How do we choose what colour swimwear to buy?
Choosing a colour that compliments your skin tone might sound like a lot of effort, but honestly it couldn’t be simpler. Skin undertones are split into three main sections: warm, cool and neutral. Once you know where you sit within these categories, you can follow a really simple colour guide to help you select shades that will flatter your skin tone and make you look amazing. Don’t worry, this is not about avoiding any colours, but just understanding which shades of those colours are going to look best on you.
So the easiest way to start is by understanding whether your skin has a warm, cool or neutral undertone. If you’re not sure, here’s how to find out:
Warm Skin Tones have golden, olive, yellow or peachy undertones. Red, yellow or orange undertones to your hair can also help to identify a warmer skin tone, as well as golden flecks in your eyes or a greenish hue to your veins. If you find it easier to compare your skin tone to a celebrity’s, Beyoncé, Clara Amfo, Rihanna, Kim Kardashian and Nicole Kidman all have warm skin tones.
Cool Skin Tones have rosey, pinkish or blue undertones. Blue or grey flecks in your eyes are also linked to cooler skin tones, as well as ashy hues in your hair tones. Cool skin tones also tend to have blue or purple looking veins. Angelina Jolie, Ming Xi, Lupita Nyong’o, Alek Wek and Scarlett Johansson are all examples of celebrities who have cool skin tones.
Neutral Skin Tones sit in between warm and cool undertones, so you if you are still struggling to decide which of the two you are then you probably have a neutral undertone! You might have a mixture of warmer and more ashy shades in your hair and your veins might appear similar to the colour of your skin, because neutral skin tones tend to have an undertone the same colour as the skin tone. Celebrities that have neutral skin tones include Amal Clooney, Rachel McAdams, Emma Watson, Ajak Deng and Lucy Liu.
So obviously you can wear whatever colour makes you feel fab and no colours are off limits, but there are a few guidelines that you can use to find the particular shades that will look great next to your skin tone. If you’re the kind of girl that avoids colours and always goes straight to the black section because you think that’s what you look best in, we urge you to take a look at these colour guides and try them out for yourself! With a little bit of guidance it can be so much easier to find the colours that really compliment your skin tone and you might find yourself loving colours you have never thought to try before.
If you have a Warm Skin Tone, wearing rich, yellow or peach based hues, jewel or earth tones will really bring out the golden tone of your skin and look amazing. Stick to golden metallics and creamy off-whites and browns and avoid icy, blue-based hues that may appear overly harsh against the skin.
If you have a Cool Skin Tone, then you will be looking for the opposite. Blue or pinkish hues, pastels and silver metallics will really compliment your skin tone. Monochromatic pristine whites and jet blacks will also look great, generally you want to stick to colours that have a similar tone to your skin.
Neutral Skin Tones look best in all the colours in between. Dusky, darker pastels and more subdued jewel tones will look great on you. Neutral beige, vanilla tones and blush pinks are also brilliant options. Overly bright hues are likely to wash you out, so stick to more subtle or deeper shades.