Knowing your best colors will make shopping and getting dressed a much easier task. But how can you tell what your best colors are?
The scarf above is a good example of warm colors. I would look washed out and tired if I wore this scarf because it is not in harmony with my cool coloring. It is from my shop here.
By contrast, the scarf above has cool vivid colors. It would make me appear to be well rested and happier. This scarf is also from my shop here.
Most people have a warm undertone or a cool undertone to their skin. One way to determine your skin tone is to look at the veins on the back of your wrist. The photo above is a scan of my wrist. You can see that the veins look blue. That is because the red is being seen through skin that has a blue undertone. I look best in silver-tone jewelry. If you have an olive or golden skin, your veins will appear to be green. That means you have a warm golden undertone. You will look best in gold-tone jewelry. There are a few people who have neutral skin tone. Your veins will appear brownish but not so much blue or green. Those folks can make almost any color work for them.
I had to go back to early last year to find an example of me wearing a color that isn’t right for me. This pale aqua is too dusty for me. Notice how much healthier I look in royal blue.
You can also look at the iris of your eye to get a clue as to which colors look best on you. My eyes are bright blue without a hint of gold flecks. That is why vivid royal blue looks great on me. In contrast, olive or camel worn near my face makes me look as if I have been sick in bed for a week. Royal blue is in harmony with my coloring. When I wear red, it needs to be a clear blue-red with no hint of orange or gold.
I do not take into consideration the color of my hair when determining what colors are best for me. Hair color changes throughout our lives. I had pale blonde hair as a toddler, and it got much darker as I grew up. In my twenties, it started to turn gray. I now have mostly silver-gray hair. If you color your hair and it is like mine, it will grab a brassy tone that will always be in conflict with your cool skin tone.
Your best colors are those which harmonize with the colors found in your eyes and skin. When you blush, do you see pink or peach in your checks? That will help you to determine lip colors and blush that will look most natural on you. If your eyes have flecks of gold or a ring of gold in the iris, you will look best in colors that have a golden undertone. Consider colors such as mustard, olive, cream, paprika, camel, orange, and brown. If you see no hint of gold in your eyes or in your skin, steer clear of anything that appears golden.
The main reason to wear your best colors is because you will appear well rested and happy. When I wear colors in the beige or gold family, the shadows around my eyes, nose and mouth appear much darker. My hair appears dull and lifeless. I don’t feel very confident when I know I don’t look my best. Another reason to know your best colors is that not only will they be in harmony with your natural palette of colors, they will also work well with each other to make mixing and matching your wardrobe so much easier.