If someone ever tells you that a certain color is not right for you, shut them out. You don’t need any kind of pessimism in your life. You can carry any color you like if you can accessorize it with confidence.
That said, some colors look more flattering than others. This is how we all get to find our favourites.
Some people think they rock red better than any other color while others feel blue is what makes them look their best. It isn’t just in their heads. These are actual facts backed by science.
Consider a color wheel. If you have ever seen it, you must have noticed that for each color there is a compliment and contrast. That is the basis of color theory. You can use this basic knowledge of colors to find out “your” colors. Wear those colors to further enhance your natural skin tone. And before we find those colors, let’s find out your skin tone.
What is your skin tone?
The tone of your skin is not the same as its color or complexion. People with completely different shades of skin can have the same skin tone. And people with almost similar color can have completely different skin tones.
It won’t be wrong to say that skin tone goes skin deep. While your skin color can change with the weather and other factors, your tone remains the same throughout your life.
The tone is what helps you determine everything from the color of your hair to the color of clothes you should wear. It is extremely important for choosing the right foundation. Women who wear makeup often tend to know a lot about their tones, but men are usually unaware of it.
It can be the reason most men don’t experiment a lot with colors and limit their palette to one or three hues. From suits to genuine leather jacket mens wear don’t offer a lot of choices. Even if they do, men aren’t very comfortable with bold choices.
It doesn’t have to be that way. And that is why we present to you a complete guide to your skin tone and the right colors.
Tones and undertones for starters
We all know that skin tone can be dark, fair, or medium – but that’s not all. It is the undertone that really matters. For starters, let’s just break things down in three types of undertones: warm tones, cool tones, and neutral tones.
- Warmer tones are close to yellows, greens, and browns on the spectrum. Orange or peach are rare, but they also fall in the warm category. They have a hint of gold.
- Cooler tones look rosy and pink. They have a hint of blue.
- Neutral tones don’t seem too yellow or too pink. If set against a white paper, they seem grey or ashy. People with neutral tones tend to be lucky.
A simple way to determine your skin tone is to look at the color of veins in your wrist. If they are blue, you have a cool tone. If they are green, you have a warmer tone. If it’s hard to tell whether they are blue or green, it means you have a neutral skin tone.
You can also try the gold and silver test to find your undertone.
Some rules to follow when choosing “your” colors
In all honesty, there aren’t a lot of rules, and none of the existing ones are etched in stones. You can opt for whatever you want to wear and feel like wearing. However, if you are really looking for a color that can enhance your gifted features and skin tone, keep these guidelines in mind.
- First, let’s talk about pale complexion with cool undertones. You are likely to have blonde or light colored hair. Warm and Earthy colors are your best friends. They will add warmth to your skin and won’t wash you out like cooler shades. Black or white isn’t exactly what you should aim for.
- Medium complexion often has a neutral undertone, but there are exceptions. If your undertone is warm, you can choose most colors without a problem. You can even rock bold and bright colors without a problem. Pink and peach shades also look flattering on people with this kind of skin tone. If your skin tone is cool, it is best to stick to the lighter side of the spectrum. Go for colors such as beige and light blue.
- If you have warm skin tones, you should avoid earthy tones as they can wash you down. Unlike men with cool skin tone, you can actually rock both black and white. You can also go for deeper shapes or primary colors. If you have warm tones and dark complexion, pastel colors would seem the best.
Staying on the safe side
If you just can’t determine your skin tone or aren’t comfortable with risky experimentation, there are some safer options to bet on. There are certain shades that have a universal appeal, and they look good on any complexion or skin tone. They look amazing on men and women alike.
These colors are eggplant purple, true red, Indian teal, and mellow rose.
Keep in mind that we are discussing shades here rather than just colors. The reason that they are so universally flattering could be because they are on the neutral side of the spectrum. They are not too warm and not too cool.
So, if you don’t want to limit your choices to black, white, or blue, try one of these shades.
How to wear “your” color?
No matter how flattering a color looks on you, it is never a good idea to drench yourself in one color. Even if you are wearing a pant suit, there has to be a different colored tie, belt, or shirt to break the monotony.
If “your” color happens to be too bright or bold, use it as an accent and pair it with subdued neutral. If bright red is your color, wear a red leather jacket with black jeans and tee.
While fashion rarely follows any rule, it always helps to know what looks best on you. Finding the right color according to your skin tone is the key to finding what suits you the best.
About Ashley Rosa: Ashley Rosa is a freelance writer and blogger. As writing is her passion that why she loves to write articles related to the latest trends in technology and sometimes on health-tech as well. She is crazy about chocolates. You can find her at twitter: @ashrosa2.