There are traditional methods of colour analysis which are great, however I like to mix the more traditional method with a more flexible approach. I really want everyone to enjoy all the colours - black is stylish, but it can be a bit dull. I firmly believe that everything relating to style should relate back to your personality and lifestyle. I also love style that is easy to wear, which is why I love a bit of flexibility when it comes to colour.
Colour can really affect our mood and how others see us.
Wearing the right colours enhances your overall look, making you look healthier and younger - yes, really! The right colours can also give definition to your face shape, brighten up your eyes and give your skin a glowing appearance. And if that’s not enough, it can also help slim you down.
Colour is the essence of successful dressing.
Wearing colour, in particular the right colour, really does affect how we feel and how people respond to us. Think of the last time you wore something in a colour that you loved… Chances are you felt confident, which then makes sure you make a great first impression. The right standout colour will help people remember you, which as long as you’re behaving, is never a bad thing!
Colour has amazing properties.
Colours have long had a deep, meaningful symbolism that goes past just suiting you, so choose very carefully!
Black and Grey: These deep dark colours give the illusion of looking sleek. They’re seen as an authoritarian colour but also a ‘safe option’ so those who always wear black are seen to have a lack of imagination.
White: This is a virginal, crisp, clean colour and a sign of purity, hence the reason it was chosen as the colour for wedding dresses.
Brown: An earthy, natural shade, brown is seen as a relaxed and at ease colour.
Blue: A safe colour, blue also has spiritual connotations and is often seen as a calming shade.
Pink: Compassionate, gentle and feminine, pink is often seen as quite young and sweet.
Purple: A colour often related to nobility and royalty, it’s also with seen as warm and welcoming to others, indicating a sensitive and creative personality.
Green: As this is the colour of many elements of nature, it is seen as a calm colour and also represents a free spirit.
Red: Whatever tone of red you wear it will show to others you are confident with yourself and who you are. A colour of excitement, red is seen to have sex appeal due to the fact those who wear it give the impression of being confident, exciting and fun, therefore, making it attracted to the opposite sex.
How to find the right shade for you
Colour is all about the undertone it has - your skin also has an undertone and for you to look great, these undertones need to match.
Your undertone is either blue (winter and summer colours) or yellow (autumn or spring colours). Colour has no relevance to your eye or hair colour, it is all about your skin.
It can be difficult to find those colours that match your undertones, but it’s easier than you think. Next time you try on a colour, take this checklist with you to make sure you’re going for the right tones.
Your skin tone on your face needs to be light, bright and even. The colour shouldn’t show up spots and blemishes.
Your jawline and bridge of the nose should look defined
The colour shouldn’t create any shadowing under the chin or eyes
If the shade makes your skin appear grey and flat, it can age you - put that item back immediately!
Certain colours will appear to make your head draw into your neck, this will add pounds to your face!
Creating some colour flexibility
Some who have been through the colour analysis process love the fact they have a structured set of colours to choose from, but for others it throws them into turmoil as they go from wearing many different colours to being told they can now only wear a specific selection of colours. Which colour-wearer are you?
I want you to be flexible with your colours - you want to enjoy what you wear - so here are my tips in how to do this:
If you can't wear black (blue undertone), then add in a piece of either gold jewellery or maybe a scarf or jacket with a yellow undertone
Use one of your colours as the main colour in either a print or block coloured garment, you can add in a colour that is not yours as your main colour will bring the other colour alive
Colour has no relevance on your lower body so don't worry what you wear colour wise here. Air on the side of caution with a lighter colour as it will make an area appear larger
As long as you have one of your colours somewhere near your face then other colours will work too.
Remember it's all about the undertones matching. When these undertones match, boy will you know it! Your face will come alive and you will walk out the door knowing you look great and feel great too.