September 4th 2012

Pantone release Skintone guide

Pantone release Skintone guide


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Pantone have released the only internationally available skin tone colour standard product that is based on measurement of actual human skin.

And it is available to buy safely and securely on the VeriVide website for only £71 (excl VAT & Delivery).

Just click on this link Pantone SKINTONE Guide STG – 001.

The PANTONE SkinTone™ Guide is a excellent new collection of 110 skin tone shades for inspiration and use in any application where a need exist to match a skin tone to a colour standard.

Created by scientifically measuring thousands of actual skin tones across the full spectrum of human skin types the PANTONE SkinTone™ Guide has been specially formulated to be the closest physical representations of skin colours.

It is acknowledged realistic skin tone colours are notoriously difficult to reproduce and this new product greatly aids in skin colour reproduction. These Guide is a comprehensive visual reference of human skin tones for use in any market where skin colours are relevant.

Each PANTONE SkinTone number is comprised of a four-digit alphanumeric number. The first two positions reflect the hue or undertone of the skin. The second two positions represent the tone or lightness and darkness of the skin.


  •  110 colours numbered from 1Y01 SP to 4R15 SP.
  •  Each colour is identified by a unique PANTONE Number that represents both the tone and the undertone of the colour.
  •  Large-size swatch with central aperture for easy color evaluation and matching.
  •  Reverse of swatch has mock perforation to allow colour to be shared.
  •  Digital values available in PANTONE COLOR MANAGER Software.
  •  Includes colour index.
  •  Colours were developed to present the best colour match when evaluated under D65 (Daylight 6500K) lighting.
  •  Compatible with today’s digital workflows – colours easily updated in leading design applications.
BEAUTY: Matching and coordinating cosmetics to skin color.
FASHION: Bring skin color into the mix when developing colors and palettes for design and producing accessories, foundation garments and intimates.
PRODUCT DESIGN: Develop and control natural skin tones for toys and a variety of products and accessories.
PHOTOGRAPHY: Easily match skin tones for accurate photo editing and retouching.
PRINTING/PACKAGING/GRAPHIC DESIGN: Provides quality control standards for consistent and appealing skin tone reproduction.
 MEDICAL: Useful for creating baseline color standards for restorative and cosmetic surgery and prosthesis manufacture.



It is also a great tool for independent sales representatives in the cosmetic industry.

Pantone release Skintone guide

Each guide comes with free download of Color Manager Software, where users can access digital values (CMYK, rgb).

All 110 colours are arranged by their value and undertone from light to dark moving through yellow to red undertone.

In between these two extremes of ‘Fair to Dark’ are four hue groupings that span the lightness-darkness range. Within each grouping there is a descending or ascending order of hues. As you descend from darkness to lightness, the hue descriptors change from 5R being the most Red through 1R being a Neutral Red and from 1Y Neutral Yellow through 5Y which is most Yellow.

The product can be purcahsed online right now via this link to our e-commerce shop – Pantone SKINTONE guide Ref STG – 001


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