How to Choose Colors to Flatter Your Skin Tone

By Jay White

February 11, 2015   •   Fact checked by Dumb Little Man

When it comes to looking good, it’s not just about choosing clothes that fit well and are of a complimentary style for your body. Color also plays an important part in helping your complexion to shine. The trick to this is finding colors that flatter your skin tone. If you have certain colors that you already understand look better than others on you, you are part way there. If not, it is easy to discover this. Much of the work has been done for you by stylists who ave created something called a seasonal color analysis.
Here’s what you need to do to find the correct season of colors that work with your skin tone:

1. Find something black, something white, something silver and something gold. These items, when placed around certain parts of your body, will help you to understand what colors hide in the undertones of your skin.

2. Place the black and white items, one at a time, against your inner wrist. Note the kinds of colors that you see against each of these colors. We are not looking for the dominant skin tone, or if you are pale skinned, the color of the veins under your skin. Instead, we are looking to see if you find pinks, greens, yellows, peaches, or pinks as a shade of your natural skin tone.

3. Place the gold on one part of your body, and the silver on another. Make note of whether one of these colors makes your skin “glow” just a little bit more than the other. As a rule, warm skin glows better with gold, and cool skin glows better with silver.

4. Take the information you have, and choose a website that gives free online color season analyses. Take their online quiz, and narrow it down to two choices. If the answer is more clear than this, then you are fine with just the first choice. However, if there is any question at all, narrow it down to two and go on to the next step.

5. Take your final two choices, and look at the colors that they recommend for each. Find a few colors that are unique to one of the two seasons, and don’t really overlap into the other one. Be certain that you have no makeup on, if you wear it, and try on a few items of clothing that are unique for each season. You should notice, bare faced, a definite “pop” of your features when you find the right compliment to your skin tone.

6. Keep track of colors that create this pop, and which season they belong in. Consider these shades when you buy new clothes.

Jay White

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