Understanding Colour

August 21, 2016

Understanding Colour

Ever noticed that certain colours seem to look better on you than others? 
There really are colours that look better for each of us.


Wearing colours that work well with your skin tone can have a significant impact on how you look and feel. Your choice of colours in the fashion world is enormous. This can not only be incredibly confusing but also quite daunting. So why not take the guesswork out of your shopping experience. Women who do understand colour often look more interesting, in control, confident, self-assured and ultimately more attractive.


It is important to know that our colours are never set in stone. Our skin tone and hair colour both change with age. Any changes will affect your colouring. As these changes occur reassess your colours and learn how to enjoy your new palate.

Note that if you do currently have a favourite colour this may not automatically translate to being your best choice of colour.


Are you Warm or cool?


Colours can be warm or cool.
This refers to how much yellow (warm), or blue (cool) is in it.


People with a Warm complexion generally have:

  • Dark brown or black hair.
  • Deep red or auburn hair.
  • Reddish or golden brown hair.
  • Brown or green eyes.
  • Olive or golden skin.
  • Beige skin.
  • Skin which tans easily.
  • Yellow skin undertones.
  • Veins have a green hue.

  • If you have a warm complexion choose colours that have a yellow undertone i.e. orange based red.

    People with a Cool complexion generally have:

  • Light to medium brown hair.
  • Light green, hazel or blue eyes.
  • Grey or blue-grey eyes.
  • Natural blond hair.
  • Fair or pale skin.
  • Skin which burns easily.
  • Pink skin undertones.
  • Veins have a blue hue.

  • If you have a cool complexion choose colours with a blue undertone i.e. blue based red.


    To test whether you are warm or cool you can put a colour up to your face.
    What do you observe?
    Using a white and a cream piece of fabric can be an effective way to do this test. White being the cool and cream being the warm. You are looking to find a natural harmony. A harmonious colour will seem to look like it “belongs” with your complexion. Everything will look normal and without distortion.


    Deciding whether harmony exists between your skin tone and colours can be difficult.

    It can often be easier to recognize signs of disharmony which can include:

  • Blotchy or an uneven looking skin tone.
  • Emphasized redness in your skin.
  • Emphasized yellowness in your skin.
  • Emphasized shadows or under-eye circles.
  • A greyish paleness to your skin.
  • Your skin taking on the same hue as the colour you are holding up.
  • An effect where individual facial features seem to disappear.
  • An effect where your eyes are drawn to the colour you’re holding rather than your face.

    You might have trouble recognizing what you are seeing. In that case try changing colours and observing the differences. Do this test in natural light and without make-up for the best results.


    If you ever need help with deciding which colours will work best for you feel free to ask the very helpful staff in store at Fashion Focus.


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