As we get older, our hair and skin-tone changes. Wearing the wrong colours can make us appear tired and older than our age, whilst the right colours will instantly enhance the way we look and feel. Wearing the right colours for you will flatter your face and figure, make you appear healthy and radiant and take years off your age.
So what are the best colours for you?
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.
So 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. Shades of a colour are deeper, richer, more powerful and mysterious.
Your Colour Spectrum
So we have established that we can all wear every colour on the colour spectrum and that it is the purity and shade of a colour that determines whether it flatters our overall colouring. Your colour spectrum 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 14 main colours in our colour spectrum, which will make us look and feel good. About 7 to 10 of these colours are found in our natural colour scheme – our skin, hair, eyes and lips. The remainder, which are not found on our body are complementary and are needed to make our colour spectrum complete. 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 whether it flatters or not, we will need to look at what it does to our body colours. If the shade or clarity warms or complements our body colours, we may include it in our colour palette as a complimentary colour. If it dulls, greys or overwhelms our body colours, then we should avoid it.