What Does Skin Tone Mean?

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.

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

There are several ways to determine your skin tone, but here is a quick method to try:

The Quick Test

Look at the colour of the veins on the inside of your wrist.

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.

•    If your veins appear blue or purple, you have a cool skin tone. 
•    If your veins appear green, you have a warm skin tone. 
•    If you can't tell if your veins are green or blue, you may have a neutral skin tone and can have a variety of choice
•    If you have an olive complexion, you likely fall into the neutral category.

 Cool Skin Tone
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 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 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 per romance 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.

 The Fitzpatrick Scale and DHA Levels

The Fitzpatrick Scale is based on 6 skin types and relates to a skins susceptibility to the sun.
It is also a great tool for determining what percentage of DHA would be best to avoid over development. When used in conjunction with their underlying skin tone you can easily determine which range within our tanning collection is best suited to deliver amazing colour your clients will love..
Example: A client with a cool skin tone who always burns in the sun, has very pale skin. blue eyes and blonde hair would be best suited to the 2 Hour Regular tan in the Black Magic Original Range.
Skin Type 1/A Skin Type 2/B Skin Type 3/C Skin Type 4/D
You always burn and never tan in the sun You almost always burn and rarely tan in the sun You sometimes burn and sometimes tan in the sun You tend to tan easily and are less likely to burn
Eye Colour Eye Colour Eye Colour Eye Colour
Light blue, light gray or light green, blue, gray or green Hazel or light brown Dark brown Brownish black
Natural Hair Natural Hair Natural Hair Natural Hair
Red or light blonde blonde Dark blonde or light brown Dark brown Black
Natural Skin Colour Natural Skin Colour Natural Skin Colour Natural Skin Colour
Ivory white Fair or pale Fair to beige, with golden undertone Olive or light brown Dark brown or black
Response to Sun Response to Sun Response to Sun Response to Sun
Always burns, blisters and peels. Often burns, blisters and peels Burns moderately Burns rarely, if at all Never burns
Does Your Skin Tan Does Your Skin Tan Does Your Skin Tan Does Your Skin Tan
Never — I always burn Sometimes Often Always
How Deeply Do You Tan How Deeply Do You Tan How Deeply Do You Tan How Deeply Do You Tan
Not at all or very little Lightly Moderately Resistant My skin is naturally dark