The right colors for your skin tone: is this color warm or cool?  ǀ Justine Leconte
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The right colors for your skin tone: is this color warm or cool? ǀ Justine Leconte


hi everyone it’s Justine. it is very useful
to be able to tell if the color is warm or cool when you are shopping for
clothes, because if your undertone is warm then warm colors will suit you. if
your cool then cool colors will suit you. you kind of want to match the undertone
of the clothes you’re wearing with your own skin undertone. so if you’re able to
tell just by looking at the color oh this is warm, this is cool, imagine how
much time uncertainties and trials you can save. the problem is that it’s not
always easy to judge if a color is warm or cool just like that. you might have a
garment like this in your wardrobe already for which you wonder: does that
fit me, do I look pale, is the color too dark,
what’s the matter?… this kind of question is a matter of undertone. so in this
video, I will show you how to know, find out, if the color is warm or cool, so that
you know if it will fit you. if you don’t know what YOU are yet, then you
need to watch my previous video first, on how to determine your undertone: warm,
cool or maybe neutral? I will link that video in the corner and in the
description below this video. and then come back here. now I will start with the
basics and then tackle the cases where it’s less obvious. 1: learn what warm and
cool look like. on a color wheel you see three primary colors, blue, red and yellow.
and three secondary colors in between, purple, orange and green. if you split
that will in two halves, you get a cool side and a warm side. green, blue and
purple are cool while red, orange and yellow are the warm colors. My color
wheel here has 12 colors instead of six but it works exactly the same way: one
warm side, one cool side. if you want, here you can pause and screenshot this
screen for future reference. now if you’re looking at a color which is one
of those 12 basic ones, now you can tell it’s warm, it’s cool. one point down!
2: but each color can be warm or cool! that’s the next level. when you
start mixing the basic colors, each one can actually become warmer or cooler and
that’s where it gets a little bit tricky. example: basic blue is cold by definition.
that’s the blue on the color wheel. if
you add just a bit of red, you will get a warm blue. you can see how it is warmer
than our basic blue. then if you keep adding more red, at some point you will
get purple. purple is half blue, half red. and it’s definitely warmer, it tends
towards red. so this blue is a warm blue compared to the basic blue. following
this logic now you understand how a cool color like blue can in fact become a bit
warmer if you add a bit of a warm color to it, in this case: red. usually when
you’re looking at a color, it’s not a pure color from the color wheel, it’s a
mix of a dominant color and a bit of something else: you want to find out if
that bit of something else is cool or warm, what color it is so you can tell if
the main color is trending towards cool what towards warm. what helps me
personally is to wonder: does this color contain a bit of orange, orange like the
sun, like very warm between red and yellow? or does it contain a bit of blue,
like the sky? So sun and sky. 3: and when you can’t tell? sometimes you’ll see the
colour of a garment and you won’t be able to say mmediately: oh yeah this is
cool, this is warm. what to do in this case? example: this yellow, is it rather
warm or rather cool? it’s not that easy to say. to find out, you want to compare
that one yellow with other yellows. get a range of yellows and rank them from cool
to warm relatively to each other. it’s a lot easier than judging one color alone.
here I have these five samples. there is one that’s clearly more orange so I put
that on the right side. and there is one that’s more greenish. once I have the two
extremes, I organize the other cards in between. the yellow I was looking at is
this one. it’s rather a cool yellow, good for you if your skin is cool. if I add
this yellow orange at the end of the range, you see how we’re getting warmer
and warmer towards the right side? as I said, looking at a range is a lot easier
than looking at just one color. now if you’re shopping and you’re in a store,
you can do that same exercise physically. take the garment
off the rack, to avoid being influenced by all the colors around it. take it to
the daylight, to the window and compare your yellows. or if you’re shopping
online, compare the garment you’re looking at (possibly on a good screen
that’s good with color contrasts), compare that yellow to the garments that you
already own or with a color wheel: the one that I showed you, mine, is on Amazon.
it’s very cheap, I’ll link it down below if you want to have a look. 4: what
if you’re comparing different colors? now so far, I was comparing yellows. what if
I’m comparing two completely different colors like a blue + a green of different
intensity? that’s the hardest part. example: is this color warmer or cooler
compared to that one? they’re actually both green: the left one contains more
blue and the right one contains more yellow. how do I know? I will show you. on
the left side I’m adding cards trending towards blue. on the other side I make
the transition towards yellow. this way you see that they don’t belong to the
same family at all. the left one is a cool green-blue. the right one is a warm
green-yellow. and in case you were wondering whether the left one was a
green or a blue in the first place: look, if I place just these two cards next to
each other, my initial card is clearly greener, isn’t
it? comparing colors is super helpful and always a lot easier than guessing a
standalone color. now I have two extra tips for you. one tip on daylight: under
artificial light, like typically in a store, you can’t see colors properly. you
need to take the garments next to the window to judge and see the colors as
they really are. same thing in changing rooms: usually in
there, the color, the light is warm, to make you feel cozy and good while you’re
trying things on. it’s a purchase psychology argument. but you can’t rely
on the light in there either. even if it looks white, it is not right. Tip 2: the eye
likes balance. once you know that you are… let’s say warm toned, and you found an
outfit that is warm tone too, there is one more
detail that I would pay attention to: in a whole warm outfit, I would add a little
bit of the opposite, just for the eye and that means a little bit of cool. for
instance, it can be a color within a multicolor print. it can be an accessory.
it can be the shoes that you’re wearing. it’s gonna make your outfit pop out
suddenly a lot more… and people are going to wonder how you did it. it’s just a
matter of color combination between cool and warm. but make sure that what you’re
wearing around the face, the colors there, do fit your undertone. that’s it for today.
if you learned something new in this video, thumbs up! thank you very much!! and
now you can go to your closet and practice: do your clothes, those that you
already own, look cool or warm when you compare them with each other? with
practice, you will see, at some point you’ll be able to tell very quickly. I
will also link down below in the description… 2 things: the video on how
to determine your undertone, if you’ve missed it, and a playlist of my videos
about color. for instance, how to make an outfit pop more or look a bit more
classy and discreet just by playing with the color palette? I hope you’ll enjoy those
extra videos! look at the links down below, don’t forget to subscribe to this
channel and I will see you very soon again 🙂
New videos every Wednesday and Sunday Until next time, take care!
Bye!

100 Comments

  • Hanna Figiel

    Justine, but shouldn't the line between warm and cool half go exactly through green and red colour? They are perfectly in between which would mean they are neutral 🙂

  • Dayane Lima

    Thanks for the great tips!! I have warm undertone, and just preceived that I have so many black clothes!! How do I know if te black ir warm or cool?

  • Temple Rose

    Thank you so much. I’m trying to purge my wardrobe and this and the first color video have been so helpful. I’m excited to see what clothes colors fit me and what are going in the bin. 💚👍

  • Montse L

    After put the bottom subscribe (sorry for my english) OMG i see videos with spanish translation , 👏👏 a Good notice for me.
    Thank you .
    P.d You are the best Nena

  • AandTplus2Gees

    This is so interesting to me and I’m just now learning what my skin tone is. I think I am yellow to neutral undertones. Anyway, my question is why if the eye wants balance does dressing the same color as your undertone work the best? So on the color wheel, it’s says my complementary colors would be purple-ish but I should avoid those colors even though it’s complementary? Does that make sense???

  • Christine Angel Harris-James

    That makes good sense as I suit navy but have warm undertones so initially thought blue was out. Pale blue does not suit me. Same with yellows a pale yellow makes me look washed out. Really well done and explained

  • Holly Cardinal

    It would be really awesome to have a little portable color chart made with ONLY the colors I can wear.I am talking purse sized and made by a pro like you . That way I can use it while shopping and never go wrong.

  • Verónica Doubell

    Hi Justine! I have a question and I would like to ask for your help, I am very white and blonde; according to your video, my undertone is cold (I have blue veins); however, my doubt is because my blonde is pretty reddish, I have freckles (which make my skin darker) and my eyes are big and ligth brown/honey; so I find difficult to define if warm or cool tones fit me better, what do you think? Thank you very much in advance for your answer xoxoxo!

  • Mari Saenz

    I've been Bing watching your videos. Thank you for all this information. Can you please make a video on pinks? It's my favorite color (all the shades) I'm warm tones with a medium complexion. People always tell me I shouldn't wear pink. 😪😪😪

  • bridget owen

    Justine help! I understand the logic completely, but I feel like I'm not applying it to myself correctly. I have naturally really rosy cheeks and am in general just a very pinky person, and every undertone test I've done has told me I'm cool tone, but I feel like cool clothing looks horrible on me and just brings out the redness in my face too much! When I wear reds/browns/orange it feels like my red cheeks don't stand out so much. Am I actually secretly warm undertone, or am I just wrong and should give cool clothing another chance?

  • Shabana Kausar

    I have warm undertown .after watching this video I realized I always select cool colour dress like blue,parpal, green and they really brithen my eyes and personality. My vain colour is green that is why I know my undertone is warm. Now I am confused why I like to wear cool colour dress?

  • Lu Reséndiz Makeup

    For years I was looking for an explanation like this, at last I find it with you. Merci beaucoup Justine. Love your channel. 🙏👌💕

  • A Bohege

    Justine I haven't gotten through all your color videos yet, but what about black and white? Can any skin tone wear those? Another question is what about light blue jeans? Is there such a thing as warm toned light blue jeans? I love them but am realizing all mine are cool toned. Thanks for the great content!!

  • florenna

    Unfortunately, taking a garment out of a store is a crime unless you have paid for it, so it's impossible to take them out near a window (most stores do not even have windows)! 😉

  • November Lima

    How about black, white and grey? That's honestly 99% of my wardrobe 😅 Can any person wear them? I feel grey doesn't do me much favor but…

  • hawa5858

    Watched your undertone videos and several other videos about color match. Now I got my answers on why some of my favorite garments didn't actually looks good on me 😔 Nevermind, time for a better shopping experiences. Thanks for your clear explanations.

  • Jennifer Haynes

    I still cannot figure out the best colors for me my hair and skin are warm and my eyes are cool. Do I just pick more neutral colors then?

  • Mimi Shella

    I'm still confused. My skin looks like both to me, but clearly it probably goes to one side or the other more. Neutral? More exploring.

  • sandra papackova

    You are awesome, its it very usuffull and i was wondering why you had those silverearing and I feel like you did the twist with them.

  • Sophie Li

    Hey Justine, great videos about color tone and undertone. I’m pretty sure I am a warm undertone but I just love blue…All my shirts in wardrobe are in light blue stripe, light blue check or different shades of blue. And I do feel I looks better in my blues than in warm colors like red and yellow. Am I an exception?

  • paulabia

    if my RGB has more red, but all values are very close to each other, does this mean I’m neutral? Otherwise I shouldn’t wear red, right, but it looks good on me, I believe. And a lot of colors look odd on me, like yellow. I’m confused 🥺

  • Ronni Hatcher

    I am wierd though. I know I am a cool no doubt, but orange looks fantastic on me. That accoding to what I have come to know dont make sense does it. I am fair skin with cool tones, grey to blue eyers and medium light brown hair.

  • Teashirtsoldier Z

    I would love to see a video about colors for ginger hair because I always feel that ginger hair is an extra case 🙂

  • Diana West

    Yes, I love the warm toned green on you Justine, your videos are a pleasure to watch and learn, Thank you!!🤗💕

  • Jimi Hendrix

    White is absolutely a NO for me. I look like I haven't taken bath in months and that I'm dehydrated.
    I still can't figure out my undertone tho..

  • Maryam Abyshova

    I thought I could distinguish warm and cool before I watched this video… oh my, this is so much more complicated. I wish I could show this video to my teachers in the drawing school – I remember all of them had different opinions on what is warm and what is cool, and we, pupils, got totally puzzled while trying to understand. Some of them used to say, oh, look, this is blue, so it is cool by definition. Then the other one came and said, oh, but this is warm blue!.. Oh my… hahahahahaha finally I know the truth 😀

  • Woro Salim

    Thank you Justine. I never dare to wear cool colour or pastel colour for clothing or anything coz I feel I look so pale and sick and feel I am darker than suppose to be🤣🤣🤣From the things you have explained I believe I am warm tone and also because I am Asian. Once again thank you for nice vid😍😘

  • Vix Snaps

    Ok. I think im warm undertone because i can wear red, with orange base, my skin glows. But if i wear olive green my skin looks sick. Where does olive green muted green fall on color wheel -cool or warm?

  • Helen B

    I can see how this is gonna go down in real life

    me: hmm… does this shirt contain more sun, or more sky…
    friend: backs away slowly

  • Lena Seale

    Can you please do a video helping to style redheads? I've heard from other stylists we are more difficult to choose colours for. Personally, I have very blue veins and cool undertones with hardly any freckles, blue/grey eyes and bright copper hair. Because it's such a strong colour I think my hair interrupts the typical choices you would make for cool toned skin. Any tips?

  • Liira Voshk

    Sooooooo unfair… I hate basically all the warm colors… All of them! Can't stand nothing bright, yellowish, golden… Orange is fruit not a garment Collor! 🤣🤣😭
    Have to accept… My clothes will make me pale 😭🤣🤣🤣

  • Hannah Mckenzie

    I absolutely love ALL your videos! You give such great advice for anything beauty/fashion related. Thankyou so much, you are very talented x

  • AEKAskenburne

    Many thanks for your videos, they are so informative!
    With me, I have observed that I tend to breath more freely, while looking at cooler colors.

  • Tereza Plockova

    I always thought I was cool undertone, but I am very tan this summer . Would that change the colors that should be flattering to me? Thanks!

  • xaris

    I've been binge watching all your videos, the advice is unparalleled. I think my undertone is neutral, I can be pretty pale in winter and tan in summer. I'd definitely like some tips for color-picking to match neutral undertones since I am trying to create a capsule wardrobe that is cohesive and not too sporadic. Thanks for all of your direction!

  • Syed Sara

    Hello dear,

    Please tell me,
    I take undertone test from 3 steps, now I checked that my undertone 70% is green, & 30% is blue..so should I wear 70% warm &mix it 30% blue undertone color for warring ?

    Thank you very much,
    Waiting for your reply.

  • Elaine Bryant

    I feel like shopping would be easier if the manufacturer would describe the colors as warm or cool. Wouldn’t take much effort on their part and would help shoppers out a lot.

  • Aina Roca

    Is she hwearing a warm green jumper or a cold toned one? And the lips are warm toned or cold toned? It's pure red but she looks like having cold undertones so does that mean the lip is cold toned? how can that red be cold toned? Anyone can explain it to me? I kept wondering the whole video… 🙂 thanks a lot!!

  • Agnès B

    Tip for online shopping: use a color picker (you can download it as a browser add on). It will give you the RVB numbers of the colors and you will know for sure if the color is warm (contains more red) or cool (more blue). Your monitor doesn't influence the actual color code! You cannot be sure the photos have a perfect white balance but most of the time they are super neutral.

  • Thomas E

    sometimes it's not the blue undertone which makes the color "cooler" but the saturation of the color….if it is less saturated (less color pigment of a color) appears more greyish ,…it also becomes more "cooler". please keep that in mind. especially for the yellow example that you showed…you could have also labeled this yellow a light, less saturated yellow – which appears cooler because of less pigments rather than more blue pigments in it…

  • Thomas E

    By the way, I would assume – you're a cool skin tone type…Cool Winter/Summer or so….funny to see you're wearing an almost orangey lipstick color 🙂 while the sweater is definitely a cool green like a fir tree.

  • Carlota Rodriguez

    Confused: How to tell what intensity of warm/cool is the right one among so many shades of the same color?
    Example: one blue compared with another might be warmer but still too cool compared with a third shade of blue. How to decide the right for me?

  • Kaia010

    Hi Justine, i think i have a cool skin tone. I always felt more comfortable with cool colors, but here is my problem: i am very pale and have the feeling that cool colors often look like a harsh contrast to my skin – do you have a tip for pale and cool skinned women?

  • vaishnavi kundle

    And thats why you are wearing cool toned green dress and for popping it up you applied warm toned lipstick 😇😇that's nice

  • Ladynipchick2

    My observation is that anyone can wear any colour provided you choose the warm or the cool side. So a cool yellow, orange, pink or red, as opposed to a warm yellow, orange, pink or red. And if, like me, you are warm to neutral, you could try combining a little of each in your outfit, lol. Not sure about that, though …

  • EarthArtBalance

    This and your warm /cool toned video really helped me in my wardrobe curating. I finally feel like I have a minimalist closet that I love and its all because I now know and can tell the difference between cool and warm and shop smarter. THANK YOU <3 <3

  • screamingminnow

    i found your channel yesterday and i’ve been watching your videos on and off since. you simplify the things i’ve been trying to figure out for years. happily subscribed. ❤️❤️

  • Girl kane

    First of all you are Amazing. You are really my example. Thank you so much for all you video's and teachings..
    How did you com to this point? Like being an expert?
    Are there any books that you can recommend? And do you also give online courses (school)?
    It's my heart desire to become a fashion designer stylist.
    All the tips are welcome!!

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