“Discover which shades of color in clothes complement your natural coloring to look healthier, sexier and more powerful.” – Carole Jackson
Cool or Warm?
That icy pink dress looks fantastic on her! I like this color so much, but when I wear it, it drains my facial color, I look unwell: it’s just not for me.
For most of us, we look in our wardrobe and see a limited number of colors; we hesitate to change and find ourselves adding more items of the same colors over and over again, we feel they blend with our skin tone and we love what we see in the mirror. We promise ourselves to add more colors next time we go shopping, but we hesitate: “I remember the last time I purchased a new color I loved so much on my favorite star, but no no, it was not for me.” wasted time, wasted money. Sounds familiar, right?
Wearing color can be tricky if you don’t know what your “skin undertone” is and it becomes fun once you get it. So, what is it? And how can you tell what colors are best for you?
Determine Your Skin Undertone
This involves looking beyond your skin color to discover the undertone that gives definition to your look. These are either Cool (pink, red-blue or bluish undertones) or Warm (yellow, peachy, golden undertones).
So, how can you determine into which category you fall?
It can be challenging to go about finding out whether you fall under warm or cool undertone without the help of a professional. There is no definitive test or hard rules. If you love a color that isn’t the best for you, that doesn’t mean you have to stop wearing it! Consider using it as an accent color with a belt, scarf, shoes, or handbag or as bottom away from your face.
It is generally agreed, that the wrong colors will draw attention to such flaws as wrinkles or uneven skin tone while harmonious colors will enhance the natural beauty of the individual making them appear healthy and fresh-faced.
Now To The Test
Before taking the test, clean your face from any cosmetics or lotions, grab a mirror and place it still in natural daylight as artificial light might change the appearance of your skin’s undertone.
- Flip your hand palm up and look at the veins on the inside of your wrist. Are they blue or green? If they look bluish, you likely have a cool undertone. If the veins look greenish, you’re warm. If you cannot tell, continue with the next test
- Use a plain white piece of paper. Hold the paper up to your face and compare how your skin looks in contrast to the paper. If your skin looks yellowish, greenish, or light brown, then you likely have a warm skin tone. If your skin looks pink, rosy, or blue, then you have a cool skin tone.
- Think about whether you look better in silver or gold jewelry. Girls with cool undertones look better in silver and platinum metals, and warm-toned women look better in gold.
- How does your skin react to the sun? People who tan easily instead of burn usually have warm skin tones. People who burn rather than tan typically have cool skin tones.
So, What Are Your Colors?
While we define skin undertone under either Warm or Cold, you may be a mixture of both described as “Neutral.” In this case, you can wear most colors, it is better, however, to stay away from brighter colors except for red, which looks terrific on this skin tone.
“In the right colors your skin looks luminous, creamy and beautiful: this is the Magic of Color.” – Gillian Armour
As you take the different tests, it may overwhelm you, or you may feel confused. Know that there are various methods and terminologies for color analysis and none of them is perfect. I have chosen what I think is practical and easy to implement. But I leave you with this advice: look into your closet: these colors you look your best at, are yours! Add from the same category. Now, when you go shopping, put the color near your skin, watch your face and look at the areas around your eyes – does the color bring out shadows and dark circles or make them disappear? Look at your face as a whole: if the eye travels to the face first, you’ve got the right color, and so your complexion will look even and bright: this is the magic of color and how it can transform your look when appropriately used.