Know Your Skin Tone: Wear Colors That Flatter, not Fade You

Whether you are fair or dark, the tone of your skin is either cool or warm, that is, it has either a yellow or pink undertone. Or your could be lucky and have a neutral tone!

The 'deep winter' tones of this lady looks pretty in silver jewelry, and light pinks (image:Rashod/flickr)

The ‘deep winter’ tones of this lady look pretty in silver jewelry and light pinks. (Image: Rashod/flickr)

Have you ever put on a pale yellow sweater and seen that your whole complexion suddenly looks pale and sickly? then your best friend tries on the same sweater and she looks gorgeous? Different colors can either make or break you. Which colors make you come alive?

With dark-golden hair, apricot skin, and green eyes- she's definitely an 'Autumn' toned belle (RenauPhoto/flickr)

With dark-golden hair, apricot skin, and green—definitely an ‘autumn’-toned belle. (Image: RenauPhoto/flickr)

Luckily, there is a science behind why this phenomenon exists—it’s all in your skin tone!

This is the knowledge that all professional fashionistas and stylists out there already know.

Ivory skin and the darkest eyes, another example of a 'winter' complexion. (Image: plasticboystudio_PhotoJUNKY/flickr)

Ivory skin and the darkest eyes, another example of a ‘winter’ complexion. (Image: plasticboystudio_PhotoJUNKY/flickr)

Discovering your skin tone is an important step in choosing colors that complement you and make your features ‘pop!’.

On the other hand, wearing colors that work against your natural pallet will make you look dull. This goes for your makeup, jewelry and your clothes.

Apricot tones, dark eyes and strawberry-blonde hair is an 'Autumn' palette (Silentmin8/flickr)

Apricot tones, dark eyes, and strawberry-blonde hair is another variation of an ‘autumn’ palette. (Image: Silentmin8/flickr)

This video gives you several different methods for finding out which skin tone you are, cool or warm.

Deep-bronze skin with dark brown eyes is a 'deep autumn' complexion (mariadelajuana/flickr)

Deep-bronze skin with dark brown eyes is a ‘deep autumn’ complexion. (Image: mariadelajuana/flickr)

Apart from having either a warm or cool skin tone, there is also summer, winter, spring and autumn tones. Discovering which ‘season’ you are  will make choosing colorful clothes for your wardrobe easy. Which season are you?

Clear blue eyes match the blue colour of this lady's scarf- she has a 'summer' complexion (image:craigCloutier/flickr)

Clear blue eyes match the blue color of this lady’s scarf—she has a ‘summer’ complexion. (Image: craigCloutier/flickr)

 

 

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