Are You Wearing Your Best Colors?

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Beauty & Fashion Kuel Thought Leader: Gail Scott

One of the quickest ways to up your style game is to wear your best colors.

That includes what you wear on your body and your face, and what color you choose to keep your hair.

“When we wear our best shades, we look our best.”

Know Your Absolute Best Color:

At this point, if you are thinking, “yes, I look good in blue”, you are probably right, as most of us know our absolute best color. But if you base your wardrobe on that one bit of knowledge, you are grossly limiting your options.

There’s a wild world of color to explore, and when you learn about color theory, it opens the right doors for you to explore. Having a closet full of your best colors and a makeup wardrobe of the right shades makes it difficult to make a mistake when getting dressed. 

When we wear our best shades, we look our best. Have you ever said, “that color just makes her light up?” Our best colors will make our skin glow and our eyes pop. This is accomplished through the use of contrasting and complimentary tones. Arming ourselves with knowledge will not only help us to look our best, but it will also save us time, money, and energy when shopping and dressing. 

Color Theory And Typing:

You’ve probably heard of color theory and color typing. Color typing systems have been around for years. Today’s top programs go into much more detail than past versions and acknowledge many more types of color style categories.

The first consideration in finding your best colors is determining your chroma. Chroma is the clarity or softness of color. Clear or bright shades are pure colors without any extra shade added to mute them. Softer shades have colors like white, black, or gray added to lower the brightness or clarity of the shade.

“Changing one’s hair color can also skew an analysis in the wrong direction.”

While blue may be your best color, the clearness or softness of the shade should be considered. And many colors, green for example, can be soft or bright, warm or cool. Knowing which shades and hues of colors are best for you will give you an edge when selecting wardrobe pieces. 

Know Your Temperature:

The next step in finding your correct color category is determining your temperature (warm or cool). You may hear someone referred to as having more yellow tones versus blue tones in their skin, eyes, and hair color (and vice versa). Temperature is a little more complicated than that, as we can have undertones and overtones to our skin, and skin conditions can make our skin appear cooler or warmer than it truly is.

Changing one’s hair color can also skew an analysis in the wrong direction. Those with warmer coloring look best in warmer shades, and those with color tones look best in cooler shades. But keep in mind that warmth and coolness exist on a spectrum, and you can fall anywhere on that spectrum.

Knowing your temperature is valuable in narrowing down foundation shades, choosing lip and hair colors, as well as choosing wardrobe pieces. When it comes to investment pieces like coats, shoes, and bags, you’ll want to choose colors that are your temperature. 

Depth Of Colors:

Finally, consider the depth of colors when choosing what to wear. Those with lighter skin tones, light eyes, and light-colored hair will look best in light-medium shades. Those with deeper skin, eyes, and/or hair color usually look best in medium to deep tones.

The comparison of the three, eyes, skin, and hair color, determines your contrast level. Contrast level and depth are important in choosing makeup shades as well as clothing colors. A professional who has analyzed many faces can be a real help with this step.

“Time spent learning your color type and your body shape will pay off.”

Then those pieces will then coordinate with your other wardrobe pieces.

Determine Your Best Color Palette:

This sounds like a lot to learn, right? Don’t fret. There are fantastic programs out there to help you determine your best color palette. Many are even available virtually. I am a part of Jen Vax’s Your Color Style Program. Jen has a background in fine arts and developed her color typing system for greater ease and accuracy.

I’ve recently joined her team as Beauty & Style Editor, and we are working to offer clients a complete array of courses, services, and products. Her system offers self-analysis, professional analysis, color fans for shopping, style guides, specialty courses, and 1-1 services from the pros. 

Invest In Learning What’s Best For You:

Time spent learning your color type and your body shape will pay off in saved frustration, time, and money. When you invest in learning what works best for you, you have the opportunity to make better choices in shopping and dressing. Women who arm themselves with this knowledge also tend to make broader color choices and expand their wardrobes. And best of all, they feel more confident knowing that their selections are based on color science. 

For more information on finding your color type, take the FREE QUIZ HERE .

Set yourself up for success by learning what works to make you shine!

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Gail Scott

About the Author:

Gail Scott is a 27 year veteran in the skin care and beauty industry, and loves helping women look their best. She specializes in really listening to her clients and teaching them how to get the look that they want, without wasting time, money, or products. Her interest in helping and mentoring women has lead her to a new adventure, MIDLIFE MOXIE, which is a community, lifestyle brand, and podcast all about women making this one of the best seasons of their lives.

She can be contacted at [email protected], and found on IG @gailsscott. The MIDLIFE MOXIE podcast is available on all of the major podcast platforms or at https://midlifemoxie.libsyn.com.