Color selection is very personal, yet we sometimes allow fashion trends and our peers to have a great influence in our choices. A perfect example of this is the color black. Afraid to be caught in bright pink, vibrant turquoise or lime green? Then choose black to be safe! Maybe you don’t have a clue what a good color is for you, or you have had your “colors done” in the past, only to realize they really weren’t that complimentary on you.

Style Upgrade says to take a very good look at your skin, hair, eyes and hands to determine colors that will make you come alive and bring your image together.  She says “Once I began to assess the colors that are in my skin tone, I was able to discover my most flattering colors and the colors that coordinate best with them. Even if it doesn’t sound easy, it is.                                                                                                                                                     

       The colors that will look best on you are everywhere; you just have to look for them.Rainbow Parrots by MikeJonesPhoto

The colors in your skin is where we will start.  There are two major colorations we will be looking for.” Style Upgrade gives me particular color combinations we are to look for. 

First is the actual colors in your skin – Your Palm, Your Wrist, Your Ear, Your Gums, and Your Eyes…  You will find these colors in the pads of your hands, the shadows of your skin, your veins and the interior of your mouth.”

In my palms and wrists, I found some shades of  pink, red, lavender, blue, turquoise, and cream.  Shades of yellow and green were seen mostly in my eyes, and my mouth had mostly darker pinks and some blues. Very interesting!

“The second set of colors we are looking for are neutrals.  These are the shades we normally associate with skin, hair and eyes. You will have to look closely, but you will find more colors than you ever dreamed in your skin.  These are colors that will look good on you, and the colors that complement them as well.”

My neutrals were more colorful in my hair, which in years gone by had shades of chestnut, blond, dark brown and even a little black. Today, there are increasing strands of grey and white woven throughout. My favorite neutrals are chestnut and auburn.

The hardest part is knowing that there are many colors I just love, but not all of them are complimentary to my skin tones and hair. When I was a teenager, I had a favorite canary yellow dress I enjoyed wearing until someone came up to me and told me that it wasn’t a good color for me. I have never worn yellow since, but now I see that certain shades would go nicely with my skin and hair tones!

When you can identify the shades that are just right for your skin, eyes and hair tones, you will find greater freedom in coordinating outfits. You will also feel more confident that the colors you are wearing create a very appealing image to present to the world!

Feel free to let me know what you think!

Thanks for stopping by and “Making My Life Beautiful”!

XO Candy

How to Select the Right Colors for You!
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