Back to beauty school: What's your undertone?

By Jacqui Loates-Haver

Have you found the perfect foundation match for your skintone? Photo / Getty Images
Have you found the perfect foundation match for your skintone? Photo / Getty Images

For a flawless foundation match, you need to know what your skin's undertone is. Regardless of your skin's surface tone, you can end up with an ashy, muddy or dull complexion if the undertone is wrong.

There are three basic categories: cool undertones are pink, red or blue. Warm are yellow to olive, while some people have neutral undertones.

A quick rule of thumb is to check your wrist. If the veins are blue or purple, you have a cool undertone, if they appear green, you're in the warm-toned spectrum.

Once you know your undertone, match a foundation closest to your surface skin colour - the right shade for your complexion will blend in with no demarcation line at the jaw.

1. L'Oreal True Match Foundation in Golden Ivory, $39.95
2. Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation Stick in Cool Walnut, $46
3. Mecca Cosmetica In A Great Light Compact in Medium, $71

Canvas loves

Environ Youth Essentia Defence Creme $220.50 & C-Quence Serum 1 $249.50

At the investment end of the scale, this line-fighting duo is mixed together before application to deliver a serious vitamin boost to your face, neck and decolletage. Even on sensitive skin the results are noticeably good.

Made for sharing

Body Shop Hemp Body Butter, $38.95

Hemp seed oil is a moisturising powerhouse due to its gamma-linolenic and fatty acid content.

This deliciously creamy body butter is a clear winner in the battle against dry winter skin.

Share it with the one you love.

You beauty

Colin Mathura-Jeffree, socialite

Colin Mathura Jeffree. Photo / Norrie Montgomery
Colin Mathura Jeffree. Photo / Norrie Montgomery

"I'm all about new trends in skincare. I'm currently on a cycle of LED phototherapy and collagen boosts at Haven. Basically, the light terrifies my skin into thinking it's being attacked and it begins to promote healthy renewal of cells."

- Canvas

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