How do colours affect your look?

How Do Colours Affect Your Look

Colours bring your natural appearance to life and enhance your skin, eyes and hair. Right colours do not take over your look, they connect you and create harmony with your face.

Some colours make you look tired and washed out, emphasise shadows on your face and make your skin tone appear uneven while other colours make your skin looks healthy and glowing, your jaw line looks narrower and lifted up, your eyes look bright and sparkling, your hair look shiny and intense.

Right colours also reduce imperfections such as dark circles and lines under your eyes and bring more bright and awake appearance, you may not need a lot of make-up.

Universal Colours

There are some colours and neutrals called as “universal colours” . These colours have medium undertone, value and intensity, so they may be appropriate for more people. The thing with universal colours that they don’t look terrible on anyone, but they may not be your most flattering colours either! So if you’re looking for a colour that won’t be bad on anyone, for a uniform, or bridesmaid dress or the like, then you can choose universal colours.

Universal colours are : charcoal brown/taupe, navy, watermelon red, jade green, turquoise, teal, cobalt blue, deep periwinkle, medium purple, warm pink, stone gray and soft white.

In this page you will find everything about colours:

  • Colour Theory (components, combinations, seasons etc.)
  • SEASONAL COLOURS
  • HOW TO FIND YOUR SKIN UNDERTONE
  • Primary (4 Season) Seasonal Colour Analysis
  • Flow (12 season) Seasonal Colour analysis 

Colour Theory

Before we begin to our in-dept colour analysis, we need to know the components of colour theory. The color wheel was invented in 1666 by Isaac Newton, who mapped the color spectrum onto a circle. The color wheel is the basis of color theory, because it shows the relationship between colors.

The colour wheel

Primary colors are colors that can’t be mixed from other colors. There are three primary colors: red, yellow, and blue.

Secondary colors are colors that result from mixing two primary colors. There are three secondary colors: purple (red mixed with blue), orange (red mixed with yellow), and green (yellow mixed with blue).

Tertiary colors are colors made by combining a secondary color with a primary color. There are six tertiary colors : red-orange (vermillion), yellow-orange (amber) , yellow-green (chartreuse) , blue-green (teal) , blue-purple (violet) , and red-purple (magenta)

Hue, Shade, Tint and Tone

Hue

A hue is basically any color on the color wheel, the pure form of the colour.

shade tint tone

A shade is created by adding black to a base hue, darkening the color. This creates a deeper, richer color.

A tint
is created by adding white to a base hue, lightening the color. This can make a color lighter and less intense.

A tone
is created by combining grey with a base hue. Like tints, tones are subtler versions of the original color. It defines the colour for being bright/clear or muted/soft/smoky.

Colour Combinations

complementary colour combination

COMPLEMENTARY

Two colors that are on opposite sides of the color wheel. Provides a high contrast , therefore these colors will appear brighter and more prominent.

monochromatic colour combination

MONOCHROMATIC

Three shades, tones and tints of one base color. Provides a subtle and conservative color combination and creates a harmonious look.

analogous colour combination

ANALOGOUS

Three colors that are side by side on the color wheel. Better to use one dominant color and use the others as accent colors in order to balance the look.

triadic colour combination

TRIADIC

Three colors that are evenly spaced on the color wheel. This provides a high contrast color scheme and creates bold, vibrant look.

tetradic colour combination

TETRADIC

Four colors that are evenly spaced on the color wheel. Better to use one dominant color and use the others as accent colors in order to balance the look, it has a bold and vibrant appearance.

Colour Analysis Components

1. Colour Temperature/Undertone
The color wheel can also be divided into warm and cool colors. The warmth or coolness of a color is also known as its color temperature. Warm colors are the colors from red through to yellow. Cool colors are the colors from blue to green and purple. For general ruler, YELLOW is the WARMEST colour while BLUE is the COLDEST.

This does not mean that every blue is cool or every yellow is warm. Every colour has different undertones can be cool or warm.

the colour wheel

2. Luminance/Value/Contrast/Dept
It is the amount of brightness or light in a color. The scale is between light and dark/deep.

colour value

3.Saturation/Chroma/Clarity/Intensity/Tone
It is the intensity or purity of the color. The scale is between muted/soft and bright/clear.

colour saturation

Seasonal Colours

Seasional Color Analysis is the most widely used colour analysis. Seasonal colors are hues that mirror the shades seen in the four seasons of nature.

SPRING COLOUS are bright, warm and tinted (white added to the pure colour form),
SUMMER COLOURS are soft, muted and toned (grey added to the pure colour forms) ;
AUTUMN COLOURS are golden and earthy, has shades and tones (black and grey added to pure colour forms)
WINTER COLOURS are cool and icy, has shades and tints (white and black added to pure colour forms). 

WINTER

winter colours
winter colours
winter colours
winter colours
winter colour palette

SPRING

spring colours
spring colours
spring colours
spring colours
spring colour palette

SUMMER

summer colours
summer colours
summer colours
summer colours
summer colour palette

AUTUMN

autumn colours
autumn colours
autumn colours
autumn colours
autumn colour palette

Undertone & Overtone 

The colour of your skin, hair and eyes are all the result of the combination of melanin (black, blue, brown) and carotene (yellow, orange, red) levels. Undertone refers to the underlying colour of your skin tone. It can be anywhere on the spectrum of cool (blue) through neutral (red) to warm (yellow). Skin overtone is the overlaying colour of your skin, it ranges from fair to deep. 

Warm Undertones

Cool Undertones

Neutral Undertones

HOW TO FIND YOUR SKIN UNDERTONE

To understand your skin temperature, you can hold a white paper next to your face (in natural light):
if your skin appears gray, pink or blueish than you are COOL,
if it appears yellowish or peachy than you are WARM.

COOL

WARM

There is also “SILVER AGAINST GOLD” test while gold metal fits Warm skin complexion and silver fits Cool. (Warm skin clashes with silver, look greenish, because it has yellow undertones; Cool skin has the same effect when you bring gold near it, because it has blue undertones)

Primary (4 Season) Seasonal Colour Analysis

Seasonal Color Analysis consist four, twelve or sixteen categories depending on which theory is used. Each category has its own matching colour palette. Primary Seasonal Colour Analysis represents 4 seasons while Flow Seasonal Colour Analysis represents twelve or sixteen colour categories.

Primary Seasonal Colour Analysis represents 4 colour categories which are named after seasons:
Winter, Spring, Summer and Autumn.
This analysis focus on two dimensions:

1.Temperature /Undertone : WARM-yellow based or COOL-blue based
2.Value/Contrast :  DARK/DEEP or LIGHT

Colour Dimensions Explained For Seasonal Colour Analysis

These colour dimensions are used to represent two basic variables:
Undertone of your skin, hair and eyes (WARM/golden or COOL/ashy/blueish)
Your overall natural colouring (DARK or LIGHT)

WARM

Warm Skin Tones : yellow, golden, peachy, earthy undertones (may have green veins)

Warm Eye Colours : Brown, hazel, olive green, blue with yellowish rim around the pupil

Warm Eye Colours

Warm Natural Hair Colours : Brown (Light to dark golden tones), Blonde (golden or strawberry); red (ginger, copper, auburn)

Warm Brown Hair Colours
Warm Blonde Hair Colours
Warm Red Hair Colours

COOL

Cool Skin Tones : blue, gray or pink undertones (may have blue veins)

Cool Eye Colours : Blue, grey, hazel, light brown

Cool Eye Colours

Cool Natural Hair Colours : Brown (light to dark ashy tones), Blonde (ash, sand), Black, Silver, Gray

Cool Brown Hair Colours
Cool Blonde Hair Colours
Cool Dark Hair Colours

NEUTRAL

Neutral Skin Tones : peachy pink and red undertones 

Neutral undertones are balanced between yellow and blue and are the most versatile. If you have a neutral undertone, this means that your undertones are roughly the same color as your actual skin tone. There are three categories for Neutral: Full Neutral, Neutral-Warm and Neutral Cool. 

PRIMARY SEASONS

There are four possible results according to this method:

If you have cool skin tone, you would be either Winter or Summer:
If your natural hair has darker tones, you would fall into WINTER colour palette,
If your hair has lighter tones, than you would have SUMMER colour palette.

If you have warm skin tone, you would be either Spring or Autumn.
If your natural hair has darker tones, you would fall into AUTUMN colour palette.
If your hair has lighter tones, than you would have SPRING colour palette.

Seasonal Colour Analysis Winter

COOL-DEEP-BRIGHT
Medium to deep hair colours, natural grey and white hair colours; deep value eyes; blue based, bright, light to dark, reflective, cool skin tones; high contrast between skin, eye and hair colours, bright and clear qualities; cool, sophisticated, dramatic, striking and brilliant appearance.

Seasonal Colour Analysis Summer

COOL-MUTED-LIGHT
Medium to light ashy brown and blonde hair colours; light, soft, matte, cool skin tones; light colour eyes, smoky qualities; soft, elegant, smoky, harmonious and refined appearance.

Seasonal Colour Analysis Autumn

WARM-MUTED-DEEP
Medium to deep value hair colour, golden browns, reds; light to dark, opaque, matte, warm skin tones; golden qualities; approachable, earthy, woodsy, rich, authoritative and strong appearance.

Seasonal Colour Analysis Spring

WARM-BRIGHT-LIGHT
Peachy, shiny, light, bright, translucent and reflective warm skin tones; mostly golden or strawberry blonde hair colours; bright qualities; fresh, glowing, youthful, fun, radiant, lively, cheerful and inviting appearance.

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