Wearing Your Best Colors Adds Vitality
Did you know when you walk in a room others size you up in just seven seconds? And, believe it or not, that’s before you have said anything. Color is a big part of what makes up your appearance. The right colors will make you look younger, more confident, taller, healthier and bring out your natural beauty. The wrong colors will make you look tired, frazzled and can add extra years.
When it comes to choosing one’s best clothing, accessories and makeup colors, many women are clueless. Some wear colors based on their intuition. Others follow the current fashion trends. Still others wear colors recommended by others. This leads to wrong choices, a less flattering look and wasted money. But, there is no need to guess. Color Me Beautiful, the authority in color, gives us a scientific process for finding the best colors.
And, its never been more important to know your colors. Why? Because color is back in a big way! Just look at the vast variety of colors in the department stores.
Use The Color Me Beautiful System
So how do you know which colors to choose? Thank goodness for Color Me Beautiful. I am sure you remember Color Me Beautiful, a New York Times best seller which sold over 15 million copies.
Now there is a brand new book out Reinvent Yourself With Color Me Beautiful by JoAnne Richmond. This fashion and makeup bible has new updated colors, fabulous style and accessorizing tips, and great makeup and skin care advice.
To personalize your colors is to know your Season. We use the Seasons as a way to describe which colors look best on you based on eye and hair color and skin tone. To determine your Season, Color Me Beautiful moves you through a two-step process. First, you will learn Warm and Cool. Second, you learn whether you are Light or Deep. Once you have completed these two steps you are there.
So lets start with Warm and Cool. When thinking about Warm, think about a desert panorama of gold, brown and earth tones. When thinking about Cool think of colors in the artic such as gray, black, white or think of the deep blue sea such as deep blues, blue greens and turquoise.
Everyone can wear just about any color, the difference is in the shade of the color. When thinking of clothing, makeup or accessories, visualize Cool as a color with a drop of silvery-blue. Visualize Warm as a color with a drop of gold. For example, if you put a drop of gold to a red sweater it becomes a Warm red, but if you put a drop of silvery blue it becomes a Cool red.
By far, the most important characteristic in determining whether you are Warm or Cool is your hair color. If you can’t determine your exact eye or skin tone, then your hair color will provide the answer. Why? It frames your face!
Remember this simple rule when thinking about Warm or Cool: Warm individuals have red or gold highlights in their hair. Cool individuals have no red or gold highlights in their hair. That is true for girls and women of all ages. Whether you color your hair, use the color you have now as the basis to determine whether you are Warm or Cool. Congratulations! You are half way towards determining your Season.
Now that you determined whether you are Warm or Cool, the next step is to determine whether you are Light or Deep. Once again, your eyes, skin tone and hair color are the most important factors in determining whether you are Light or Deep.
Eye color is determined by whether your eyes are on the darker side or lighter side. If your eyes are light blue or green, then you are Light. If your eyes are dark brown or black then you are Deep. To determine your skin tone think of the following: if you are Light, your skin tone does not tan well and you either have fair skin or porcelain skin. If you are Deep your skin tone tends to tan well, think of a rich complexion.
Again, as with Warm and Cool, hair is the most important characteristic in determining Light or Deep. Women with Light coloring tend to have blond, light brown, or light red hair. Women with Deep coloring tend to have brunette, dark red, or black hair.
We’ve devised a simple, full proof way to determine whether you are Light or Deep. Look at your overall complexion, eye and hair color. On a scale of 1 to 10, with 1 being the lightest and 10 being the deepest, determine where you fit. So, a 1 would be the palest Nordic complexion with light blond hair. A 10 would be the deepest ebony skin tone and dark or black hair.
So, for example: most Mediterranean and Middle Easterners have dark eyes and deep skin and are, therefore, Deep. Most Northern Europeans have blonde hair and light eyes and are Light. Where do you fall? Give yourself a number. If you fall anywhere from 1 to 4 then you are a Light. If you are 5 or greater you are on the Deep side.
Congratulations! You now have everything to determine your Season. If you are Warm and Light you are a Spring. If you are Warm and Deep you are an Autumn. If you are Cool and Light you are a Summer. If you are Cool and Deep you are a Winter.
Congratulations, You are One of Four Seasons
If you are a Spring (Light and Warm), your colors are like the first daffodil that blooms each year. They have clear and delicate colors with golden undertones. The best Spring clothing colors to wear are bright colors such as turquoise, salmon and watermelon. Colors to avoid are red, white or certain shades of pink. The best accessories are in the shades of gold, bronze, coral and turquoise.
When it comes to makeup, make your lips look fuller by wearing shades of peach, apricot or mango. Make your eyes pop, by wearing eye shadows in light greens, light brown or copper. For a dramatic look, wear eye pencil colors in blue, palm green or brown with brown or navy mascara. Add glow to your cheeks by wearing peach and light coral blushes.
If you are an Autumn (Deep and Warm), your colors are as crisp and colorful as October leaves and have orange and gold undertones. Autumn women look amazing in terracotta and rust colors. But should avoid wearing colors in pastel shades such as pink, gray and sage. The best colors, when it comes to accessories are in the shades of gold, bronze, copper, amber, and jade.
When it comes to makeup, the best eye pencil colors are in the shades of brown to brown-black espresso. To bring attention to your eyes, wear eye shadows in medium shades of copper, medium olive green and medium to dark brown. For instant goddess glow, use blush colors anywhere from terracotta to deep tones of salmon. Let your lips look fuller with shades of cinnamon, peach and terracotta. Finally, let your lashes look fuller with brown or black brown mascara.
If you are a Summer (Light and Cool), your colors mimic the soft colors of the sky and sea with their cool and soft blue undertones. Summer women receive compliments with pastel shades such as rose, periwinkle and sage. Avoid wearing colors in rust, terra cotta and any shade of orange. Accessories in silver, white gold, opal and pewter accent your look.
The most flattering eye shadows are green blue, blue grays and lavender. The best eye pencils colors are in medium blues and charcoal. Lipstick and blush colors should be in rose, pink or plum colors. Let you lashes appear longer and fuller with navy or charcoal mascara.
If you are a Winter (Deep and Cool), your colors sparkle like a snowflake. They are vivid, clear, icy colors with blue undertones. Women that fall under this season receive compliments in bold shades such as black, white, red and jewel tones. However, a winter woman should avoid wearing any shade of orange, brown or ivory. The best colors when it comes to accessories are silver, white gold, ruby and diamonds.
When it comes to makeup, the best colors are eye shadows in medium to dark grays, plums and teal make your eyes look stunning. For lavishly long, perfectly defined lashes, wear navy mascara during the day and black during the evening. Highlight your complexion with deep pink and wine blushes. Hot pink, bright red and plum lipsticks make your lips look flaunt-able.
Color can make a big difference in your life. I know from experience. Before I learned my right colors, I had a closet full of right and wrong colors. Of course, the colors did not work together and definitely did not coordinate. I had no idea of the difference that coordinated colors can make. Further, I had a drawer full of lipsticks some with gold undertones and some with blue undertones.