By Kathy Moses
It seems easy enough. Choosing the right colors can bring out your features, making your eyes sparkle and you skin glow. The wrong colors can make you look drained and tired. It certainly doesn’t cost any more to choose an item in a color that makes you sparkle than a color that deadens your complexion.
So the only question is- how do you know what your “correct” colors are?
The theory behind color analysis is based on the color wheel, which is a color chart representing all the colors we see, organized according to the proportion of warm yellow pigment or cool blue pigment each color contains. Just as colors can be described as warm or cool, our personal coloring can be described as having either warm or cool undertones.
The first step in in choosing flattering colors is to match the warmth or coolness of the colors you wear to the warmth or coolness of your personal coloring. Your skin, hair and eyes will absorb colors that match your undertones, resulting in a sparkling appearance.
When wearing a color that is opposite of your personal undertones, they will be reflected and deaden your appearance.
Many people can determine their undertones by simply holding gold or silver jewelry, or fabric swatches in gold or silver, near their face. If gold is more flattering your undertones are warm. If silver is more flattering your undertones are cool.
The next step is determining the value (lightness or darkness) and intensity of the color you should wear. This is determined by the value of your personal coloring. Warm/Cool and Light /Dark are combined to create four categories, or “seasons” of color.
Of course this is not an exact science, since there are many variations in the degrees of warmth/coolness, as well as different levels of value in hair and skin tones. We also change are personal coloring through tanning and hair color changes, so that are colors may change at different times in our lives.
The idea is to know that you should lean towards shades of warm or cool undertones, and how light or dark shades work for your own personal coloring. If you have items in your wardrobe that may not be your best shade, not to worry. This can be easily remedied by adding scarves, jewelry, or layering other clothing items in your best colors close to your face for added sparkle. However, consistently shopping for items in your best colors will lead to a more harmonious wardrobe where items seem to easily go together. Bringing home “bargains” that may be all wrong in color, sometimes end up sitting in the closet, because they just don’t feel good when we put them on.
The good news is that we are already naturally drawn to our best colors because they do make us feel our best.
Color can also be used for other styling effects. We can use color to play up eye color and hair color. We can use light colors to bring attention to a certain body area, while using dark colors to de-emphasize certain body areas. Complimentary colors, (colors opposite each other on the color wheel), are used for added impact.
Two powerful colors that are sure to compliment everyone are turquoise and coral. Turquoise represents all of the cool tones, while coral represents all of the warm tones. Everything else compliments these shades or coordinates with them.
Whether you feel comfortable determining your colors on your own, or having Color Analysis performed by a trained color consultant, the result will be money spent on more flattering items and a more vibrant you!
Kathy Moses Clotheszing! Wardrobe & Makeup Styling www.clotheszing.com email@example.com 610-762-6674