Who needs 50 Shades of Grey?

Who needs 50 of Shades of Grey?

You just need to find the right shades to flatter your complexion and harmonize with all the other shades in your Color Family.

Grey is a very versatile and useful neutral and perfect for every wardrobe but some shades will suit you better than others.

Grey can be a bit of a chameleon and changes in different lights so choose the shade that flatters your personal coloring and harmonizes with the brighter and lighter shades from your wardrobe. 

True Grey is a mix of BLACK and WHITE and, therefore, it's safe to say that Black, White and Grey and the only true neutrals!

Choose the shades of grey that flatter you best...

Once we move away from the true shade, every grey will have an undertone making it Warm or Cool. If you know your skin tone or your own Color Family it's easy to choose the shades of grey to suit you best. 

Don't know your undertone? it's easy to identify your skin tone here ...

Light, Medium or High Contrast in your coloring will determine whether Light, Medium or Deep Greys will be your best.

Warm Greys

has a Warm/Yellow undertone and will complement a Warm skin tone. 

There is a softness to Warm Greys and it will complement all Warm or golden based colors.

Cool greys

has a Cool/Blue undertone and will complement a Cool skin tone.

There is a cool crispness to Cool Greys and it will complement all colors with a blue undertone.

Who needs 50 shades of grey

How shades of grey work with Color Families

The LIGHT color family

has elements of both Warm and Cool tones and very little contrast.

Choose either Light, Cool or Light Warm Grey to harmonize with these light pigmented tones - as heavy shades of grey will overpower. 

The MUTED color family

has elements of both Warm and Cool tones with a medium contrast. This means that there is a noticeable difference between the tones in your natural coloring and your colors should reflect this. Choose medium toned greys, either Warm or Cool, although you will find more softness for your gentle coloring with the Warm greys.

Muted with warm grey
Muted with cool grey

The COOL color family

has a strong Cool / Blue undertone and a medium contrast. Therefore you should look for a medium toned neutral and, in this case, it is a Medium Cool Grey. For the fairer skins, Light Cool, beautiful Silver Grey will provide an attractive contrast.

Cool palette
Cool palette

The WARM color family

has a strong Warm / Golden undertone and a medium contrast. Therefore you should look for a medium toned neutral. You can happily wear either a Medium or Deep Warm grey to offset the beautiful warm shades. Many of the warm greys come in the softest fabrics such a wool or flannel which adds to the overall warmth.

Warm palette
Warm palette

The DEEP color family

has elements of both Warm and Cool tones with a high contrast. This means that there is high contrast in your natural coloring i.e. between eyes, hair, brows etc. even when you're not wearing makeup. Choose the strongest and deepest shades of grey, either Warm or Cool. You have a wide variance of tones in your palette so aim to match Warm tones/Warm greys; Cool tones/Cool greys.

Deep Cool palette
Deep Warm palette

The BRIGHT color family

has elements of both Warm and Cool tones with a high contrast. The brightness of your coloring is startling and the contrast of your tones should reflect this. A clear Light Warm Grey is perfect with the lighter Brights but the strong true Cool greys will match the brilliance of the deeper tones in your color palette.  True grey as shown right is crisp with black and white - the true neutrals. If it's difficult to assess the tone, then err on the side of Cool for crispness.

Light warm grey with Bright colors
Bright palette

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