skin tone.

 

See the seasonal colour wheels below