Do you know how to use colors that flatter your skin tone? Choosing the wrong color can make your skin or hair look lifeless,” enhancing or hiding features.
In addition to being important to choose the color of your clothes, it is also important to understand that this aspect also applies when choosing the color of nail polish, make-up and even hair color (if you color it). Each color that enters your routine has a visual function. Color has the power to make you look older, younger, rested, sad, with or without blemishes, wrinkles, etc.
In this text I will give you some tips on how you can know what your skin tone is, and what are the best colors to use for you.
Are there really colors that match skin tone?
The different colors and tones of the fabrics we use have an impressive impact on our appearance. When we use colors that match our skin tone, we get the following results:
- Our image becomes more harmonious and balanced;
- Our eyes look brighter;
- The skin tends to appear softer and more beautiful, with a smoother texture;
- The skin also tends to look smoother, without blemishes, without wrinkles, without expression lines;
- The appearance tends to become healthier and younger;
- The contour of our face tends to be more defined.
When we use colors that do not match our skin, the result is usually the opposite:
- Lack of harmony in the look;
- Tired, dull skin;
- Stains become more apparent and visible;
- Wrinkles and lines of expression become more apparent;
- Dark circles are more prominent.
How to find out your skin tone?
To discover your skin tone, try this exercise:
(don’t forget that it’s just a simple way to try to understand the colors that work best for you. It doesn’t dispense with a color analysis done with an image consultant).
First, make sure your skin is clean and free of cosmetics or lotions, which could affect the results. After washing your face, wait 15 to 30 minutes for your skin to return to normal.
Then, choose a place with good natural lighting, and in front of the mirror, place a piece of white paper against your face, and look for one of the following results:
- If your skin appears yellowish , greenish or light brown, you have a warm skin tone.
- If your skin looks pink , rosy or blue, then you have a cool skin tone.
- If your skin looks gray or pale , you have a neutral skin tone.
PS: If you have a skin condition such as acne, rosacea or are very tanned, results may vary.
Colors for every skin tone
Once you’ve found out what your skin tone is, it’s time to learn which colors and shades best suit you. Now see:
Colors for warm skin tones
If you have warm skin tones, you should wear colors inspired by nature. Such as:
- Red, peach, coral, orange, amber, gold and yellow. (Hot colors)
- Olive, moss, orchid and red violet. (cold colors)
- Coffee, cream, beige and grey. (Neutral colors)
In accessories and jewelry, opt for gold, and avoid stones like sapphire and amethyst.
In the hair, choose colors like dark brown, or copper tones.
Colors for cool skin tones
If you have cold skin, your best colors are at the cold end of the color spectrum, more wintry colors.
- Bright blues, emeralds, lavender, ice blue or pink. (cold colors)
- Ruby, bright pinkish red or pale yellow. (Hot colors)
- Cool gray, bright white and navy. (Neutral colors)
Give preference to white gold or silver jewelry.
In the hair, opt for colors like brown, reddish and blonde tones.
Colors for neutral skin tones
With a neutral skin tone, you can use either color – but it’s usually best to opt for subdued or muted versions of a color rather than the brighter versions.
- Antique pink, jade green, yellow or lagoon blue. (cold colors)
- White, coffee, medium gray and black. (Neutral colors)
- Avoid overly saturated colors like electric blue and magenta.
It is important that we use make-up suitable for our skin tone.
Very fair skin
Use and abuse: pink and brown tones. “Nude” lipsticks and roses.
Avoid: orange reds, gray base, pale shadows and bluish tones.
Use makeup with muted tones, browns and colors that have golden pigment.
Medium dark skin
With this skin tone almost any color goes well. Try and choose according to your taste.
Use metallic and strong shades such as copper and bronze.