There are too many exceptions to the rules. Can we see a photo of your outfit to give ideas on how to bring black to life? Colour saturation is another important point to consider. You probably know if you are warm. Yes, pumpkin color will go very well with cool tones. She also looks fantastic in black, so it's really just trial and error, I think. How Do I Recognize Warm or Cool Skin Tones? Cobalt blue suits which complexion? “The best way to tell whether you have a cool skin tone is if you have blue eyes, your veins look blue rather than green, and your skin is on the lighter side often with reddish undertones,” says Reis. Remember how stunning Ele looked in that black vintage frock! To answer your question, you look great in black Sarah. It took me a while to realize that I had been figuring out that I needed cool toned lipstick and that I had been spending hours picking them out by comparing all the different colors and then deciding that the cool tones worked best. But there really are a set of the best colors for cool skin tones. Vivid red and other clear colors such as hot pink, lemon yellow, and emerald green can brighten and flatter these complexions. Since I'm cool skin toned, will self tanners look OK on me? Wikibuy Review: A Free Tool That Saves You Time and Money, 15 Creative Ways to Save Money That Actually Work. Women with brown hair, brown eyes and pale pasty skin don’t wear black well. The Old Jewelry Trick. I've received many contradictory descriptions of my complexion over the years (everything from pale to olive), so I simply don't know whether I fit into Angie's guidelines above. The darker your skin, the more it may look like a blue-black or red-brown. And remember that my specs are black and white too. All I can think of is navy. Women with summer-cool skin tones will look best in soft hues of blue, mauve and lavender. Read about what to wear and how to wear it on the YLF Blog. Certain so called “Autumns” can look bad in black too. I am sort of what Angie described- brown hair, pasty skinned, and brownish hazel eyes. Some Deep Cool can flow into Deep Warm, and wear some Deep Warm colors. My sister is textbook Summer- pale porcelain skin, blue eyes, blond hair, looks great in pinks and blues. Kristen, I much prefer you in charcoal grey, rich browns and ink blue as opposed to solid black. Winter 1. Those with a cool skin tone tend to look better in silver jewelry. Sara when I think of ink blue, I think of something like this: The only reason they look that color at all is because of the light reflecting off the skin, so I think that whether you have warm or cool skin tone has got more to do with the transparency of your skin than the pigment. They can in fact have a warmer tinge them, usually you can tell because they are richer in tone those with more yellow tones. With that said, I still adore black - I just have to soften it up. Somehow, my rosy cheeks and tri colored platinum hair make it work. The first time I read about cool and warm skin tones I didn't really think it was all that much of a big deal and that all skin tones were individual, so they couldn't be summed up as either being cool or warm. I first noticed it with lipstick. Your specific and unique skin tone can change, depending on the amount of exposure you have with the sun. I'm convinced that the ability to wear black is completely separate from normal personal colouring theory, like there's a special "black gene" that some people just have, lol. How Do I Choose the Best Makeup for a Cool Skin Tone? The way you wear black is perfect. And I look like an... an albino witch! As I've aged I think it has gotten worse. I want it to be intentional. I love the color! But because I have a peaches and cream complexion, I look good in peach too. These hair colors will be very flattering. So as a blond, you might need to go to a lighter shade as a neutral -- grays, browns, blues. Personally, I think I look fine in black but I can do better. I think that it is way too harsh against my skin colour (alabaster white in winter, freckly in the summer) and just makes me look like a goth. Join the YLF Forum to ask specific questions or just chat about fashion and personal style. The best cool skin tone colors have a blue base, while orange-based shades in cosmetics, hair colors, and clothing are best avoided. Both hair and skin really glow when you combine cool skin tones with black hair, giving you a Snow White effect. I’ll add a bright emerald green trapeze jacket over the top. No matter what undertone you have, shades like mint greens, baby pinks, pastel greys and peaches tend to suit your skin tone. Cathy, I agree that colour analysis theory can be a good starting point. Khris looks great in earthy brown neutral tones. The best cool skin tone colors have a blue base, while orange-based shades in cosmetics, hair colors, and clothing are best avoided. If you follow one of these links and make a purchase, YLF might earn a commission. But when these same brown haired, brown eyed women have rosy skin tone, they look great in black. Product links on YLF sometimes contain affiliate codes. Platinum blond, violet-brown, dark brown, and jet black are some hair colors that tend to suit cooler skin tones. I have a pic of me, in 6th grade, wearing a dark long sleeve sweater, my hair a nearly white-blonde, all one length, and very long (to my hip). If your veins look blue, you are likely a dark cool. It makes my hair look golden (as opposed to just mousy brown), my skin look tanned and my eyes look brighter. Try to keep your look rich, and remember, a true DEEP COOL, can wear dark red lipstick, black eyeliner and a dark blue dress without looking goth. It's good to know that I am in line with what Angie sees. If you can’t seem to tell if it’s either green or blue, then it is very likely that you’re neutral toned. I think there are more variables that come into play here than just skin tone: we both have quite pale skin, yet black looks different on me than on you. Once the basic difference is understood, it can make shopping for cool-toned makeup, clothing, and hair colorings much simpler. While I'm not a strict follower of seasonal color analysis, I think it has a lot to offer in terms of giving people a color palette to start working with. Or check out the curated list of things we love in YLF Finds. I thought that you just had to figure out what suited you, or even that you just have to figure out what you could get away with. I am wearing a sleeveless black top right now (with white bottoms). Your skin tends to have blue, red or pink undertones and your skin can be pale white, olive or dark. garmenta, I meant to comment on the blog yesterday but got distracted. Adore that color. Hmmm, now I am curious which neutral you would select for me, Angie. Understanding Your Skin Tone. If they look blue, you have cool toned skin, if they look greenish, you have warm toned skin. It’s just “too boxy” and often does not make sense. Just about any pastel shade will do, although neutrals can also be … I really believe that things like hair color and makeup can change what colors I can wear best. “Honey, warm-coloured skin tones really can wear any metal beautifully from rose, yellow or white gold, to silver. thread and Angie can confirm or reverse our conclusions. Tow heads don’t wear black well. Of course now I also want to know what Angie thinks for me! While I've got a yellowish tone to my skin, which I guess I get from my father's side of the family. If your skin looks gray or ashen, then you are a neutral skin tone. Skin tones can vary from warm (yellow or olive-based) to cool (pink or blue-based). Follow this guide to learn how to identify your skin tone, pick stand-out colors, and work those colors into a coordinated ensemble. Thanks. I sound obtuse. Skin is light cream, turns more yellow than brown in the sun. I unfortunately inherited super pale skin from my father, who was pale and had pitch black hair. My colouring is like hers: Women of cool skin tones can wear shades of brown, red hair color and even blonde hair colors. I am not an avid supporter of colour analysis theory. Wearing lemon yellow tends to brighten cool complexions, while golden yellows usually have the opposite effect, seeming to add shadows to the face. Blues with a violet undertone are typically the most flattering. I think they used to say you were a "winter" or a "summer" for a while, but it basically means the same thing. I avoid wearing black close to my face at least. Do you have something in that color to give me an idea, Angie? They have some underlying cool tones and … The result is that we can't really ever use each other's makeup or clothes, except things that are just basic black or white. Last fall I wore black trousers EVERY day to work, so I made myself do without them last winter. Balance the outfit with whites, blacks or any solid colour that works well with the pastel you’re wearing. Good question, Sarah. If your nail bed is reddish, pink or blue toned then you fall into the cool tone category! I think Sarah would rock a dark ink blue. Eyes are grey with some blue and yellow in them. This image has stuck in my head forever, and anytime I wear head-to-toe black (like a black dress) I think it is draining and witchy looking. Eiseman has written no less than 10 different books on color, so we knew she'd be the perfect expert to tap. While taupe is a cool neutral, as it has some gray in it, beige contains some yellow that makes it too warm for most cool complexions. If your skin looks pink, rosy, or blue, then you have a cool skin tone. I don't like wearing black any longer either. I have a dress and a couple of tops in that which I love. It's almost too dark to be navy. Could you perhaps give some examples of coloring or tones that don't wear black well? It just didn't work for me. Go bold with stark black, keep it neutral with a tortoise pattern, or play with any number of fun shades. I agree with Angie, that there is no season that can or cannot wear black. Some lucky people have a neutral skin tone that works well with both warm and cool clothing colours. Your hair color can be dark brown, black or natural blonde and your eye color tends to … I don't want black to be my fall-back color or look. I have recently rejected the color season theories as well. Those of the dark cool tones have a large range in skin colors—from fair or olive skin to medium brown or dark brown skin. I do like brown but I dunno... ? In fact I have to write "ink" or "blk" on the tags of some items in my closet that I have in both colors. Platinum blond, violet-brown, dark brown, and jet black are some hair colors that tend to suit cooler skin tones. I "shouldn't" be able to wear black well (both according to seasonal analysis AND Angie's explanation above), but I do. I look better when I offset a black top with pearls though (adds white into the mix). Black near my face gives me huge circles under my eyes, and makes me look even more pale. Remember the rules, if you have gold or olive tones you want to wear warm tones to balance out your color and if you have warm, red under tones you want to wear cooler colors to keep you from looking ruddy and muddy. I guess we could just turn this into a "Do I look good in black?" Still, I found that I can make it work if I add white close to my face or use black as a base layer. Their colors are slightly less warm and the most pigmented of the Autumns. If your skin has gold or yellow to it, you may have warm undertones. Dark haired people with both warm and cool skin tones can wear bold pinks, blues, tortoise, and black, but it’s best to reserve shades of purple, green, and white for those with cooler skin only! Another way to find out your skin tone is … Khris and Patience, black would not be my first choice for you. If there are any ideas or suggestions, please let me know! I agree, white is stunning on Patience. For example, my sister has cool toned skin. Forest green is yellower, while pine is bluer. That’s how I wear black most of the time. People with cool complexions often can wear any shade of blue, although a lot of green can warm up the color. If I had just followed the rules about cool skin colors then I could have gone straight to the right colors, rather than messing around with the whole range. Spring colouring If you have a warm skin tone and golden blonde or light-medium brown hair … Thanks! You can partner it with a dark color like black, which will make your skin tone look brighter. Neutral skin tone. For yellows, a green rather than orange undertone is best. Many people confuse this with warmth, but it is actually a cool undertone. Marianne, spot on! Complexion can be light, medium, or dark. You need to be logged in in order to reply. For the most part I do. Navy is probably better, but I have a mental block against it (for entirely different and not very rational reasons). So many things play into the total look. Absolutely not, Michelle. In fact, most people who are very pale are cool skinned, but so are people with true olive skin or dark skin. But people who don’t wear black well look very drained in the hue. More & more companies are adding "neutral" colors - if your coloring is more balanced you may want to try colors designated as neutral.