Here, I want to really talk to you about something that is very important to me, and I think it should be for all women when it comes to getting dressed. This is the personal colorimetry or the art of knowing which colors are best with your complexion! The basic principle of Color is that we all have a skin pigmentation of our own, which reacts more or less well to the different color ranges. Some of them automatically make our complexion duller, our eyes less bright and our imperfections more visible when worn.
On the contrary, other colors make us feel good since they illuminate our eyes and harmonize with our complexion. When we wear colors that are not part of our palette, we feel we are missing something by looking in the mirror, and we tend to wear more makeup to try to balance all. It is therefore essential to know our colorimetry well to know which colors to choose to feel beautiful and in harmony with what we wear!
Step 1: Determine If Your Complexion Is warm, Cool Or Neutral.
To find out which colors are best for us, we must first determine whether our complexion is rather warm or cold. Some individuals are lucky enough to have a neutral skin, that is to say, that the hot and cold are perfectly balanced, which allows them to wear all the colors. To find out if you are hot or cold, just do the following tests:
- What kind of jewelry do suits you best? If you know it’s silver; you probably have a cool complexion. If it’s gold, you’re rather on the warm side.
- Look at the veins inside your wrist. If they seem rather bluish, you have a cool complexion. If they have a greenish hue, it’s because you have a warm complexion.
- If you are someone who has enough experience with makeup and has tried several shades, ask yourself which lipstick colors you turn to most often for an interview or an appointment for example. These colors may be the ones that work best for you. Some people love to wear orange, coral and bright red on their lips (warm complexion), while some other folks always turn to bluish roses and mauves (cool complexion) like me.
- The ultimate test would be to stand in natural light with a clean face, place a white towel or sheet around your neck and look at the undertones, in your face. If you see blush, pink or blues most likely, you are cool. If you see yellow, greenish and golden most likely, you are warm. If your skin is olive, turquoise or aqua, you are most likely natural.
While warmer colors like red, orange and yellow will make your complexion duller, bring out imperfections and redness of your skin and lengthen your face. Obviously, if you have a warm complexion, the opposite will happen!
Step 2: Determine The Season That Suits You.
Now that you know if you have a cool or perhaps warm complexion, now you have to determine what your season is. Indeed, the color ranges are divided into 4 seasons: spring, summer, autumn, and winter. The two seasons that correspond to warm colors are spring and fall, and the two seasons associated with cool colors are summer and winter. To determine what season you are, you simply have to rely on the color of your hair, and associate it with your complexion.
The pale hair corresponds to blond hair, light pale brown and pale red. Dark hair is brown, dark red and black hair. If you change your hair color, your season will change too!
Step 3: Associate Your Season With Your Colors.
Now that you know what season you are, if you have followed well so far, you know that spring and autumn will be associated with warm colors: the spring composed of warmer paler colors and the autumn of warmer colors darker. At the other end of the spectrum, summer and winter are associated with cool colors: summer with cooler paler colors, and winter with cooler, darker colors.
Warning! If you have a cool complexion, which does not mean that you can never wear a pink one and if you have a warm complexion that does not mean that you can not wear blue! For the cool complexions, it’s always a question of choosing blue colors, green or mauve on the inside (a pink that draws slightly more towards the blue than towards the orange) and for the hot complexions, you want to choose colors with orange, yellow or red tones on the inside (a slightly more yellow than green blue).
So, a person with a cool complexion will be able to wear pink as the person with a warm complexion, but it will not be the same shade of pink!
You know, personally, I’m winter and the colors that I like to wear the most, and that really suits me are royal blue, gray and mauve. When I try to wear a pure orange on my lips, I always end up removing it because there is something wrong. Interestingly, the winter type people are the ones who wear the best white and pure black for example! For you, based on the ultimate test, you should right understand what works great for you.
That’s it; you know now what colors of clothing and makeup you should use for your next shopping session! These are the colors that will make you feel and look the most radiant and healthy! Then again, nothing prevents you from wearing a shade that is not at all part of your color range if you feel like it. If this color makes you happy and gives you confidence, then the goal is fully achieved!
Lastly, According to some experts, we all can wear virtually any color out there – it’s just a matter of searching out which colors suit us best. If perhaps you go way too dark, your clothing is going to throw black onto your very own face.
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