Choosing the right colours for your wardrobe will give you that “glow”. You’ll look better, brighter, healthier, and more confident. Choosing the wrong colours will do the opposite. You’ll look tired, dull and your clothes will just not work for you even if it’s an otherwise beautiful outfit.

How do you figure our your colour pallete?

1. Understand skin tones

Skin tone refers to the surface colour of your skin, which can be categorised as fair, light, medium, tan, or deep. It’s what you see when you look at your skin in natural light. On the other hand, undertone refers to the subtle hue beneath the surface of your skin that can influence how colours appear on you.

2. Determine your skin undertone

Understanding your skin undertone is key to selecting not only the most flattering clothing but also the right makeup and hair colours. If you want to look your best, you’ve got to know this stuff. Here’s how to work it out:

Vein Test: Look at the veins on the inside of your wrist under natural light.

  • If your veins look more green, you probably have warm undertones.
  • If your veins appear more blue or purple, you likely have cool undertones.
  • If you can’t clearly tell if your veins are blue or green, you might have neutral undertones.

Jewelry Test:

  • If gold jewelry enhances your complexion more, you likely have warm undertones.
  • If silver jewelry looks better on you, you probably have cool undertones.
  • If both gold and silver jewelry suit you, you might have neutral undertones

Sun Reaction Test:

  • If you tan easily and rarely burn, you probably have warm undertones.
  • If you tend to burn easily and rarely tan, you likely have cool undertones.
  • If you burn and then tan or have a combination reaction, you might have neutral undertones.’

White Paper Test: Hold a piece of white paper next to your face in natural light.

  • If your skin looks rosy, pink, or bluish against the white paper, you likely have cool undertones.
  • If your skin appears yellow, golden, or peachy, you probably have warm undertones.
  • If your skin looks grayish or you can’t determine a clear hue, you might have neutral undertones.

Natural Hair and Eye Color:

  • People with cool undertones often have blue, gray, or green eyes and blond, black, or brown hair with ashy tones.
  • Those with warm undertones often have brown, amber, or hazel eyes and blond, black, or brown hair with golden or red tones.
  • If your hair and eye colours don’t strongly indicate one category, you might have neutral undertones.

3. Match your colour

Cool Undertones

Cool undertones generally have hints of pink, red, or blue in their skin. People with cool undertones look best in colours that also have cool hues.

Best Colours:

  1. Blues: Navy, cobalt, royal blue, sky blue
  2. Greens: Emerald, jade, turquoise
  3. Purples: Lavender, plum, violet, true purple
  4. Pinks: Fuchsia, magenta, cool pinks
  5. Reds: Cherry red, ruby, burgundy
  6. Neutrals: Cool grays, pure white, black

Avoid:

  • Earth tones like oranges and yellows that can make the skin appear sallow or washed out.

Warm Undertones

Warm undertones usually have golden, yellow, or peachy tones. People with warm undertones look best in colours that reflect warmth.

Best Colours:

  1. Yellows: Mustard, golden yellow, amber
  2. Oranges: Tangerine, coral, peach
  3. Reds: Tomato red, brick red, warm burgundy
  4. Browns: Chocolate, caramel, beige, camel
  5. Greens: Olive, moss, leaf green
  6. Neutrals: Warm beige, cream, ivory

Avoid:

  • Cool tones like icy blues and purples that can clash with the skin’s warmth.

Neutral Undertones

Neutral undertones have a balance of both cool and warm hues and can often wear a wider range of colours.

Best Colors:

  1. Neutrals: Cream, taupe, soft white, mid-range grays
  2. Blues: Teal, aqua, true blue
  3. Greens: Sage, jade, pistachio
  4. Pinks: Blush, rose, salmon
  5. Purples: Mauve, soft lavender, heather purple
  6. Reds: True red, watermelon

While guidelines based on skin tone, undertones, hair colour, and eye colour can be helpful, it’s also important to trust your instincts and experiment with different colours. Try on clothing in various shades and observe how they make you feel and how they complement your natural features. Pay attention to compliments you receive when wearing certain colours – that’s your biggest sign that those colours suit you well. 

And if you love a colour but it’s not your colour, does that mean it’s off limits?

Nope! Use it as an accent colour. Get all the accessories (your shoes, your handbags, and belts) in all the colours of your wildest dreams. 

After all, fashion is all about expressing your unique style and personality. By understanding your skin undertone and choosing colours that flatter it, then experimenting and adding your own personal touches, you can create a wardrobe that enhances your natural inner and outer beauty.