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Choosing the colours that suit you is incredibly important, because they make such a huge difference to your appearance, before you even think about what style of clothes you should wear.  Part 1 of this series of blogs about colour helped you to identify whether you have a ‘warm’ or ‘cool’ complexion.  The next stage is to discover which season you are.  This is a little more complicated but with a bit of trial and error you should be able to see which colours look best.

Step 1 – Get the Light Right

Before you start, make sure you have a mirror set in natural daylight – artificial light tends to cast a yellow hue.  Next, remove any make-up.  Then you’ll need to gather up some clothing in certain colour-pairs to compare next to your face.

Step 2 – Choose the Right Palette

Warm ColoursIf you are warm-toned, you’ll need the following colour-pairs (left):  

Orange & coral; lime green & mid-violet; and brown & stone/beige.

Start your comparison with the orange on one shoulder and the coral on the other. 

If you are cool-toned, you’ll need these Cool Colourscolour-pairs (right): black & navy; blue-red & Barbie-pink; and royal blue & sky-blue.

Start with the black on one shoulder and the navy on the other.

Step 3 - Compare Each of the Pairs of Colours

Look at yourself in the mirror and see which colour in a colour-pair looks best.  If the colour is dominating you and your face has ‘faded’ in to the fabric, it’s the wrong colour.  Try each colour individually, looking for the one that makes you look healthier.   A good place to look is under the eyes.  The eyes are very important in this comparison, as wearing the right colour will make them stand out.  Try the next combination of colour-pairs, and keep going back to the colours you think look best.

You’ll end up with one colour from each colour-pair.  We’ll look at how to use these to create the palette that suits you in my next blog.  In the meantime, as a test, try finding a scarf in one of the colours that looked best and wear it to see if any one makes a comment – either way.  Be BOLD!

As always, if you have any questions or comments, please put them in a reply to this blog.