Harry Says: know if you're cool or warm

Harry Says it's not hard to find colours that worth with your undertones.
Rachel Trevelyan

Harry Says it's not hard to find colours that worth with your undertones.

 Knowing what colours suit you is an inexact science at best, and a confusing mess at worst.

Although the trend for having your colours done (think Bridget Jones' Diary) has blessedly died, it can still be useful to figure out your undertones.

You don't need to know if you're a winter or a spring - or even what that means - to find a shade that makes you look alive. Colours that work with the undertone of your skin are a little miracle. I'm here to tell you it's not that hard to find them.

Pink-leaning corals like MAC Costa Chic ($40), NARS Audacious Lipstick in Natalie ($54), Maybelline Colour Sensation ...
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Pink-leaning corals like MAC Costa Chic ($40), NARS Audacious Lipstick in Natalie ($54), Maybelline Colour Sensation Rebel Bloom in Coral Burst 740 ($21.99), Stila Colour Balm Lipstick in Isabelle ($34) and Kiehl's Creme de Corps ($59 for 250ml) .

As a general rule, pinky skin tones are referred to as cool, and more yellow casts are warm. If the veins on the inside of your wrist look blue, you're cool-toned, and if they look green, you're warm. You've likely read about the jewellery rule before: if silver suits you, you've got a cool tone, and if gold does, you're warm.

Of course, none of this is hard and fast. Neutral skin tones exist, and there's nothing to say you absolutely have to wear colours that match your undertone. That said, there's a good chance that either a pinky coral or a rose brown will make you look like your best self.

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For cool-toned faces, coral shades bring some highly flattering warmth. Pink-leaning corals like MAC Costa Chic ($40), NARS Audacious Lipstick in Natalie ($54) and Maybelline Colour Sensation Rebel Bloom in Coral Burst 740 ($21.99) are so easy to wear they might as well be nudes, but adding that bit of colour will make you look alive. Add a similarly toned blush (or even use your lipstick as a cream blush) and you'll have people asking if you've just been on holiday.

If you're warm-toned, a rose-brown lip colour will have a similar effect. Think of a Kylie Jenner nude - these shades have been having a real moment in the sun in the last couple of years. MAC Velvet Teddy or Whirl ($40) are both great if you like a matte finish, while Stila Colour Balm Lipstick in Isabelle ($34) offers a softer option.

JUST THE THING… for everyday sleek skin
Kiehl's Creme de Corps ($59 for 250ml) is luxurious, rich and non-greasy. It does take a second to sink in, but when your legs have been hiding in jeans all winter, it's worth it. A classic for a reason.

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