Tuesday, January 19th, 2021

So You Think You Can’t Wear Yellow?

A few decades ago if you had a colour analysis you were probably told you were an Autumn, a Winter, a Spring or a Summer. This was very useful if you had no idea of your best colours.

As time passed and more work was done with colour (which types look best in which colours) it was found that we have a much larger selection of colours that look great on us than those found in the Autumn, Winter, Spring and Summer palettes. Isn’t that great?

Living from such a small selection of colours is why many women tossed the idea of best colours aside and opted to go with whatever they liked; which is a great example of how moving from one extreme to another is not always a good idea.

Instead of choosing from a small selection of colours and looking great, they threw away skin, eye and hair clarity for a dull, dreary look.

Finding your best colours (most easily done with a colour analysis professional) can be fun. First understand the importance of intensity in colour then it’s time to work on shade.  There are many different shades of every colour in the spectrum, and you’ll look extraordinary in “your red’ for example but not in someone else’s.

Most women don’t know which colours are most flattering and when they look in the mirror check out everything from the neck down – the style and how it fits. It’s a normal thing to do because they haven’t been trained to see the difference colour is making to how their skin looks.

I remember the first time I noticed the impact of colour. I was in my early 20’s and I loved fashion, so I naturally bought what was fashionable. I bought a spring coat. It fit perfectly; it was classic and the prefect length. The problem was that when I looked in the mirror I didn’t like it. I was totally confused because it fit right (checking out from the neck down) and was flattering. I was puzzled. I couldn’t understand what was wrong with it and why I didn’t feel comfortable wearing it. So, I didn’t wear it.  It was the wrong shade of beige for my skin tone (I know now, but didn’t know it then).  It was a few years later and another incident with colour (I’ll save that story for another day) that it all came together and made sense to me. Now I know the importance of colour always make sure to wear my best colours.

The good news is that you can wear at least one specific shade of every colour in the spectrum and look fantastic.  For example, there are numerous shades of yellow, blue, beige, brown, green coral, etc.

Which shade of yellow, for example, looks great on you?  Many women believe they can’t wear yellow. The truth is there is a shade a yellow for everyone.

If you’re skin tone more cool, you’ll look best in a yellow with blue undertones. If you’re skin tone is more warm, you’ll look best in a yellow with orange undertones.

Everyone can wear both cool and warm colours (although most look best in either cool or warm). As you train your eye to see your best clarity you will begin to notice how your face lights up or looks sallow, grayed or muddy when next to certain colours. The same is true for the shades of colours.

From now on, make it a practice to look at how colour, when held near your face, changes how you look and start wearing your BEST colours.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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