Pantone Skin Tone Guide

Pantone Skin Tone Guide

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An exciting collection of 110 skin tone shades for inspiration and use in any application where skin tone needs to be matched to a colour standard.

The PANTONE SkinTone Guide was created by scientifically measuring thousands of actual skin tones across the full spectrum of human skin types. Specially formulated to be the closest physical representations of skin colours, the library is a comprehensive visual reference of human skin tones for use in any market where skin colours are relevant. It’s the only internationally available colour standard to accurately match skin tones.

Just a few of the many uses The PANTONE SkinTone Guide...

Matching and coordinating cosmetics to skin colour.

Bring skin colour into the mix when developing colours and palettes for design and producing accessories, foundation garments and intimates.

Develop and control natural skin tones for toys and a variety of products and accessories.

Easily match skin tones for accurate photo editing and retouching.

Provides quality control standards for consistent and appealing skin tone reproduction.

Useful for creating baseline colour standards for restorative and cosmetic surgery and prosthesis manufacture.


  • 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 colour 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

The PANTONE SkinTone Guide Numbering System

Each PANTONE SkinTone number is comprised of a four-digit alpha numeric 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.