The right color palette has the potential to make you look younger, your teeth look whiter, and your hair appear healthier. A color that flatters you will generally bring out your eyes and cause skin “imperfections” to be somewhat minimized, even before makeup.
To discover your color palette, read on.
Learning What NOT to Do
Over the years, I have made so many fashion mistakes. Many of those mistakes could have been easily avoided, had I known my true colors.
I am mostly a “spring chick” who can wear a few autumn shades. Some of the color mistakes I used to make involved: wearing a light plum-shaded blush (this tends to go better with cool seasons, which we’ll get into), shimmery, super pink lipstick, a very bright yellow shirt, a gray skirt (though not with the bright yellow shirt), and silver earrings.
Determining Your Season (Winter, Spring, Summer, or Fall)
According to colormepretty.co:
When it comes to skin tone, cooler tones (cool ebony, rosy pink, pale white) will generally be summer or winter.
Warmer tones (bronze, warm brown, peachy) will generally be autumn or spring.
If you have auburn, deep red, or warm brown hair, then your season is probably autumn.
If your hair is raven black or a cool dark brown, your season may be winter.
If you have blonde or brown hair with no red or golden flecks, you’re probably a summer.
And if your hair is a strawberry/sunny blonde or a light red, then your season is probably spring.
If you have golden flecks in the eyes, this increases your likelihood of being an autumn or spring. If you have hazel, warm green, or warm brown eyes, these are spring or autumn colors.
If your eyes are blue, gray, or very deep brown (almost black), you may be summer or winter (although if you have warmer hair or skin, these characteristics may still predominate, making you spring or autumn.)
What If My Features Aren’t All Warm or All Cool?
Where the tones of your eyes, skin, and hair “conflict”, I’ve found hair to be the most important factor in determining season. Others might argue that eyes or skin tone are equally or more important. In the end, it all just boils down to what palette(s) work best for you and make you look and feel the most vibrant.
For example, I have strawberry blonde-brown hair. But my skin is a cool or neutral tone. My eyes are a mix of cool and warm.
Since my hair comprises a significant proportion of my facial presentation (visually, the hair occupies more space than the eyes) – warm or neutral palettes are the friendliest for me, as they complement my loudest feature (by way of size) – my hair.
However, the predominance of hair in determining seasons may be more applicable for those with warm-toned hair. In the case of cool hair and a warm skin tone, it’s possible that the skin tone would be more important in defining one’s palette.
Winter people look best in cool tones. They particularly shine in lighter and icier or darker and richer tones than found in the summer palette. Many winter shades are stark, bold, and crisp.
Icy grays and blues, pastels, deep reds and certain bright reds, various pinks and yellows, and arctic white can beautifully complement the facial features of a winter person.
For makeup wearers: A deep red lipstick and black eyeliner can be incredibly flattering. Less is typically more with the blush.
(Of course, countless hair/eye/skin combinations are possible within the winter season alone, so your best makeup look may be partially or completely different from the suggestions here.)
Jewelry: In general, stick with silver-toned metal for your jewelry.
Some great spring tones tend to be: navy, burgundy, spring green, other warm greens, sage, warm browns, peach, and pumpkin.
Makeup wearers: Brown and olive green liners can add a nice touch without overpowering your other features. Depending on your eye color, blue liner and mascara may agree with you, too. A rose-gold eyeshadow is perfect for many occasions. For a bolder look, try blue shadow. Generally, you’ll want to limit or skip any black shades for your eye makeup.
For the lips, go with warm browns/nudes, or reddish browns. Anything too pink is likely to clash with the warm tones in your hair or skin. Mauves or berry shades can sometimes work.
If you’re into contouring, try doing so subtly with a warm copper bronzer.
As far as blush goes, stick with peachy tones. One caveat: it is easy for springs to look overdone with the rouge. Too much blush can unfortunately lead people to make unfair assumptions about you, so apply sparingly. 😳
Jewelry: In general, stick with gold and copper toned metals for your jewelry, as well as earthy tones and leather (or faux leather).
As with winters, summers should stick with cool shades. Royal blue, pinks, grays, lavender, and (often) black can look stunning on a summer.
Makeup wearers: For the lips, go with pinks and mauves. Certain shades of red can look amazing as well (just nothing too warm).
Summers usually look great without blush, but if it’s part of your makeup routine, try going with a light rose or plum shade.
Complete with a fine line of black, blue, or purple eyeliner and a dab of black or blue mascara. If you’re an eyeshadow person, pinks and blues tend to be super flattering for summers.
Jewelry: Go for silver-toned metals.
Autumns can usually pull off charcoal, black (especially for evenings), warm greens, warm browns, navy, burgundy, medium or deep warm reds, cream, and pumpkin. They’ll want to steer clear of anything pink.
Makeup wearers: Go with browns, blacks, berry tones, and purples for the eyes. Mauve or deep red lipstick can look great on autumns, too.
Contouring with a dark liquid concealer and/or highlighting with a light, shimmery liquid or powder can look pretty bomb as well.
Jewelry: Go with gold, coppery, and earthen tones.
For more help figuring out your season, check out colormepretty.co.
Thanks for reading! 🙂 <3
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