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Have you noticed that you look (and feel) better in certain colors or undertones? And, not just with clothes, but also with makeup and your jewelry, too? That’s because we all have a personal color, or palette of colors, that harmonize with our complexion, hair, and eye color.
That’s why finding your personal color can help you make better beauty and fashion choices. It’s also a great way to bring more colors into your life that resonate with and improve your appearance and complexion. Who knew that color could be so important!
The concept of personal color originated in Korea in the 1990s and has since become ingrained in the world of beauty and fashion. Read on for how to find your personal color at home.
How To Find Your Color
The most accurate way to find your personal color is to take a color workshop or hire an image consultant or personal stylist to help you find your palette. These professionals will perform a personal color analysis to determine the colors that best harmonize with your complexion, hair, and eye color. This analysis is always done with a bareface and hair pulled back in order to get the most accurate results.
With traditional Korean analyses, you are draped in multiple colors of fabric across the shoulders and the consultant walks you through the assessment. In real-time you are able to see how some colors can wash you out, brighten your skin, complement your eye color, etc. From there, they pick your color palette and even recommend the makeup products, clothing items, and jewelry that are best suited for your color palette.
Even TikTok has many personal color filters to show you the different palettes where you can see their impact in real time (and ask others for advice).
Main Color Types
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The four main color types are: Spring Warm, Summer Cool, Autumn Warm, and Winter Cool.
Spring Warm color types have a young, bright, and energetic image. Colorful hues are the best for them as they are the clear image of spring. Gold jewelry suits them best as it pairs well with the warmth. The best colors are moss green, coral red, golden brown, ink blue, and sand tones. For more color try yellow, orange-red, apple green, or turquoise. It’s best to avoid black, white, and ashy and washed-out colors.
Photo Credit: Photography by George Pimentel, Instagram @tikasumpter and Photography by James White
Summer Cool color types have a clean and cheerful image that look best in elegant and sophisticated styles. Silver jewelry suits them best as it pairs well with the cool undertone of their skin. Blue and purple are their bestfriend, but blue-green, gray-brown, lavender, blue-gray, power pink and other pastel colors look great on them as well. It’s best to avoid black, beige, orange, and gold as these colors will wash you out making you look pale.
Autumn Warm color types have a luxurious image. They are very similar to Spring Warm, sharing warm undertones, but their tone is much darker creating a deeper color palette. Gold jewelry suits them best. Rich, warm colors are best such as khaki, terracotta, brown-red, orange, coffee brown, olive green and apricot. Colors to avoid are blue, pink, and gray.
Winter Cool color types have a strong image and a unique tone. They usually have a sharp contrast between their hair and their skin tone. Silver jewelry suits them best. This type shares the cool undertones with Summer Cool but has a deeper color palette. Bright colors such as red, green, and blue are the best colors. It’s best to avoid earthy colors such as orange, brown, peach, and beige.
If you are unable to get a professional personal color analysis, there are many online quizzes and resources to help you figure out your personal color. Finding your personal color can do wonders allowing you to express yourself and branch out to different colors in a way that is less intimidating.
Have you found your personal color? Let us know in the comments below!