What is Warm Red & Cool Red? Find Out Here
Updated: Nov 18, 2020
Today I want to talk about warm vs cool red and who benefits from these colours.
To an untrained eye you would be thinking ‘isn’t red, just red and I either suit it or not?’. The answer is no and it’s because of undertones (and anyone can wear the right shade of red).
Examples of two tones of red that have a different undertone or tint to them:
• Brick red has a warm, orange-yellow tint best suited for warm skin tones
• Wine red has a blue undertone and best suited for cool skin tones
What on earth is this warm and cool talk?
It’s not necessarily to do with the surface of your skin, it’s about what’s happening underneath and the quickest way to find out what you are is having a good old check of your veins.
Make sure you’re in natural light, free from recent intense sun exposure and your forearms are clean.
• Blue or purple veins = cool
• Green = warm
• Uhh they’re both? = neutral
I lean more towards the cool side, but don’t mind adding splashes of warm when needed.
A couple points:
• medium to dark skin can pull off pretty much any red. Although true red can look a little washed out, so go for vibrant on any side of the scale
• Many people can pull off TRUE RED (that is there is no favouring of blue or yellow in the undertone)
• Other warm reds might be: scarlet, tomato red, rust, terracotta
• Other cool reds: coral red, cranberry, berry, burgundy, sangria
• This is only a guide and there are so many factors like hair colour, complexion, eye colour that will determine your best red. This guide should help you get started in exploring
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