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Skin Color Palette
Many don’t know which skin color palette best suits their skin tone.
So, what can represent a problem when choosing an outfit is the color of the hair dye or the makeup we want to use since it may be that we select shades that are not the ones indicated for us.
How can we know what the right color palette is?
- There is colorimetry to know which color palette suits us best according to our skin tone. It is a study based on color theory.
- First, analyze the physical characteristics of people: eyes, hair, and skin. It resulted in colors that favored the factions and helped them look impressive.
- Then, color compatibility is expressed in four essential color palettes determined by temperature and contrast.
How to know the contrast of my skin tone?
Contrast is an extra determining factor when choosing the color palette for our skin tone. It subdivides temperature into two groups.
Formerly it will be determined according to whether the contrast between the eyes, the eyebrows, and the hair is more or less intense with the color of the skin.
It is how, if we have light skin but black hair, eyebrows, and eyes, we have a strong contrast. Like we have dark skin and blond hair and eyes.
Nonetheless, if we have dark skin and dark hair, eyebrows, and eyes, or are fair-skinned, with blonde hair and light eyes, here we do not have essential contrasts.
These contrast differences give rise to the two palettes subdivided between the two types of temperatures. The two subdivisions are called the four seasons.
However, the cold ones are winter and summer, while the warm ones are autumn and spring.
Winter: Cool color temperature + strong contrast.
Summer: Cool color temperature + low contrast.
Autumn: warm color temperature + strong contrast.
Spring: Warm color temperature + low contrast.
How to know what temperature my skin tone is?
The temperature will determine which colors are most flattering. And it is that, when we talk about temperature.
- We are not referring to cold or heat but to the measure of the dominant hue of a light source that is perceived as white. It sounds complex, but it is straightforward to determine the temperature of our skin.
- To amount our temperature, we will need two fabrics. However, they can be t-shirts or any piece of cloth. We will choose one that is white and another beige or subtly yellow.
- Finally, we will place ourselves where we receive natural light and have a mirror in front of us to look at ourselves.
- Well, we will place the cloth next to our face without makeup. However, it can be under the chin, very close to us.
- We will carefully observe which of the two fabrics our face looks more illuminated. Likewise, we will see how imperfections, such as spots on the skin, are accentuating.
- Thus, our skin tone is warm if we feel the face lights up more with the yellowish fabric. Here, on the contrary, this happens with a white cloth.
- Our skin tone is cold. Again, though, no matter how hard you try, you don’t notice any difference. Our skin is of neutral temperature, so all colors look great on us.
- We can also do this with metallics, like silver and gold. But, of course, we have to ensure that the silver is as silvery and shiny as possible, just like the gold, which should not be orange or yellow.
- Another straightforward test is to observe the veins that we have in the forearm. If when seeing them in daylight, we notice that they are greenish in tone, neutral skin is warm.
- And, if blue tones are noticeable, the color temperature of our skin is incredible.