The Best Colors To Wear Based On Your Skin Tone

April 20, 2021 3 min read

Finding colors that flatter your skin tone can sometimes be tricky business. It's tough to know if the colors you're wearing are enhancing your skin tone, or maybe making it look flat. That's why we've created this guide on The Best Colors To Wear Based On your Skin Tone. Review this list, but remember that you still have the freedom to wear whatever you want (and rock it).

The first step to find colors that work best for you is learning what undertones your skin has. The undertone is the subtle color under your skin's surface, and does not change over time. Generally, we can have 1 of 3 undertones; warm, cool, or neutral. Warm undertones are yellow or golden hues. Cool undertones are red or pink hues. Neutral undertones are a balance of the other two shades.How do you know which undertone your skin has? Read below to find out.

Warm Undertones

You have warm undertones if:

  • your veins are greenish
  • gold jewelry looks better on you
  • you tan easily/your skin doesn't burn
  • holding up a white piece of paper up to your face makes your skin appear yellowish

Colors that work best with warm undertones

Since your skin has golden tones, you want to pick colors that have those same tones. Opt for colors on the warm side of the color wheel like red, orange, gold, camel, etc. You can also reach for earth tones like olive and maroon. These colors will make your features stand out beautifully.

Warm Undertones Fashion
Dark skin tone fashion
Orange Fashion Aesthetic

Cool Undertones

You have cool undertones if:

  • your veins are bluish or purple
  • silver jewelry looks better on you
  • you burn easily in the sun
  • holding up a white piece of paper up to your face makes your skin appear pinkish

Colors that work best with cool undertones

Since your skin has pink and blue tones, you'll want to pick colors that have those same tones. Choose colors on the cool side of the color wheel. Reach for blues, purples, rose pinks, and greens. These colors will make you look radiant.

Green + Neutrals Fashion Aesthetic
Lavender Fashion
Cool Undertones Fashion

Neutral Undertones

You have neutral undertones if

  • you're not sure if your veins are blue or green
  • sometimes you burn, sometimes you tan
  • holding up a white piece of paper up to your face makes your skin appear gray or you can't determine a color.

Colors that work best with neutral undertones

If you have neutral undertones, you can pull off just about any color on the color wheel. You'll look great in reds, oranges, yellows, greens, blues, purples, and pinks.

Colorful Fashion
Women's Undertone Fashion
Green Fashion Aesthetic

Colors that look good on everyone

There are some universal colors that suit all skin tones.If you're still just not sure what colors look good on you, opt for these classic neutrals that truly look great on anyone.

Neutral Fashion For Women
Boutique Women's Fashion Neutral Colors
Netural fashion for women

We hope this helps you find colors that you will look and feel amazing in while also complementing your skin's tone.

Still have questions regarding your undertones? Leave them below and we'll try to help!


Madison Bischoff

Madison is part of the marketing team here at Bella Ella. She spends most of her free time watching Mama Mia on repeat and spending time with her husband and puppy.

Madison Bischoff

Madison is part of the marketing team here at Bella Ella. She spends most of her free time watching Mama Mia on repeat and spending time with her husband and puppy.


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