Posted by: Viviana M. Rueda Image | February 3, 2011

How to Match Colors to Any Skin Tone

Seasons applied to skin tone, who knew?!

‘Tis the season for color analysis – and you’re about to see why! While you all know that I will always love my black, like so many of you, we might be missing out on something here. Color analysis is a trick of the wardrobe planning and style consulting trades. It’s where these professionals (and now you) can pick the best colors to match an individual’s complexion, eye color and hair color. The easiest and most effective way of breaking this down is by seasons: Winter, Spring, Summer and Autumn. And this isn’t silly nilly stuff either. Did you know, my dear fashionistas, that the art of color analysis is a science, a.k.a. the Munsell color system?!

The color you wear can affect you physically, emotionally and how others perceive you. If you wear the color that compliments you naturally, you can minimize uneven skin tones, discolored teeth, tired eyes and the dreaded wrinkles. Not only will you feel brighter and more alert, but you’ll look it too. If that’s not enough, the right color will bring out your natural glow from within, as well.  When you leap out of bed feeling well-rested, cheery, and fabulous, what colors do you choose for the day?   What about when you crawl out feeling tired, stressed, or angry? Start keeping a mental note, and you will be surprised at what your subconscious is telling you (and others about you).

A word about getting too worked up about color analysis. Yes, some of us aren’t supposed to wear certain colors and for the most part, you’ll know automatically that this is the case. Many of you will be blessed with ability to wear a wide array of colors it’s just that some will work better for you but don’t rule out all colors and get all fanatical about color matching either.  Okay enough said, let’s dig into some details.

Before doing anything – Warm or Cool?
It’s easy to find your natural undertone! Look at the inside of your arm, during natural daylight, i.e. go outside ladies. If you see pink or blue undertones with blue veins, you’re ice, ice winter.; you might also find that platinum looks great on you. If you see yellow undertones, with greenish veins, you’re warm; it’s all about sunshiny gold. Or, if you are more old-school, stand 2-3 feet away from a mirror (with natural light), place a white paper below your chin, close your eyes for a few seconds, now open them. If you see the white paper first, you’re warm. If you see your face first, you’re cold (cool). Voila!

You know that you’re Winter when
Winter is a cool tone (surprise, surprise). Your skin can be pale and porcelain white, yellowish-olive, or dark. Asians and African-Americans share many winter traits. Often times, they are brunettes with dark eyes (or natural white-blondes).You’ll look best when you wear vivid and blue undertones. Blacks, navy blues, bold reds and hot pinks will spice you up, Winter. Join the Anne Hathaway, Jada Pinkett, and Lucy Liu cohort.

Nothing looks wintery about these ladies...they all look breathtaking

You know that you’re Spring when
A balmy warm tone. Subtle golden undertones that compliment creamy white or peach skin. Think very light and ivory type skin. Natural blondes, auburns or strawberry blondes fit this type (so do freckles, rosy cheeks, pale eyes). You’ll look and feel like a spring chicken in clear and yellow-based pastels. Soft peaches, golden yellows/browns, aquas, corals, and bright greens, will bring out those beautiful pale eyes. Join the ranks of Charlize Theron and Heidi Klum.

Charlize can even pull off gold skin!

You know that you’re Summer when
Another cool tone (real surprise). Skin tends to be very pale and pink. Think natural blondes (or pale brunettes with light eyes). Feel as sunny as the sunshine in muted and blue undertones. Dusky pinks, lavender, plum and pale yellows will brighten you up in no time.  You’re in with Jessica Biel, Jen Garner and Rihanna.

All of these lovely ladies did their color analysis homework!

You know that you’re Autumn when
A warm tone with peach, golden beige or golden brown. Often times, redheads and brunettes, with golden brown eyes will be Autumn. Men will fall head-over-heels for ya in deeper and muted yellow-based undertones. Beige, olive, oranges, gold and dark browns (very Mediterranean feel) will make you look like a brand new you; fall is all about transformation, ladies. You’re autumn sistahs include Kristin Kreuk, Jessica Alba, Aishwarya Rai and Jennifer Lopez.


Always, remember, ladies that you’re best accessory will always be your confidence. Smile and own it 🙂



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