How to Find the Best Color to Wear for Your Skin Tone

Wearing colorful things is, for most of us, very tricky and we tend to go for the neutrals and black and white because we are comfortable with it. The massive amount of choices that we have while choosing colorful clothing can be overwhelming and sometimes scary.

We all have our personal preferences, a color we think we look good in, but there are way more colors that we don’t know that suite our skin tone and enhance it. Some colors give us a dash of radiance and complement us.

Most stylists would agree that color is one of the most important things when they’re styling people.

Finding the color that flatters you the most starts with examining your skin color. There are three categories: warm, neutral and cool skin tones.

Most of the time, it’s pretty obvious for makeup artists to determine in which category your skin is. But for people that aren’t it that profession, it can be a bit challenging. There are a few tests you can use as a guideline when choosing colorful clothes.

These rules aren’t set in stone; they are just guidelines to give you an idea of what flatters you the most. You should, of course, wear a color you feel most comfortable and confident in!

Many stylists will tell you to consider wearing colors that don’t suit your skin tone on accessories, belts, scarf’s and avoid wearing them from head to toes.

To find your skin tone, you need to look deeper into your skin. The color of the surface of our skin can change from sun exposure, medications and conditions for example rosacea. Undertones that come through your skin determine your skin tone.

That’s why we sometimes choose a foundation that looks good in the tube, but once we try, it doesn’t suit our skin.

When determining your undertone, make sure to cleanse your skin so it doesn’t have any cosmetics on it because it would affect the results. After washing your face, you should wait about 15-30 minutes so the redness you may cause by rubbing your face can fade.

You also have to make sure that you test your skin in natural daylight because artificial light can change how our skin color appears.

Finding your skin tone

The most straightforward test is to take a white piece of paper without anything on it and hold the paper close to your face and compare how it looks in comparison with the paper.

If it’s yellow, green or light brown compared to the paper, you have a warm skin tone.

If your skin is more pink, blue or rosy, you have cool skin.

If your skin looks ashen or gray, you have a neutral skin tone.

If you have rosacea or acne or if you’re very tanned, ash someone to do the paper test on the crease behind your ear that probably isn’t affected by any of the mentioned things.

Next thing to do is to take a look at your veins on the inner part of your wrists. If they look blue or purple, you have cool skin. If they look green, your skin is warm. If it’s hard to tell because none of the colors are dominant, you have a neutral skin.

Also, people who usually tan easily have warm skin tones, and those who burn more easily have cool tones. Sometimes dark-skinned people with cool undertones don’t burn easily, so you should have in mind that this doesn’t apply to everyone.

People with neutral skin can fall into both of the categories.

Warm skin tones

Warm colors that suite you best: orange, red, coral, peach, amber, yellow, gold

Cool colors that suite you best: deeper turquoise, olive, fern, green moss, pesto, red-purples (for example magenta or orchid shades)

Neutral colors that suite you best: creamy whites, Taupe, latte, hot chocolate, mushroom gray

Colors that don’t complement your skin tone: jewel tones (like amethyst, sapphire or ruby) and icy blues

Celebrities with warm skin tone: Jessica Alba, Claire Danes, Jennifer Lopez, Beyoncé, Kim Kardashian

Cool skin tones

Warm colors that suite you best: ruby, cerise, super-pale yellows, bright rose

Cool colors that suite you best: sapphire, amethyst, emerald, bright blues, royal blues, pink lavender, deep purples, lilac snow, ice blue

Neutral colors that suite you best: white, navy, Gray

Colors that don’t complement your skin tone: strong yellows and Oranges

Celebrities with cool skin tone: Nicole Kidman, Cate Blanchett, Mindy Kaling, Viola Davis, Lupita Nyong’o

Neutral skin tone

Colors that suite you best: off-whites (for example vanilla), dusty pinks, grays,  blush-toned pinks, soft rose, lagoon blue, jade green, coffee, cameo green, Taupes, placid blue, corn silk yellow

Colors that don’t complement your skin tone: too bright or vibrant colors (magenta and electric blue for example), bright yellows and reds

Celebrities with neutral skin tone: Angelina Jolie, Julia Roberts, Julianne Moore, Rachel McAdams, Kerry Washington.

Colors everyone looks good in

There are a few colors that look good on every skin tone because of their balance between cool and warm tones.

Plain white looks good on every skin tone. If you try a white item and the color doesn’t suit you, go to some natural lighting and make sure that it is pure white, without any cool or warm tones added that you couldn’t see on the rack.

Light blush pink is also a color that suits everyone. It brightens your complexion and brings out the glow in your face.

Also, teal with a perfect mix of green and blue can be worn by anyone.

Eggplant purple is an excellent option for darker colors because it acts like it’s a neutral color and flatters every skin tone.

The conclusion is definitely always the same: choose whatever feels right for you but take caution because you can change your appearance to completely other way than you’ve wished for.

These are only the guidelines to help you choose what looks best on you.

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