Happy Saturday babes!
As a part of our three-part series covering some fashion basics, we’re excited to bring to you Part Two – color guide. I’m sure you’re thinking even kindergartener’s know what colors are . . . HOWEVER, theres more to colors than meets the eye! Did you know that certain colors can spark emotion, physical reactions, change mood and attract attention? There are certain colors that compliment different skin tones, hair colors, eye colors, etc. There are also certain colors that pair well together that will make putting together outfits more simplified. Ready to dive in!?
This is the color wheel. As you can tell there are the primary, secondary and tertiary color schemes. The primary colors (yellow, red, blue) can be mixed to form any of the other colors on the wheel, which is what makes them primary – all other colors stem from them.
Splitting the color wheel in half can tell you which colors have cool (green, blue, violet) undertones and which are warm (yellow, orange, red) undertones. Warm hues are full of energy and bright while cool hues are more calm and subdued.
Complimentary colors are directly across from each other on the color wheel – blue and orange, violet and yellow, green and red creating a striking harmony.
Analogous colors are right next to each other on the color wheel and also work together in harmony. You could continue on into triad, rectangular and split-complimentary colors, but we won’t complicate things for you!
Moving onto what colors look best on which skin tone, you must first know what your skin tone is. If you look at the veins on your wrist and see blue or purple, you’re most likely cool toned. If your veins are more green, you’re most likely warm toned. If you can’t tell one way or the other, you’re most likely neutral. An additional test would be holding a white piece of paper next to your face. If your face looks yellowish, greenish or light brown, you would be considered warm-toned. If your face appears more pink, rosy or blue, you would be considered cool-toned. If your skin appears gray or ashen then you would be considered neutral.
Now that you have distinguished what skin-tone category you fall under, you can now identify what colors will compliment you best. As a rule of thumb, warm-toned skin will look best in colors on the warm side of the color wheel while cool-toned skin will look best in colors on the cool side of the color wheel respectively.
Hair color: range from dark brown to dark blonde
Skin tone: greenish/yellowish (golden) undertone also olive completions
Warm colors: orange, red, golden yellow, amber, honey gold
Cool colors: olive, deep turquoise, green moss, fern, pesto, magenta, orchid
Neutral colors: taupe, hot chocolate, creamy whites, winter wheat, latte
Avoid: ruby, sapphire, amethyst
Hair color: range from very dark (black) to light blonde
Skin tone: blueish undertone (can range from very fair to very dark)
Warm colors: ruby, bright rose, cherry, shocking pink
Cool colors: bright blue, royal blue, sapphire, emerald, amethyst, deep purples, lavender, lilac snow
Neutral colors: gray, navy, pristine white
Avoid: orange, yellow
Hair color: combo (blonde with ashy streaks or brown with warmer tones)
Eye color: more than likely hazel
Skin tone: could go either way (hard to determine which)
Go-to colors: neutral in the middle of color spectrum – light peach, dusty pink, soft rose, peony pink, placid blue, jade green, camo green
Neutral colors: taupes, gray, off-white, vanilla
Avoid: reds, yellow, bright colors
There are some colors that look great on any skin tone such as pure white. Light blush pink brightens any skin tone while teal and eggplant also accentuate your skin tone.
We hope you learned some new things and how you can best accentuate your skin tone by putting to use your knowledge of the color wheel! Drop a heart with your favorite color! 💗❤️🧡💛💚💙💜🖤