Colours exist on a spectrum from ‘cool’ to ‘warm’, and if you’re not quite sure what that means, it might be time to hit up some primary school art classes. (We kid! But a colour wheel does help to visualise colours better.)
Red, orange and yellow are considered ‘warm’ while blue, green and purple are ‘cool’ tones but each can also have warm or cool variants. For example, there’s cool red which is more pink, and warm red, which appears more orange. Likewise, our skin tones come various colours that are affected by underlying pigments called undertones. These can be broadly divided into four groups.
Text: Fionn Lee. Additional Reporting: Michelle Lee