If you want to wear clothes that enhance your natural beauty, start by figuring out what colors really suit your skin tone, hair and eyes. Once you know which shades flatter you the most, you can design a wardrobe that takes full advantage of your natural complexion.
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You may hear terms like "warm," "cool," or "neutral" in reference to yoursskin color. You'll want to know what these terms mean and find out which one best describes your skin tone in order to choose the most beautiful color to wear.
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In clothes and makeupshades in your skin, hair and eye color provide valuable clues as to which colors suit you best. However, there is a misconception that if you're pale you can't be warm-skinned, and if you're dark-skinned you can't be cool - but that's not true!
Below are some of the best color shades according to your complexion and skin tone, and the colors you should stay away from.
If you have a warm complexion, your skin is likely to be creamy white, peach-beige, golden-olive or honey-brown.
Your natural hair color will be cream or pewter white, golden or strawberry blonde, golden or caramel brown, an almost black shade of brown, copper or wine red.
The best shades for warm coloring
The colors that will suit you best are:
- Rich, earthyshades of red
- Rust and burnt oranges
- Yellow mustard and citrus
- Khaki and olive green
- Chocolate brown
These special shades will accentuate your golden undertones and make you look really radiant. Peach, coral and red-violet shades are also perfect for your complexion.
Although blue is not an immediate choice for warm tones, navy blue and navy blue suit you best. Anything colder can make your skin look grey. For neutral shades, look for warm grays and off-whites.
Your skin is cool white, pink beige or rose pink, olive with blue or green undertones, black with blue undertones, or pinkish brown.
Your natural hair color can be ash blonde, sand blonde, highlights, ash or dark brown, black with blue tones, auburn, snow white or silver grey.
Cold coloring shades
Unlike warm skin tones, your blue undertones pair well with teal tones like:
- Cobalt blue and turquoise
- Ice blue
- Greens (especially mint and green grass)
- Cold purples and roses
- Berry red
For neutrals, stick to cool grays and bold whites. Warm shades like orange, tomato red and yellow are colors that should be avoided or worn sparingly as they can overwhelm yourcool complexion.
Your skin is ivory, beige, light to medium olive or light brown, and your natural hair color is blonde, brown,Redor white/grey. The combination of your skin, hair color and eye color has both warm and cool undertones.
Since you have a mix of both shades, you're lucky to be able to wear the entire color spectrum.
- Your standout winning color is true red.
- Opt for softened sherbet shades like muted raspberry, cream, lemon and lavender.
- Rich, bright or neon colors can unbalance your complexion.
Deep and darker shades
For deep and darker skin tones, you want to emphasize your natural color. The color range extends from mahogany to deep honey and rich honey. You can choose between rich, vivid and bright colors. Lighter colors contrast well with the complexion.
Your hair color can be dark brown/black, red, chestnut or grey, but you can also opt for a light color such as blue or any other unusual light color:
- Gold or other metallic color
- Light yellow
- White or cream
- Cobalt or light blue
- Purple or lavender color
- Red or light pink
- Orange or peach
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Palette from light to pale colors
Each of these colors will beautifully complement your deep and/or darker complexion. From dazzling crisp whites to dreamily soft creams, the brighter colors contrast perfectly with your skin tone. You have many choices of soft colors such as light blue, summer lavender, light pink, coral peach and the bright light of new green colors.
Dark olive undertone
Olive skin tone has green and/or yellow undertones. You can choose colors that complement yellow and green, but you'll want to go for lighter or darker shades for the best color.
Your ideal hair color can be dark red, chestnut, black or a contrasting light color. Add some lighter highlights to accentuate your dark olive skin:
- Light brown/cream or brown
- Gray or gold
- Red or burgundy
- Fuchsia or hot pink
- Orange or carrot
- Electric blue or blue
Colors that suit everyone
There are several colors that will work universally on all skin tones and hair colors. This is because they provide an equal balance of warm and cool tones. These colors include:
- True red
- Pink blush
If you're interested in a more in-depth analysis to help you figure out whether warm or cool colors suit you better, you can do a color season analysis. VisitColorMeBeautiful.comto complete an online season analysis based on your unique features or usageInternational Association of Image Consultants(AICI) to find a professional image consultant in your area.
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If you are winter, your skin color may be pale, olive or dark; skin tones are usually blue or rose-pink. The color of the hair and eyes often contrasts with the skin. Black, dark or white blonde hair are typical winter hair colors.
Winters look great with deep, rich colors like black, navy, scarlet, and deep pink. Ice pastels like silver, sky blue, bright sunny yellow and pink can also look great. Bright white is another good color for many winters as this completely neutral color works well with contrasting hair and eye color.
If you are spring, your skin tone may be golden yellow. The skin color is usually cream or peach, and the hair color varies from auburn to golden and strawberry blonde. Springlings often have freckles and a lighter eye color.
Spring looks best in soft, rich colors. Warm colors such as peach, golden yellow, copper, coral and brown shades of warm tones are good choices. Bright aquas, greens and royal blues can also look stunning. Instead of bright white, springers can opt for rich, creamy ivory as part of their wardrobe.
If you are autumn, your complexion is usually golden, with peach, beige and golden brown skin tones. Red, reddish brown, dark blue and rich brown or brown/black hair tones are common this season. Fall also tends to have darker eye color.
Fall looks beautiful in rich neutrals as well as earth tones and spicy colors. Consider olive, forest or moss green, shades of orange, gray, dark brown, dark brown, burgundy, purple, as well as camel and rich beige.
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If you are summer, skin tones can be pale blue or light pink. The skin may be pale or pink. Light eyes and blonde or light brown hair are typical of summer.
Summers look great in soft shades and muted colors with cool undertones (or light neutral tones). Some of the best colors for summer include muted or pink, pale yellow, lavender or light purple and powder blue. Delicate white will also work well this season.
You can also take a looktraditional colors of each seasonand learn more about how colors in fashion change with the seasons to help you choose your shades.
Tips and tricks to discover your tone
Discovering the shades that suit you best is not an easy task. Check out the additional tips below to help you discover the best colors.
See magazines for reference
Fashion and celebrity magazines(as well as websites) are filled with full-length photos of the best-dressed models and celebrities every week. Find a celebrity who has similar hair, skin, and eye color to you and see the colors they usually wear over and over again. When do they look best and when do they look faded?
What type of jewelry looks best on you?
Isilver and platinum metalslooks better on you, you probably have a cool undertone. If you prefer gold or rose gold, you're more on the warm tone spectrum.
Check your veins
It's best to look at the inside of your wrist, because that's where the skin is the most delicate. To havelook at your veins. If they look more blue, your skin probably has a cool undertone. If they look greenish, then you have a warm skin tone - because you can see your veins through your yellowish skin (blue + yellow = green!)
What happens when you catch the sun?
If you are someone who burns and turns pink after being in the sun, you have cooler undertones. If you change the color to golden brown, your skin has a warmer shade.
You can try on a shirt you love in the store, but it doesn't fit as well as you thought. Once you know which colors suit your skin tone best, you can have better luck with your purchases.
All this does not mean that you always have to stick to one of the suggested colors. These are guidelines, not rigid rules! However, they do serve to tell you which colors are likely to work best for you. These colors will enhance your natural complexion and features without interfering with your hair or skin tones.
Of course, if you ever drastically change your hair color, the colors that suit you best will change a bit, so it's important to be aware of this. You should use your newfound knowledge when choosing colors for makeup and clothes. Thus, your face and clothes will harmoniously merge into an amazing look.
Stick to your best shades
You'll feel great in whatever you wear if you know what colors flatter your skin. When you wear colors that complement, rather than clash with, your skin tone, you're adapting to your body and natural complexion, so you look and feel your best.
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