Now that’s a woman who knows what colors look good on her!
It’s not your tan or new makeup, it’s what you are wearing! Using the right color for your hair and skin tone makes a big difference in how you look. Try this test:
In natural light, these are the indicators to look for when selecting the color of an item.
• Does the skin glow? Does the color cause skin imperfections or wrinkles to be less noticeable? Does it cause the face to have fewer shadows?
• Does the color bring out the highlights in hair?
• Do the eyes sparkle with this color?
Color should be an important part of creating an outfit. It can change the look in an instant and it’s a great way to create balance in your shape and make you look great. First, some insight into using color. Do you know the easy way to determine if colors go together? Some people have an eye for that, but if you don’t here are some tricks.
Colors that are opposite on the color wheel are complimentary colors. This means they work well together in your outfit. Colors that also work well for an outfit are adjacent colors. These colors are usually found in nature and have you ever see anything clash in nature. They will create harmony in an outfit. And last there is the concept of color families. They give you a great monochromatic look that creates a long slimming effect. Take a look at the color wheel below.
And there is still the old rule of white and black are considered neutral, but also gray, brown, navy and cream.
Now let’s move on to color in relation to your skin, hair and eye color. There are some colors that should just not be worn by some people. I personally cannot wear most shades of blue. You want the color up against your skin to make it glow. Some of you may have heard of the concept of “color me beautiful.” These were usually in-home shows that determined what category you were – spring, summer, fall, winter. I can still remember attending one of those parties in a stunning black pinstripe skirt suit I had just bought, at a discount of course, from the store I was working at. I was crushed when they determined I was a spring and should never wear black. Up against my face, true, never, false and this is where accessories come in. Add a scarf that complements your skin tones and that great bargain can be added to your wardrobe with confidence.
• Use a contrasting color to your hair (on the standard color wheel) next to your face.
Example: Green with red hair, purple with blonde hair. And of course if you have purple hair, yellow would look great or you just decide to go punk and have organ hair, wear blue!
• Combine a dark or bright color with a neutral.
Example: Light pastel with dark brown hair or skin.
• Repeat a large amount of the same color in a lower intensity (in a more muted tone or one that is less bright) near it.
Example: Grayed blue with clear blue eyes
• Repeat the same color in a brighter intensity, but in a small amount.
Example: Emerald green scarf with green eyes.
If you love a color that doesn’t work well, find a different shade in the same color family, try incorporating it into the outfit via accessories (an orange shoe, a red belt or bag), or use the color far from the face.
Jewel tones: emerald, sapphire, ruby, turquoise work well with virtually any hair/skin/eye combination – and they’re versatile enough for both foundation and accent clothing pieces.
Coral is a color that works for almost everyone. It flatters every skin tone!
Black and white does not go out of style; they are timeless, classic and versatile. They are, however, extremes on the color wheel. As such, they can be harsh on older skin and reveal imperfections, so use it carefully. Maybe add a red scarf at the neck. Grey, charcoals, navy, chocolate brown and creams may be better options for those of us starting to show lines of experience.
And last, colors for your body type:
- Bigger on Top – use a light color on the bottom and dark on top
- Bigger on the Bottom – put that bright splash of color on top
- A little extra in the middle – focus color around the face
- Curvy – you can use color to the extent you want to accentuate
- Not Curvy – use color to add volume
What outfits are hiding in your closet?