I want to know one thing. What is colour? PABLO PICASSO.

Colour is one of the most essential and least costly element in dressing yourself appropriately and attractively. It is one of the essential tools for choosing the right make-up for your face, building a flattering and effective wardrobe and for managing the impression you make on others. Colour is contagious. The colour you’re wearing has an immediate and powerful affect on you and the eyes of the beholder.  It has an impact on your:

  • natural colouring – your skin, hair and eyes;
  • figure;
  • mood or perspective on life; and
  • others’ perception of you.

Fine Artists understand the power of colour and have mastered how to use it as a precision tool to make their masterpieces more pleasing. Whether you’re Asian, Black, Caucasian or Hispanic, learning how to use colour effectively in your makeup, hair and wardrobe will transform your appearance and other’s perception of you.

Each of us has a unique skin tone. Discovering and wearing the colours that best compliment your skin tone and overall colouring will delight the eyes of the beholder, energise you and make you look healthier, slimmer, younger, smarter and more radiant. Your skin will look smoother, your hair will glow and your eyes will appear brighter and more youthful. You will seem confident and be better able to manage the impression you make. People will notice you, not what you’re wearing. Conversely, wearing the wrong colours, will make you look pale, fatter and older. Your skin and hair will look dull or sallow, your eyes will look tired, any lines on your face will be more apparent and any figure flaws will be accentuated.  You may seem timid, dowdy and people will notice what you are wearing, not you.

So what are the best colours for you?

The best colour in the whole world, is the one that looks good, on you! COCO CHANEL.

Let me begin by establishing an important point. We can all wear every colour on the colour spectrum, but not all the shades and clarities of each colour on the spectrum.  For it is the shade and clarity of a colour that determines whether it flatters you. The first principle in dressing your self effectively and attractively is understanding which shades and clarities of each colour in the colour spectrum suits you – which shades and clarities look good against your skin, your hair, your eyes and on your overall colouring.

What do I mean by clarity or shade? 

Clarity refers to the purity of a colour – How distinctly red, blue or green a colour is. Shade refers to how dark a colour is. A shade is the mixing result of an original colour to which black has been added. So it is simply any colour with black added.

Your Personal Signature Colours

So we have established that we can all wear every colour on the colour spectrum and that it is the clarity and shade of a colour that determines whether it flatters our overall colouring. Your personal signature colours therefore includes the most flattering colours you can wear, which is made up of the shades and clarities that compliment your skin, your hair, your eyes and your overall colouring.

Each of us has seventeen best colours in our personal signature colour palette, that make us look and feel great. About seven to ten of these colours are found in our natural colouring – our hair, eyes, skin including our lips.  The remainder, which are not found on our body are complementary and are needed to complete our personal signature colour palette. If a colour is present in our natural colour scheme, we can match it exactly for stunning effects.

If a colour is not present in our natural colour scheme, to establish how well it flatters or not, we will need to look at what it does to our natural colouring. The best way to tell whether a colour complements your skin tone is to stand in front of the mirror in good daylight and hold the colour next to your face. The first question to ask yourself is: Does the colour enhance your overall colouring? The second question to ask yourself is: Does the colour make you look tired or drained? If the shade or clarity of the colour warms or complements your natural colouring; smooths and clarifies your complexion, minimises lines, shadows and circles, you may include it in your personal signature colour palette as a complimentary colour. If it dulls, greys or overwhelms your body colours, accentuating lines or shadows around your mouth and nose, dark circles under your eyes, blotches or ageing your face, then you should avoid it. So simply, your personal signature colours are the set of colours that repeat and enhance your natural colouring.

Your wardrobe should consist mainly of the seven to ten colours which are found in your natural colour scheme and your complimentary colours. Wear colours outside your immediate signature colour palette only as accents and never repeat a colour accent more than twice when creating a look, otherwise the accent becomes distracting.



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