The best tips to find your signature colors for the best wardrobe ever.
Have you ever noticed that certain colors make you feel, well – phenomenal? I know you’ve heard women say that this or that shade was their signature color. Some women have fine-tuned their color palettes to an art, while others struggle with how to find that perfect blue or defiant red that seems to set their look on fire.
Remember, not all yellows, greens, red, and blues are the same. Some can wash you out or make you look dull and unhealthy – this is all due to your under- and over-tones, and we’re going to help you find your way to your best colors.
Like a treasure map, X marks the spot and the place to begin is with your undertone and overtone. We know that matching your undertone and overtone for makeup is key, but did you know the same applies for picking your wardrobe colors?
Figuring out your actual skin tone can eliminate a lot of colors that should not be in your color wheel, and this can also save you a lot of stress while out shopping.
So, what is an undertone? Your undertone is the color that is beneath your skin and is invisible. What you see is a mixture of your undertone and overtone. Undertones range from blue (cooler tones) to yellow (warmer tones). There is a wide variety of colors that fall in the range of cool to warm undertones, and some women are true neutrals and are a perfect balance of both cool and warm – I am not one of those lucky people.
Your overtone is the surface color of your skin, and it might look peachy, yellow, brown, or pink. Other ways to describe overtones are ebony, ivory, sand, biscuit, and beige, for example – all quite common foundation names. You can be told you have a ‘rose ‘or ‘pink’ overtone if you have a cooler undertone and ‘yellow’ or ‘golden’ if you have warmer undertones.
Keep in mind there is also such thing as a false overtone, and this is when your skin appears to change color if you are wearing the wrong color – which is why knowing your under and overtone is so important when coordinating your wardrobe.
Here are a few ways to determine your undertone:
The Vein Test
Look on your wrist or under your eyes and see if your veins appear blue/purple (cool) or more in the green spectrum (warm).
Silver and Gold Test
Hold up silver and gold jewelry next to your face and determine which one gives you a brighter and healthier look. If one makes your skin look more gray, red, yellow, or gray and uneven then you can start to determine which is your best fit. IF silver gives you a healthy look then you are cool and by contrast if gold sets you aglow, then you are warm.
If neither of the above tests help, then you may be neutral and walk right in the middle of cool and warm. If this is you, gravitate to colors that are neither overly warm nor cool but are more warm/neutral or cool/neutral.
Now that we have our under- and overtones set, let’s get to styling!
When shopping, it’s important to know which colors hold the most power for you. Look at your undertone on the spectrum and match to colors that coordinate – or, for my artistic gals out there, ‘complimentary colors’.
You want to select colors that will bring out your skin tone, and the wrong color can pull your whole face down. Here we have a color guide to help you find complimentary colors for your shopping endeavors.
When you know your signature or strong colors, you can begin building your wardrobe with pieces that can be paired together beautifully and keep you looking bright and lifted. Of course, there are those of us who live and breathe for a black and white moment, but adding a pop of color – the right color – can change the whole look and evoke confidence and a little edge. See the wardrobe color rehab chart below for great pairings.
Now go forth and conquer your wardrobe, LUXYMOMs®! Show us your new color selections and be LUXY AF.