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Finding The Perfect Color Palette For You
Let’s face facts: How many of us have makeup that just gathers dust? You know how it goes. You’ll be going through a magazine and see the color of the season advertised, you pick a lipstick because it matches those new heels you bought, or maybe a friend has something new and you want the same. But... eek! You try it on and it just doesn’t look right.
Choosing the right color can be pretty daunting. After all, everyone looks at your face first! You need to find makeup with colors that harmonize with your natural coloring and still makes you feel like you.
What Color Are You?
The best way to find out what color palette will work for you is to try to determine what "season" you are: winter, summer, spring, or fall. Color analysts believe that the human eye is naturally drawn to the colors that look best on us and to the shades that will complement our skin tone and eye color. But anyone who’s been faced with the counter at Sephora will know that it can feel like it’s impossible to tell the difference between what will work and what you just want to grab.
Working Out The Season
To determine whether you have a winter, summer, spring, or fall complexion, you’ve got to go right back to the basics. A simple foundation will help with this. Dab a pink-tinted liquid foundation on one cheek and a yellow-tinted foundation on the other. When you blend them in, which one disappears?
If the pink one blends away, your skin has a cool undertone that will look best with a summer or winter color palette. If it’s the yellow one, you have a warm skin tone and you’ll look best with a spring or fall palette.
What to Do With A Warm Skin Tone?
Yellow-based tones should be second nature to you. If your coloring is fair, ask at the makeup counter for pretty and lighter shades of peach, coral, or apricot. For those of us with darker skin, go for stronger shades of copper, bronze, or terra cotta.
What To Do With A Cool Skin Tone?
Blue-based shades will bring your natural coloring to life. If you have fair coloring, ask for a palette with shades of pink, soft rose, and raspberry. Darker skin tones will benefit from shades of plum, damson, and berry.
Once you’ve determined if you’re warm or cool, you can start to think about the season you match with best. This is the time to think about your Chroma. No, it’s not the new app sensation! It means the depth of color or contrast. A person with a strong contrast between their skin, hair, and eyes will look best in bright, clear colors. A person with soft chroma, who has little contrast between their skin, hair, and eyes, is better suited to muted, hazy tones. Sounds complicated? It really isn’t. A warm-toned person with soft chroma would be in spring colors; a cool-toned person with strong chroma would look best in winter.
What’s Right For Winter?
A winter color palette will be made of strong, bold colors with a blue undertone. Use blues and grays for a wintertime wow factor. The best colors for you will be emeralds, cobalt blue, fuchsia, and carnation. Look to how stars like Liv Tyler, Jennifer Connelly, and Zooey Deschanel are styled to get ideas for yourself.
What’s Right For Summer?
A summer color palette is the lighter, pastel version of winter. Keep yourself warm with peach and pink for a beautiful summertime glow. The best colors for you are baby blue, cool pink, pale greens, and lavenders. Your celebrity makeup inspiration should be people like Lili Reinhart, Margot Robbie, Cate Blanchett, and Reese Witherspoon.
What’s Right For Fall?
A fall color palette is made of rich earth tones found in nature, such as deep, woodsy browns, russet, and gold. Colors such as maize, teal, French blue, and camel will work best. Get makeup inspiration from the looks of Brigitte Bardot, Brie Larson, Gigi Hadid, and Elizabeth Olsen.
What’s Right For Spring?
The spring palette is the lighter version of fall. Pastel eyeshadows and nude lip colors will give you a dewy, fresh look. The best colors for you will be light, bright colors inspired by spring. Look to style icons like Kate Hudson, Goldie Hawn, Taylor Swift, and Blake Lively for makeup inspiration.
Of course, the most important thing about makeup is being happy with yourself. Wear whatever color makes you happy!