I thought I’d start off my celebrity profiles with my favorite singer, Amel Larrieux. Amel is a Winter. Let’s take a look at some of her photos and fashion colors.
Usually, the easiest way to tell if your skin has warm or cool undertones is to put on a black or white shirt. For black women, I have found it especially telling with white shirts; black can be tricky sometimes. Here, even with slight touches of gray if you look closely, all you see is Amel looking lovely in white. She makes the white look so crisp yet so soft. She does not look washed out at all; which is common for someone with a warm skin undertone in white. Winters definitely glow in white.
Here, Amel is in a deep jewel-tone purple. Winters look FABULOUS in cool-hued, royal jewel tones. A warm-toned person would look washed out in this and deeper jewel purples (I know because I am warm and I have a deep indigo dress that I look super-pale in).
See how Amel looks like it ain’t no thang to saunter down the street looking all ethereal? The burgundy dress really sets off her skin. Interestingly, burgundy is one of those both-ways colors. Burgundy can work on cool and warm skin tones. I’ll refer to them as Season Neutrals and expand on those in a future post.
This picture is from my trip to San Francisco to see her sing. What’s awesome (color-wise) about this picture is you can start to see the difference in Autumn and Winter in similar colors. I am wearing gray and Amel is wearing a grayish-lavender. See how Amel is holding down that shimmery lavender-gray satin, looking all fresh and I look like a wilted piece of lettuce? That’s color tones at work. I am an Autumn. Amel is a Winter. I am wearing a cool gray and it washed me out to oblivion. Gray is actually another color neutral, but there are definitely warm grays and cool grays. I have no business in a cool gray. Amel on the other hand can work it all day and all night *snaps in a Z formation*
Now, Amel does not look bad in any of these shots. What I see, however, is that these colors do nothing for her skin. Her face looks matte and not glowy in the orange; the orange is the star of the show. The brown washes her face out. The gold is kind of just sitting on her, rather than flowing with her skin tone. Compare these last 3 photos with the ones of her in cool colors. The difference to me is striking, she shines in the cooler tones, making her a clear Winter.
Hopefully, this all made sense to you and you can start to see the difference in wearing colors that flatter your skin tone the best. If you have a black celebrity woman you want featured, e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org