Accessorizing a look is like adding sprinkles to a cupcake. All the right elements must match up to create something that pleases the senses. Selecting the best jewelry for your skin tone is just the same. Some blouses come in multiple colors to give shoppers the best versatility based on skin tone. Of course, accessories are the same. Choosing the best accessories for your skin tone doesn’t have to be a complicated process. If you understand the science behind why some colors look better on you than others, you will gain a better scope of what’s best suited for you. This article will help you discover what elegant pieces are available at your disposal. Our journey starts first with the history, the method, and finally how to apply what you’ve learned to create your most flattering look!
German philosopher Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe spawned the whole idea of utilizing color as a personal palette in fashion. He understood the psychology of color and how it balanced in nature. The theory of how it associated with clothing, however, was discovered later. Between 1919 and 1933 Swiss painter and professor, Johannes Ittien was keen and pointed out how portraits painted are more appealing when certain colors were used to match hair, eyes, and skin tone. For his students to paint better pictures, he created four different color palettes corresponding with the four seasons. He also produced four complexions, which helped his students even more. Both theories discovered by these artists are sound and lead to a plethora of books connecting color with personality and human emotions. In the 1980s, Carole Jackson wrote a book called “Color Me Beautiful” which simplified the seasonal color system (16 shades) into four specific color types. With this straight forward method, women were able to shop for clothes, makeup, and accessories with ease. Now that the summarized history of discovering your undertone and color palette have been revealed, we can focus on fashion and how it comes into play.
Are you a cool or warm type? This lies within the undertone. The elements that determine skin tone are as follows: hemoglobin, carotene, and melanin. There are a few tests that can help determine your skin tone starting with makeup.
Step 1 Cosmetics:
It’s all in the foundation! Take one pink based foundation and work it into one cheek. Then take a yellow based foundation and work that into the other cheek. After rubbing in the foundation on both cheeks, observe which one looks blended, and which looks like it’s just sitting on the surface of the skin. The blended one is the best match: Pink means cool, yellow means warm. Don’t use your regular foundation, since that may or may not be your best shade depending on the season.
Step 2 Features:
This step is straight forward too. Light eyes (i.e., blue, green, etc.), and hair are best suited for cool undertones, while darker eyes (i.e., brown, black, and hazel) are better suited for warm colors. The only downside of this step is the season. Your skin can lighten or darken depending on the time of year or climate you’re in. Try to assess your eye and hair color against natural light for the best outcome. Compare your NATURAL hair color please, so you can prevent misrepresentation of your real undertone.
Step 3 Vein Test:
This test is based on the veins on your inner arm or wrists. Look at your veins; if they are blue, then your undertone is cool, if they are green then your undertone is warm. This method is also straight forward. It’s a classic method that has worked for generations. It should be used more so to finalize the assessment; meaning don’t solely rely on this method, it should support the others.
Step 4 Silver/Gold sheet of paper:
Place a gold sheet against your left arm, and a silver sheet against your right. You will notice that the most flattering color will not stand out against your skin. Be sure to do this test against an open window with natural sunlight. Just like the vein test, the accuracy in the type of light the skin is exposed to.
Now that we outlined a few simple methods for discovering your undertone, we will proceed with great options in accessories and style. Feeling confident about what colors work for you is only part of the process.
FOR COOL UNDERTONES:
The go-to jewelry for cool undertones is silver. Silver earrings, necklaces, and rings highlight the most delicate features of the body. In terms of makeup, light blue, gray, sheer, and white eye shadow also helps women with cool undertones elevate their look. Denim clothing styles extremely well with cooler undertones, but mainly for light and acid wash styles.
FOR WARM UNDERTONES:
The general idea is to only focus on the facial area when considering undertones for accessorizing, but that is a limited concept. When dressing for your skin tone, be sure to style by pieces. Gold jewelry is a must for warmer undertones. Rose gold also works well with warm undertones in the form of hoop earrings, studs, necklaces, bangles, and just about any accessory in gold. Makeup is even more flattering with warmer tones. Red, orange, and deep berry lipstick colors work well with warmer skin colors too.
FOR NEUTRAL UNDERTONES:
As you get more adept to the seasons, accessorizing and dressing to suit your skin tone will get a lot easier. Pay more attention to the jewelry that highlight, but not take the spotlight. Precious metals that are not clunky will flatter delicate features. The same goes for gold too.
Ultimately great style is all in the creativity of the wearer. There are no colors that are “off limits” for people to wear. This guide only serves to cultivate a style that creates the most becoming looks. Color is an essential aspect of fashion. Using it to your advantage will benefit you in more ways than one!