Warm or Cool - Does it matter? Yes, it does! At least for women it does.
If you're wearing the wrong make-up, hair color or clothing colors, you will look older than your age, washed out, sick, tired and drained. Knowing your colors makes a world of difference in your appearance!
Here's how you could tell your skin tone:
If the viens on your inner wrist are blue, you're a cool. If they are green, you are a warm.
You could also pull your hair off your face, remove your make up and examine your skin tone by putting a white towel or piece of paper close to it. If it reflects blue or red, you're a cool. If it reflects yellow, you're a warm.
Most people are cools. Cool skin tones are pale, pale pink, ruddy white, brown with pink undertones, olive (Asian/Hispanic), bronze or black. Cools can have light blond, ash blond, light to dark ash and natural browns and black hair. Their eyes are blue, grey, dark brown or black. Scandinavians and many other Europeans, Africans, Asians and Hispanics are cools. Their coloring could match exclusively or show drastic differences. Examples would be an Asian woman with olive skin, black hair and eyes matching exclusively or a Norwegian woman with very dark hair, pale skin and light blue eyes which reflects a drastic color difference (between hair and eyes).
Warm skin tones could be pale porcelain with invisible golden untones, peach or a golden brown appearance. Warms are nearly exclusively of European descent. Natural hair colors for warms are golden blonde, red, auburn and light to dark golden brown. Warm eye colors are green, amber, hazel and golden browns.
For Cools - Use a pink-based foundation with dramatic, jewel colors for eyes and clothing that runs close to your face. You look great in basic black and white. Stay away from gold, auburn or red for hair color and gold jewelry. Stay with the ash blonds and brunetts, blacks and platiums for hair and silver jewelry! It may be a good idea to have your colors done professionally to determine whether you're a Cool Winter or Cool Summer.
For Warms - Use a yellow-based foundation with lots of red, green and gold clothing that runs close to your face. You look great in deep browns and creamy whites. Stay away from ash tones for the hair and silver jewelry. Stay with golden blond/brunette shades and orange-based reds and auburns for the hair and gold jewelry! It may be a good idea to have your colors done professionally to determine whether you're a Warm Spring or Warm Autumn.
Cool Celebrities - Oprah, Michelle Pfieffer, Gloria Estefan, Michele Kwan, Cher, Jacklyn Smith, Marlo Thomas, Cindy Crawford, Catherine-Zeta Jones, Winona Ryder, Demi Moore
Warm Celebrities - Molly Ringwald, Nicole Kidman, Sara Furgeson