3-Step Guide in Finding Your Real Skin Tone [Plus Infographic]

discover your skin tone

In general, we suggest that for gals with lighter skin color or pale skin to have at least one black one piece swimsuit or bikini. When summer starts, wear the black one first while you are still trying to achieve an even-looking tan. Once you start noticing your skin becoming sunkissed, you can switch to more colorful swimwear and prints that suit your skin tone. And for medium to dark complexion? Bright colors and edgy prints will look flattering on you! However, if you really want to be more specific with the shades that would best suit you, you must first find out what your real skin tone is.

Here is a quick guide to find the colors to make YOU stand out!

discover your real skin tone

Step 1

Hold a piece of blank white paper to your face, right under your chin and look at yourself in the mirror. Does your skin appear more yellow? If so, you’re on the warm side. If it looks pinkish, you more likely have a cool tone.

Step 2

Find a natural lighting or stand under the sun. Now, palms up and look at the veins on your wrists. What color are your veins? Are they more blue or green? Blue indicates cool tones and green, warm tones.

Step 3

If you ever wear jewelry, do you get more compliments or you think you look better with gold (cool) or silver (warm)? If you have a collection of both, see if you have more of the other and what you wear most.

Finding your skin tone might be a little tricky especially if you cannot trust yourself and what you are seeing (colorblind). So better ask a friend or two to help you out. If you have come to decide that you are in between these tones, then you must be neutral – meaning that you can pick any color on your palette and won’t go wrong with it! Lucky you!

But we’re not done yet! There are “seasons” that match your tones, too! Let’s see whether you are Winter, Spring, Summer or Autumn.

Spring and Autumn belong to the warm area of the spectrum and the other two are considered cool tones. When you are a cool or warm tone type with contrasting features, you use these color wheel (see chart above) to determine which hues should be your best buddies.

For example, regardless of your skin type or whether you are warm or cool tone, when your natural hair color is in great contrast to your skin (e.g. black hair paired with pale skin) ,take Autumn (warm) and Winter (cool) color wheels as your guide. Otherwise, if you think you have softer or gentler contrast, Spring (warm) and Summer (cool) will work perfectly.

Now that you know your real skin tone, you can start shopping for apparel with confidence and knowledge of a whole range of colors that brings out your beauty!

Our next topic will cover types of swimwear for “every body”, so check back!