How to Find Colors for Skin Tone

Each person has a personal color palette that relates to the seasons of the year. If you were to look at summer, you would see blues and pinks outside. If you were to look at autumn, you would see golds and browns. Once you know the season that best enhances your coloring, you can find the colors that best enhance your skin tone.

Things You'll Need

  • Gold and silver jewelry

Instructions

    • 1

      Understand that color seasons are actually divided into two categories, warm tones and cool tones. The warm tones are related to the colors of autumn and spring. The cool tones are related to the colors of summer and winter. The warm tones have a yellow undertone and the cool tones have a blue undertone.

    • 2

      Determine if you are a warm or a cool. Does you hair have gold and red highlights? If it does, you are probably a warm. If your hair lacks the gold or red tones, you are probably a cool. Next, test your skin. Place gold and silver jewelry near your skin. If the gold jewelry seems brighter than the silver jewelry, you are probably a warm. If the silver looks brighter on your skin, you're probably a cool. Then study your skin--does it seem to have a yellow undertone or a blue undertone?

    • 3

      Get more specific with some color draping. Remove all makeup. Throw on a white T-shirt so colors don't clash with your clothes. Get in natural light. Now take clothes from your closet and start putting them up to your face. Pick out clothes you usually don't wear. Hold the clothes up to your face and look into the mirror. If the color is wrong, blemishes and imperfections will stand out more. Dark circles may show up under your eyes and you'll look washed out. Now choose something you love to wear. Chances are you wear it because it looks good on you. Put it up to your face. You will notice that the blemishes and imperfections will blend. There will be a brightness to your skin. You will look healthier and not washed out.

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      Study the clothes that looked the best against your skin. What season do they closely represent? The warm colors are autumn and spring. They are earthy, golden, muted and rich. They are red/orange, olive, golden brown, muted gray, cream and oyster instead of white. Spring will be bright and sunny colors such as turquoise, salmon and teal. Think warm but bright. The cool colors are summer and winter. Summer colors will be serene and calm. They are soft and dusty such as powder blues and dusty pinks as well as blue-gray and soft navy. Winter is bright white, jewel tones, dark navy, black and charcoal. Think vibrant and intense.

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      Wear gold jewelry or jewelry with a yellow tone in autumn. Terra cotta, mustard, olive and eggshell instead of white; golden browns, warm grays and the colors of autumn foliage will brighten your skin tone.Wear gold jewelry or jewelry with a yellow tone in spring. Salmon, turquoise, teal, stone, khaki, off white as well as bright and sunny colors will brighten your skin tone.Wear silver jewelry or jewelry with a blue tone or icy look n winter. Black, pure white, dark navy, charcoal and vibrate colors will brighten your skin tone.Wear silver jewelry or jewelry with a blue tone or icy look in summer. Gray-green, blue-gray, powder blue, dusty pink, soft white and pastels will brighten your skin tone.

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      Go to a color consultant. After the consultation, you will have color swatches that best enhance your skin tone. Usually the swatches are in a small notebook that you can tuck into your pocketbook and take with you when you shop. As you become familiar with your color swatches, you will find yourself drawn to the colors that work for you.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you know that you're a warm, but you can't tell if you're autumn or spring, look at your eyes. Pale eyes are usually spring and dark eyes are usually autumn. Springs are usually golden blond, auburn or strawberry blond. Redheads, excluding the strawberry blonds and light auburns, are usually autumn. Winters are usually brunettes and summers are usually blonds. Winters usually have a large contrast between their skin and hair, whereas summers do not have as much contrast.
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