When discovering what colors do and don’t look good on you, keep the following tips in mind:
1. When I refer to colors looking good on you; I am mainly referring to cosmetics and tops/shirts/blouses, as they are the closest to your face and the key to you either looking radiant or sickly.
2. Keeping number 1 in mind, if a color you like is not one that flatters you, it doesn’t mean you have to give it up completely. You can wear it as bottoms, in accessories, as nail polish, or even in your home as decor. Also, the wrong color may not necessarily make you look hideous, but the key is that it will not flatter you the same as something in your tone will. For example, Spring and Autumn are often warned to avoid black. Black does not always look bad on these two seasons but it will often just “sit” on you. See number 6 also.
3. Determining your colors depends on your natural state. Apply this advice keeping your natural hair color in mind. Often, artificial hair colors can throw off judging the colors that look best. It is also a good idea, if you color your hair, to let your color-season dictate the range of hair colors to choose from–if you are going for a natural look. If you are going for shock value, disregard this.
4. If you are warm or cool, it doesn’t mean colors who, at their primary core are considered warm or cool, are always for you and it doesn’t mean the opposite-toned colors are completely off-limits. For example, yellow is generally considered to be a warm color. However, some yellows are warmer and some cooler than others. If you are a warm Season, don’t just grab any yellow item and get crunk. If it’s a golden yellow, it will work. If it is one of those electric neon acid yellows, it won’t work. That particular kind of yellow however, can look good on Summers, a cool Season.
Similarly, Spring and Autumns don’t share all of the same colors; neither do Summer and Winter. Spring and Summer can often look better in the lighter colors than Autumn and Winter. Autumn and Winter can often look better in the deeper, more vibrant colors than Spring and Summer. I will show examples of this in future posts.
5. Most black women will be either Autumn or Winter, given that most of us have naturally dark hair. Of course there are black women with naturally lighter hair too, which is where Spring or Summer would come in.
6. Finding the right color can make the difference between “That’s a cute top/dress/blouse!” and “You look gorgeous!” Wearing the right color makes everything flow head-to-toe, while wearing an off color, makes the COLOR or the ITEM stand out, rather than YOU.