A subtle use of COLOR
without actually wearing color!
Let me show you how to adopt the subtle use of color without actually having to wear colors at all!
There should be no drama involved in Color Analysis; you don't have to change your wardrobe; you don't have to wear bright colors or look as though you've walked straight out of a color swatch!
Once you know your color direction, you can streamline an elegant presentation simply by following my 5 basic steps.
It helps to know whether you are Warm or Cool, by the way, but that's easy!
6 ways to the subtle use of Color
Many of us enjoy wearing cleancut neutral colors which, with a little care, always look sleekly put together.
I'm quite petite and prints or patterns can easily overpower. Particularly in the Summer months, I love simple linen shifts or pants, nothing tailored or restrictive and they just scream out for an equally simplistic color range of neutrals - almost the 'coastal grandmother' look!
1 Makeup and Nails
The first thing anyone looks at is your face! And wearing makeup is like an outfit for your face.
So when you wear makeup that complements your natural coloring you will look healthier and feel more attractive.
Following Color Analysis the no. 1 benefit to most women is being able to choose a flattering shade for foundation whether it's Warm or Cool.
It's easy to follow a color palette with lipstick, blush and eye color but the right foundation can make a spectacular difference to your look.
Your hands have the same skin tone as your face so for pretty hands consider a similar color palette for your nails. Whether you choose a light color as shown here or a strong tone, just follow Warm or Cool makeup colors.
Just like your skin tone, your natural hair color is designed by nature to make the best of YOU!
Many of us choose to change hair color and chosen carefully you can really complement your natural coloring and look fabulous!
But it's easy to get the tone wrong. If you happen to choose golden highlights with a Cool skin tone then it won't complement your complexion and vice versa. If you're not happy with your hair color this may be the problem. Fortunately, it's easy to add a toner!
So any change of hair color should be chosen with care to complement your overall coloring. Hair accessories should follow color direction too.
3 Jewelry and Glasses
When you wear a necklace or earrings it reflects on your skin tone just like your makeup.
Cool skin looks best when you're wearing cool jewelry tones - so silver tones, diamonds/sparkles, white pearls and any cool colors. Warm skins look best in gold tones, amber, copper, warm creamy pearls or any warm colors.
Glasses/Sunglasses are also worn on your face so choose whether you want the focus to be brown/gold/tortoiseshell for Warm or blue/grey/silvery tones for Cool.
4 Your best Light
The color that surrounds your face i.e. at the top of your body, has a huge impact on your complexion.
If you lean towards wearing neutrals and a subtle use of color, you may often choose to wear a light shade next to your face.
Whether you choose to wear white or cream will reflect on either your Warm or Cool skin.
If you have a Cool skin then white will bring you to life while cream will make you look sickly. On the other hand, if you have a Warm skin, creamy tones will echo your golden complexion and white will drain your color completely.
If you choose to wear a dark top, lower the neck slightly and try a light toned jacket to bring light to your face.
Something that most people forget is that many of your clothes may have gold or silver buttons even zips! It's easy to change a set of buttons and it will make such a difference your overall elegance.
Shoes, bags and belts often have metal details too. So for subtle use of color to complement your overall look, decide whether gold or silver is the best for you.
All silver or all gold tone will give you an overall cohesive look!
6 Spots or Stripes
Spots or Stripes can bring a 'boring' neutral color to life!
If neutrals are your 'thing' then nothing is better or easier than the minimalist addition of a geometric print.
Spots and stripes are the classic way to add 'snap' and style!
Checks, too, in neutral tones, will add texture and interest.
7 Neutrals and a pop of COLOR!
Many stylish and elegant women wear little else other than neutrals tones. So make sure you know your best neutrals.
There are differences between Warms and Cools, but most navy blues and many grays will suit most women. Lots of us love love black!
Neutrals are designed to blend into the background so if you think any of yours are less than perfect, use a bit of camouflage!
Black worn here isn't the best for a Warm skin, so she chooses to wear a pretty scarf around her neck (colors taken from the Warm palette). It attracts attention and detracts from a less than perfect color next to the face.
It also introduces the 'third piece' which smartens up a simple outfit.
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