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We just received a comment on the Part 2 of how to compliment your skin tone, unfortunately it looks as though we didn’t actually tell you how to do this!

Spring: Usually natural blondes or redheads with light-colored eyes, springs
look best in seashell colors such as peach, coral, or light brown. Stay away
from dark strong colors that could overwhelm your complexion.

Summer: Usually natural blondes, summers look best in soft pastels or
muted colors such as pink, soft yellow, or powder blue. Icy pastels will also
work for you. Stay away from autumn colors such as orange, rust, or earth
tones.

Autumn: Usually red heads or brunettes with golden eyes, autumns look best
in earth tones such as olive green, brown, beige, or pumpkin. Stay away
from pastels or high contrast colors such as black and white.

Winter: Usually brunettes with pale skin or African American, winters look
best in vivid jewel tones like magenta, cobalt, or emerald green. High
contrast colors such as black and white also look good on winters. Stay away
from muted colors like beige or pastels.

Bec’s Response:

There are two basic options I would use to detect if you were warm/ cold skin tone:

Look at the underside of your wrist. Do your veins look blue-purple, or blue-green? If they look blue-purple, you probably have a cool skin tone. If they look greenish, your skin tone is probably warm.

Stand in front of the mirror and try on a silver necklace or a pair of silver earrings.

Take them off and replace them with gold ones. Which suits you better? If the silver, you probably have a cool skin tone. If the gold, you’re probably warm.

And here is a bit of a sneaky tip if you don’t want to pay to get your colours done, do one of the following: 

1. Go to a store with a huge range of clothes with mirrors on the walls (not just in the dressing rooms) and put every shade you can find up against your skin. Don’t worry about size just drape the fabric over the shirt you are wearing. Make two piles; a Yes! and a Hell No! pile.

As you hold each one up you will start to get a feel for what works best. If in doubt hold a clear “yes” up to your skin straight after a colour you are not sure about, if your skins pops as soon as the “yes” colour is near your face the other one is actually a no. Don’t be afraid to pick up colours you normally don’t favour, this is about working out the subtle colours differences that work for you. I would say this highlights that there is almost no colour that you can’t wear, you’ll just have shades of it that are going to work a lot better than others. Depending on your local fabric store is you can even do the colour matching thing there as long as they have a mirror.

2. Go to a super swanky shop and ask the assistant to help you find something that works for your skin tone. Really good assistants are worth their weight in gold so you might need to do this a couple of times to really get someone who knows their stuff. The reason I say a swanky place is that usually they have the time to devote to a customer to help but less expensive boutiques often are staffed by the owner and she usually puts more effort into making you feel like you need to buy something. Of course you’ll have to be strong enough to say no thanks at the end of the fitting/ try on session and put all the lovely things back.

Take a pic of the colours that work best and use this as the beginning of your palette.

So there you go! Hopefully that gives you a little more indication on how to determine your skin tone and how to compliment it beautifully with the right colours.

Amy, Bec & Caitlyn xo

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