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Know Your Clients Underlying Skin Tone

Know Your Clients Underlying Skin Tone


Article by Black Magic Tan |

Understanding about skin tone is important for all cosmetic purposes and tanning is no exception.

The skin’s undertone is the warm, cool, or neutral hue that shows through the surface colour of skin. Although the surface colour of skin changes depending on sun exposure and other skin conditions, the skin’s undertone remains consistent.

The Fitzpatrick Scale was created to determine your skins susceptibility to UV rays and is broken down into 6 skin types. However it does not relate to the skins undertone which never changes.

Knowing whether your undertone is warm, cool or neutral will assist in making sure your tan matches your skin to achieve the best possible result.

There are several ways to determine your skin tone, but here is a quick method to keep in mind;


Look at the colour of the veins on the inside of your wrist. This is a quick way to determine your undertones. Make sure you are examining your wrists in natural light, either standing near a window or outdoors, and that your skin is clean and free of product.

Your underlying skin colour will always relate to one of these skin tones.

Cool Skin Tone

If your veins appear blue or purple, you have a cool skin tone.

Know Your Clients Underlying Skin Tone - Cool

The best tanning base for your skin tone is a tanning solution from our Green Base range. A Green Base will counteract any pink hue your skin will throw leaving you with the most natural looking tan.

Warm Skin Tone

If your veins appear green, you have a warm skin tone.

Know Your Clients Underlying Skin Tone - Warm

If you’re a warm skin tone, the veins on your wrist will appear green, and your skin type will quickly bronze or darken in the sun, so your skin tone would suit a tanning solution from within our Vibe Range which has a Violet Base. A Violet Base will counteract any yellow hue.

Neutral Skin Tone

If you can’t tell whether your veins are green or blue, you most likely fall into the neutral skin tone category. If you have an olive complexion, you likely fall into the neutral category.

Know Your Clients Underlying Skin Tone - Neutral

If you fit within this range you have a wide variety of choice as your skin tone allows for a wide variety of choice.


Our competition and performance tans have been designed to enable competitor to go from white to black without fear of over development. The normal tanning rules for selection do not apply.

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