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The Colour Analysis Guide

Have you noticed that specific clothing colours make you look tired and washed out, while others instantly make you look bright and glowing? There is a reason some colours work for one person and not for another. It has to do with your colouring.

Choosing the wrong colour clothes can leave you looking sallow and unwell. If you want a wardrobe that enhances your best features, it’s paramount to learn the colours that flatter you the most. This guide is a great tool to help you find them.

How Colours Can Affect Your Appearance

Whenever you wear an outfit, the colour will fall into three categories:

  1. Your perfect colours

These colours enhance your natural appearance and highlight your skin, eyes, and hair. The correct colours can reduce imperfections such as dark circles under your eyes, lines, and discolouration while bringing out a healthy complexion. You’ll appear glowing and fresh-faced.
Listen to your instincts. When trying on a new outfit, you will often come across colours that suit you by accident.


What makes a colour look fabulous on you?

The answer is that a colour will look great on you if it falls within similar tones and shades of your natural colouring. You have a natural colour palette that makes up your skin, eyes, and hair. So any colour that complements your natural complexion and makes you look fresh and full of vitality.


For example, Kate Middleton looks fantastic in the bottle green on the left. Her natural colouring is deep, just like that particular green. The green on the right has no depth and is too wishy-washy for Kate. Thie bottle green colour emphasises the tones in her natural pigment, making her look healthy and glowing.

Kate middleton
Kate middleton

2. Colours that suit everyone

In this section, you will find the shades that work for everyone. They are often relatively neutral or found naturally in nature. Navy Blue, Stone, Bottle Green, Charcoal and Ivory often make up some of these colours. Another feature of these shades is that they usually mix and match easily.


3. Colours that do not enhance your natural beauty

These colours make you look unwell. They can make you look drained and even highlight or create false impressions of dark circles under your eyes and blemishes. Your hair will look drab, your face will look gaunt and often give the appearance of discolouration.

Why do some colours look so terrible on you? It’s because they do not compliment your natural skin, hair and eye colours. It could be that they are too dark, bright or warm for you. The same goes for the opposite; light, muted or cool. 

For example, if you have warm undertones – like Kate Middleton – a cool light blue will make you look ill because it has cool undertones. The pale, light blue clashes and makes her look tired and emphasises the shadows beneath her eyes.


What Makes Up A Colour?

Three aspects make up colour and can affect how it compliments your eyes, skin, and hair. 

1. Hue

The hue scale tells us the temperature of a colour. It can be warm, neutral, or cool.

2. Value

The value scale tells us how light or dark a colour is.

3. Chroma

And finally, the chroma scale tells us whether a colour is muted, neutral, or bright.

How colours can affect your appearance

You also assess what colours suit you, based on three categories.

1. Temperature

We look at how warm or cool your overall tone is. You might be cool, warm or neutral.

2. Depth

This section looks at how dark or light your features are. 

3. Clarity

Clarity applies to how muted or clear your overall feature are. If you have dark hair, porcelain skin and the whites of your eyes are striking against the colour of your iris; you will likely be a Pure. Similarly, if your skin, hair and eyes do not show massive contrast in the depth of colour, you will likely be a Soft. 

The Personal Colour Analysis

A Personal Colour Analysis aims to determine your colour profile by matching your natural colouring to those shades that sit on the same scale. Where do you sit on each of the three colour scales?

It is essential to mention that a colour analysis does not match colours to your personality or body shape. Rather, it looks at certain aspects of the natural colouring of your skin, eyes and hair and matches those with colours that will reduce the appearance of imperfections and blemishes and will bring out all of your natural beauty.

In other words, it shows you which colours make you look washed out and which ones make you come alive.