Do you offer helpful hints when selecting a Colors of the World skin tone and undertone?

What are skin tones? 

Your skin tone is the genetic amount of melanin, naturally occurring dark brown or black pigments, in the outermost layer of your skin. Skin tones can change over time for various reasons. 

What is your skin tone? 

There are 3 traditional skin tones: Light, Medium, and Deep.

  • Light or fair skin tone: Contains a small amount of melanin within the skin.
  • Medium skin tone: Contains a fair amount of melanin within the skin, is a neutral colour, and has a beige appearance. This skin tone is often referred to as an olive” colour. 
  • Deep skin tone: Contains a large amount of melanin within the skin.

What are undertones? 

Undertones are the natural colours underneath the surface of your skin. Because undertones are under the surface of the skin, you can have the same skin tone as another person, but have a completely different undertone. Undertones are not based on skin tone. For instance, a light skin tone can have a warm undertone and a deep skin tone can have a cool undertone. Also, undertones remain the same, even when you tan. There are 3 traditional undertones: Rose, Almond, and Golden.

  • Pink, blue, and/​or red hues under the skin = Rose, pink or cool undertone
  • A mixture of warm and cool hues typically the same colour as your skin tone = Almond, neutral or olive undertone 
  • Peach, yellow, and/​or gold hues under the skin = Golden or warm undertone

What is your undertone?

You can identify your undertone by using the colour of your veins. In natural light, what colour are the veins under your skin on the inside of your arm or wrist? 

  • Blue and/​or purple veins = Rose or cool undertone
  • Colourless, same colour as your skin, and/​or a combination of blue and green veins = Almond or neutral undertone 
  • Green and/​or olive veins = Golden or warm undertone

Tips for selecting your Colors of the World skin tone crayon colour:

  • Check out the colour panels on the side of the Colors of the World crayon box. 
    • Match: Use crayon box colour panels or create colour swatches.
    • Select: Pick colours closest to your skin tone. 
    • Colour: Draw your #TrueSelfie with your unique colours!

Another way to find your skin tone crayon is to colour a small area on a piece of paper with the crayon colours closest to your skin tone. Compare the areas with the inside of your arm or wrist, and select the crayon colour that best matches your skin tone. 

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1990 — For the first time in Crayola history eight colours were retired and placed in the Crayola Hall of Fame: maize, lemon yellow, blue gray, raw umber, green blue, orange red, orange yellow, and violet blue. Eight new colours were added: vivid tangerine, jungle green, cerulean, fuchsia, dandelion, teal blue, royal purple, and wild strawberry.

2003 — As part of our centennial celebration, the colours blizzard blue, magic mint, mulberry, and teal blue were retired. Four new colours were introduced for the next century: inchworm, mango tango, wild blue yonder, and jazzberry jam; Consumers voted to Save the Shade” and saved burnt sienna from retirement. 

March 31, 2017 — In celebration of National Crayon Day, we announced that Dandelion would be retiring. To celebrate, we sent Dandelion on a retirement tour to all of his favourite places. His replacement was announced on May 5, 2017. For more details on our new blue, click here.

We currently manufacture 120 different Crayola Crayon colours, not including specialty colours. Check out our Explore Colours section at Cray​ola​.com to see them all!

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The 100 billionth Crayola Crayon, named blue ribbon”, was created on February 6, 1996 by Mr. Fred Rogers. To commemorate the making of the 100 billionth crayon, we produced a limited edition Crayola 96 Big Box. Each specially marked box included a commemorative blue ribbon crayon with a white label. Winning crayons were wrapped in foil labels. While the contest has expired and all prizes had to be claimed by June 10, 1996, blue ribbon crayons continue to be special keepsake or collectible crayons.
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To remove crayon stains from a dryer drum, spray a soft cloth with WD-40 and wipe the drum. Next, remove any WD-40 residue by washing the dryer drum with warm soapy water. Then run a load of dry rags through a regular drying cycle. Please bear in mind, all the stain removal suggestions we offer have been tested in our laboratory, but we are unable to guarantee the results. We recommend you test our suggestion in an inconspicuous area first. Additional stain removal information can be found at http://​www​.cray​ola​.com/​s​u​p​p​o​r​t​/​s​t​a​i​n​-​t​i​p​s​-​l​a​n​d​i​n​g​/​c​r​a​y​o​n​s​-​r​e​g​u​l​a​r​/​c​r​a​y​o​n​s​-​r​e​g​u​l​a​r​-​o​n​-​f​a​b​r​i​c​s​f​r​e​s​h​-​s​t​a​i​n​s​h​e​a​t​s​e​t​-​s​t​a​i​n​s​m​e​l​t​e​d​.aspx . If you have any further questions, please call (800) 2729652 weekdays between 9:00 AM and 4:00 PM Eastern Time and a representative will be happy to assist you.
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You can purchase them by the case (360 packs) on Crayola Canada’s online store.
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In 1958 the box of 64 Crayola Crayons was introduced. It was the first package to include a built-in sharpener design. We continue to manufacture this package design today in the 64 and 96 count Crayola Crayon package.

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It is difficult to provide an exact shelf life for Crayola products because it depends on how and where they have been stored. Our products are generally tested on the basis of how they are used, rather than how long they have remained unused. We stand behind the Crayola brand name and will work to take care of any quality issue you may encounter. If you have any further questions, please call (800) 2729652 weekdays between 9:00 AM and 4:00 PM Eastern Time and a representative will be happy to assist you.

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In 1900, prior to the introduction of Crayola Crayons, we produced black marking crayons. These crayons were created with dry carbon black and different waxes. Today these are known as Staonal brand Marking Crayons and are used in many industrial settings.

The first box of Crayola Crayons was produced in 1903 as an 8‑count box. It sold for a nickel and contained the colours red, orange, yellow, green, blue, violet, brown and black. Click here to view the History of Crayola Timeline.

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We do not currently offer a program for recycling broken crayons sent to us by consumers. Because our #1 goal is to provide safe, high quality Crayola products, our raw materials must adhere to high standards and pass strict screening tests. Unfortunately, we would not be able to introduce recycled” crayon wax into our mixtures, and still be able to guarantee the safety and performance of Crayola crayons. For information about crafts involving the use of melted crayons, please visit http://www.crayola.com/things-to-do/how-to-landing/melted-crayons.aspx”>http://www.crayola.com/things-to-do/how-to-landing/melted-crayons.aspx. To learn about Crayola’s recycling efforts and how we work to keep the environment green, go to http://www.crayola.com/about-us/green-initiatives.aspx”>green initiative.
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