I’m the girl who walks past someone and says ‘ooo she/he looks good’. I’ve always admired others outfits and it’s truly made me think damn how they pull it off so well. Which triggered my thoughts of…have I been matching my colours wrong all this time? Hold on, is colour analysis a superficial theory, or is there real physiology behind this? All is revealed…
Now if we get really historical here it’s merely impossible to pinpoint a fine line when it began. Colour analysis in general has been focused from physicist, philosophers, and mathematicians and of course artists, all of which have had their own input to this focus. However, picking the highlight of the subject, colour analyis seeded in the 1740s by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe; a poet who researched and wrote the perception of colours on an individual, as opposed to Sir Isaac Newton’s theory who believed purely the scientific way. He viewed his thoughts from a philosophical point of view, such as how one interacts with colour, how combination work for individuals and how it affects the human factors.
Fast forwarding to one of the latest findings, theorist Suzanne Caygill looked deeper in the colours pallets based on characteristics of an individual, resulting into categorising them into seasons. This became strongly popular and a strong foundation to many colour professionals as it was targeting personal traits including skin, hair and eye colour. Upon this research, Carole Jackson produced her research in the book ‘Colour me Beautiful’ which made a huge hit in the 1980s. She simplified Caygils theory, making it easier for everyday women to style efficiently and named her theory ‘Colour me beautiful’.
Colour is a powerful tool in life and incredibly important to understand which shades harmonise with your complexion. I hear you ask how you ‘harmonies’ colours towards your skin. It’s fairly simple; you place a colour near your face and place it under your chin. Focusing on your face and not the colour; if it makes your skin appear blotchy, emphasis on the red or yellow undertone or even fizzle your features; that colour isn’t doing well for you. In some essence, wearing wrong colours can make you look paler, older and even make your teeth look yellow.
There’s more than what meets the eye, it’s a mental thing…I would like to present a scenario to you.
You’ve gone into a store and bought an extremely flattering blouse which you know will marry your black leather jeans. You get home, try it on and it just doesn’t feel right therefore you put it back into your wardrobe and think ‘I’ll wear it out on another date night’. The real meaning behind this isn’t because it doesn’t pair with your jeans, it’s because it doesn’t work in harmony with the undertone of your skin. This has happened to everyone right? (Light bulb moment)
Below, I have drawn up short season portfolios to place you within the category based on the ‘Colour me Beautiful’ theory (please bear in mind there is also a deeper diagnosis which involves 12 categories). Try to not look at the colours first and read the description first. Place yourself in the best category and then relate to the colours. In some situations, you may be more than one season and that is completely normal, hey more colours for you!
- Skin: Creamy ivory, ivory with golden freckles. Golden brown or golden beige. Cheeks tend to turn rosy/peachy when you blush. Generally light skin for your ethnicity.
- Hair: Light blond to medium brown or strawberry blonde with golden or red undertone.
- Eyes: Pale blue, turquoise, green hazel or light brown.
- Skin: Pale beige with gentle pink cheeks, rosy beige, grey-brown or rosy brown. A low contrast between the shades of your hair and skin.
- Hair: Light blond, medium brown, ashy undertone.
- Eyes: blue, grey blue, cool green, grey-brown, slate
- Skin: Ivory, peach with freckles, dark beige, golden brown. Rich colouring overall with a low contrast tones between skin, hair and eyes.
- Hair: Mid-brown to black, or medium to deep red. Golden, red undertones.
- Eyes: Hazel, medium to black-brown, olive or warm green.
- Skin: Very white, rose undertone, beige, grey beige, black. High contract between skin, hair and eyes.
- Hair: Ashy mid-brown or dark brown/black. Cool undertone.
- Eyes: Mid-brown to black brown, grey blue, pale blue or cool green.
Now knowing your colours, go ahead into your wardrobe and notice the difference for yourself. Purely focusing on the complexion of your face and your feeling within; you will see a instant change when wearing the colours within your season.
For us women, we tend to be attracted to bright colours. Whether that’s a cerise colour dress or a dark shade of lipstick. Physiologically, when we feel there’s something missing, we tend to draw our attention to makeup, which means we blotch on the colours. Pinning the right colours in your wardrobe will provide you a more versatile closet, and truthfully save you money as you would feel equally as confident wearing the right colours and of course offer a healthy complexion.
There are many colour houses that offer professional colour matching services. Agree it may be fairly costly; however looking in the long run it is always beneficial knowing what makes you look your best. A popular colour studios recommended within London is House of Colour.
I hope this factual post has in-sighted you with knowledge; I would love to know what season you fall into and how you style your wardrobe, comment below and let me know!
Cami Top: Bershka
Bag: River Island