Skin tone is the colour of your skin. It differs from darkest brown to lightest hues. Skin tone is different from your complexion. 
Indian skin tone is more of brown hues. In the Himalayan region( Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Manipur, Assam, and some more.) People have light skin tones. Our skin tone varies with the temperature as well as our regions.
In the middle parts of India (Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Gujarat, Maharashtra, etc.) People normally have a wheatish and light-brown skin tone because of moderate temperature and sometimes harsh sunlight, as per the seasons.  
In Southern India, people generally have dark brown/dusky skin tones because of the climate conditions.

Now, let’s see our Indian skin tone chart:-

The skin tone chart is a shade palette/card that is used to check our skin tone shade. Mostly this type of shade card is used by cosmetic companies. As we all know there are many different shade cards, but here we are talking about Indian skin tone chart. Indians are known as brown people, and the most popular shades of their skin tones are also brown hues. So let’s check the Indian skin tone chart.
indian skin tone chart


Undertone is different from your actual skin tone. It is the underlying colour that your skin casts. Your skin tone can vary depending upon the sunlight or weather conditions, but undertone will remain the same no matter what season it is.                     INDIAN SKIN TONE CHART
There are three types of undertones:-

1)Warm skin undertone:- About 70% of Indians are having warm skin undertone, because of yellowish skin. If there are more yellow, peach, and golden tones, then you are warm undertone and warm colours will compliment you. Try to wear colours like red, orange, yellow, peach, golden, olive, etc. 


2) Cool skin undertone:- If the overall complexion of your skin is more of bluish hues and pinkish, then your undertone is cool. Cool colors like blue, green, purple, and shades of these colors will look extremely bright on you.


3)Neutral skin undertone:- If there is a blend of both warm and cool undertones or your undertone is the same as your actual skin tone then you are neutral. Neutral undertone people can pull off any color, any shade of their choice.


Proper knowledge of undertones is important for everyone because not your makeup is going to help you with the wrong shade of color you are wearing. No accessories and jewellery will enhance your look if you don’t know about the right shade.

As now, you know the basic difference between skin tones and undertones. It can directly affect your appearance. Wearing the wrong colour can make you look dull and washed-out. Skin undertones will guide you with the perfect colours that will compliment your skin tone and can also make your skin look brighter.

There is no hard and fast rule of wearing colours that will compliment your skin tone only. You can choose any colour of your choice, but if you want to stand out in a crowd, then stick to the most suitable colours according to your skin tone.

If you are going to any big event or wedding, then wear colours that compliment your skin tone only, because the wrong colour will ruin your look as well as photographs. On a daily bases, you can go with any colour and shade of your choice.

The basic rule for undertones are:- If you are warm undertones, then pick warm shades to wear and cool colours for cool undertone. Neutral undertone is a blessing because they can wear any colour of their choice.


There are three simple tricks to find your undertone:-

1)Check your wrist:-

*If you are warm undertone, then your veins will look greenish because of yellowish tone(yellow+blue=Green). 
*If your veins look purple, or blue then you are cool skin undertone because of your whitish skin tone (blue+ white= Blue).

*People with neutral undertones will not determine which colour is more dominating in their veins. It may appear colourless or the same as your skin tone.


2)Try white dress test:-

*If your skin will look yellowish/ dull, or dark then you are warm undertone.

*If your skin will look more pinkish, then you are cool skin undertone.

*If you are neutral undertone, then white will make you look brighter.


INDIAN SKIN TONE CHART3)Sunburn test:-   

*If your skin tan easily without any burning sensation, then probably you have a warm, or neutral undertone.

*If you are a cool skin undertone, then your skin will start burning without turning red. 



4) Jewellery test:-

The colour of your jewellery is another way to check your undertone. If gold jewellery is looking good with your skin then you are warm skin undertone.

If silver jewellery is complimenting you more than gold, then you are cool undertone, but if gold and silver both are looking amazing on you, then you are blessed with neutral undertone, anything can work for you.


5)Eyes and hair check:-

*Warm colour undertone:-  If you have brown, amber and hazel eyes with black and blonde hair then you are warm undertone.

*Cool colour undertone:- If you have blue, grey or green eyes with brown and black hair, then you are a cool undertone.




The colours you wear will decide whether we will look bright or dull. We Indians have yellowish skin, and which colour will look fantastic on us is completely dependent on our undertone and skin tone.
If your skin shade is light then pastels, bright shades, and soft hues will look amazing on you. For medium skin tone, tropical colours like greens, teal, saffron, bottle green, these colours will work for you.
If you are dark skin person then go for earthy tones, like peach, light browns, greens, red, and shades of grey.
           Indian skin tone chart

If you are confused about any colour then go for neutral colours and some other colours like blues, olive, plum white peach, etc. Always try to wear colour which is close to your skin tone.  Be confident, wear what you love, there are no hard and fast rules for dressing. These are some simple tips that you can use to look more stylish and bright. For more types on how to dress your body type then click here.


Nowadays, coloured hairs are in trend, and everyone wants to look different from others, everyone wants to stand out in a crowd. Hair colouring is always the first choice for everyone when it comes to change the look.

Trendy and the most attractive hair colours for Indians, are shades of browns, and reds Moreover, choosing the right colour shade for hair to compliment your skin, as well as personality, is depends upon the skin undertone.

The wrong hair colour choice can ruin your entire appearance and make you look unnatural. 


 1) Always select hair colour according to your skin tone, like warm undertones should prefer a cool colour like walnut brown, and cool undertones should choose a warm colour like cooper.

 2) Don’t stick to the trends because what looks good on others might not work for you.

 3) Choose a hair colour that is two shades lighter or darker than your natural hair colour.

Indian skin is usually known as brown skin, and while choosing, hair colour makes sure that the hair colour should compliment your skin. 

*Natural hair colour:-Choosing the right hair colour for Indian skin tone is more challenging than any other skin type, but natural colours like shades of browns and burgundy can be an ideal choice. All shades of browns are suitable and the safest option for most of the Indian skin tones.


Hair colours according to skin undertones-

Warn skin undertone–  Warm skin tone person should pick the shades like an iced brown, ash brown, mushroom brown, dark brown, and light brown, these are the shades that will complement the warm skin tone and help to balance the yellowish complexion. Avoid colours like blue, violet, white, and jet black as it will ruin your look.


Cool skin undertones– cool skin tones have many hair colour options like cinnamon brown, chestnut brown, golden brown, caramel, mahogany, and toffee brown these are the shades of hair colour that will enhance your look. Avoid gold and bronze tones.


Red hair colour:- Red comes in lots of shades, and it is a favourite hair colour amongst women. Red hair colour highlights are now in a trend, but it is a very tricky colour to play with, this colour shade is not for every skin tone.

According to skin tone, shades like light red and a cooper red will work best for fair and cool skin tone women. If you have reddish skin, then try to avoid red hair colour.

Dark shades of red hair colour are a suitable choice for warm and olive skin tone women.


Related question 

1) What is an Indian skin tone called?

 Indians have yellowish-brown complexion, which is very close to the colour of wheat, and that’s the reason Indians generally have Wheatish skin. In India, skin tone varies according to the climatic conditions and regions. Himalayan region people have a light skin tone, in the middle parts of India people generally have moderate or light brown skin tone, and in southern India, people are dark in colour because of harsh sunlight. 

 2) What colour will look good on Indian skin tone? 

Indian culture is all about bright and vibrant colours. People also choose bright colours for traditional attire, colours like pink, shades of green, peach, browns, and shades of red will complement Indian skin tone in the best way. Pastels shades like baby blue and purple will also work in most of the situations. Choose complementary colours like blue and orange, red and green, and yellow and purple to look more proportionate.

3) How to choose the right makeup for Indian skin tone? 

Just like skin undertones, makeup bases also have warm shades and cool shades for the skin tones. While choosing the foundation shades, eye shadows, and lipstick shades, consider the undertones, if you are warm undertone then pick warm shades and cool colours if you have a cool undertone. This rule will make your makeup compliment your natural complexion. Wrong foundation shade can make you look dark and ashy.

 4) What is an olive skin tone? 

As we all know, there are three main undertones warm, cool, and neutral undertone. Some people don’t belong to any of these three categories because they have a natural green pigment, which is visible on the surface of the skin. Olive skin tone is between pale and dark. Light olive skin may have cream to beige tones, and dark olive complexions can vary from moderate brown.



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