Are you Cool or Warm?

Whether you're a fashionista or a style novice, it's important to wear colours that work with your skin tone and hair colour.

Here are a few guidelines for you to consider.

Firstly, you need to determine your skin tone

You will need:

  • Good natural lighting (Avoid fluorescent bulbs)

  • Mirror

  • Hairband to tie your hair away from your face

  • A white shirt/sheet & a cream shirt/sheet (matt fabric only).

  • No jewellery or make-up allowed

Look in the mirror and hold the white fabric under your chin - then repeat with the cream fabric. Look at the clarity of your eyes and see if you can see them light up. Regardless of race, most skin has red, blue, pink or yellow undertones.

  • Warm? the cream fabric should give you a warm glow

  • Cool? the white fabric should give you a glow


So cream looked best?

Therefore you probably have yellow or red undertones

Ok… so stick with warm colours.

Warm colours are those with a yellow undertone. Think of walking in the park on a beautiful sunny autumnal day - rich shades of gold, orange-brown, yellowish-green (khaki), burnt red, camel and beige.

If you have warm colouring, it is likely that you will have one of the following hair, eye colour and skin tone combinations:

Your natural hair colour is coppery-brown, chestnut, charcoal brown, dark golden blonde, red, light or dark auburn

Your eye colour is brown, hazel, light green or light blue (perhaps with yellow flecks)

Your complexion is yellow-beige, golden-brown, peach or ivory. You may also have freckles and perhaps tan easily.


So white looked best?

Therefore your skin might look a little bluish or pinkish? Go for cool colours.

Cool colours are those that have a blue undertone. Imagine a crisp and stark winter's day with pure white snow, enhanced by crimson sky, icy shades of grey, blue, pink, fuchsia, purple, burgundy, slate-grey, black and white.

If you have cool colouring, it is likely that you will have one of the following hair, eye and skin tone combinations:

Your natural hair colouring is black, dark brown, medium brunette, ash blonde, silver grey, salt and- pepper or white,

Your eye colour is dark brown, dark green, dark hazel or dark blue.

Your complexion is black, olive, fair, rosy or pale.

If you have white skin, it very often burns in the sun.


Warm colours? Throw on some gold jewellery.

Cool colours? Throw on some silver jewellery.


You should use your newfound knowledge when choosing makeup colours as well as attire.

Warm and cool colour rules also apply to make-up. Warm skins should be enhanced by foundation with a yellow base, and cheeks/lips work best in brown, coral or peach.

With cool skin, opt for foundation with a pink base and cheeks/lips look best in pinks, plums and cool reds.


“It’s quite incredible to think, that we might save the world through fashion” – Vivienne Westwood

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