Have you ever tried on clothing in a certain colour that’s suddenly made your skin glow, eyes sparkle and has you looking fabulously radiant, only to throw on another shade and suddenly morph into a drab, washed-out version of yourself?
No, this isn’t some form of sorcery – it’s simply the art of knowing which colours work with your skin tone that’ll have you looking fierce AF, as well as knowing which tones will make you look washed out and just… bleh.
Got NFI where you fall on the spectrum? Then read on…
Warm or Cool Toned?
The first step in determining what colour suits you best is sussing out if you’re warm or cool toned, and there are a few ways you can do this.
Place a silver and gold watch, ring or bracelet and place on top of your skin. If you’re cool-toned, silver will tend to look better on you, while gold will generally flatter warm skin tones.
Look at the veins near your wrist, are they blue, or more of a greenish hue? The former means you’re cool toned, while the latter means you’re warm. If you’re having trouble deciding, you may have a neutral undertone.
If You’re Warm-Toned…
Warm-toned gals look fab in earthy colours – think red, peach, coral, orange, amber, gold, and yellow. You can also go for ‘warm’ versions of cool colours, like violet-red and olive. Avoid icy tones including sky blues, satin pink and amethyst.
If You’re Cool-Toned…
Opt for shades of cobalt blue, mint greens, navy, frosty purples and pinks and berry reds. Avoid bright orange and yellows and they can wash you out.
If You’re Neutral Toned…
Lucky you! Having a blend of warm and cool tones means you can pretty much get away with wearing anything, but perhaps avoid super-vibrant colours as they may overpower your skin tone.
Words by Jessica Lynch