I "shouldn't" be able to wear black well (both according to seasonal analysis AND Angie's explanation above), but I do. Women with summer-cool skin tones will look best in soft hues of blue, mauve and lavender. Eggplant would be wonderful! Read about what to wear and how to wear it on the YLF Blog. Eyes are grey with some blue and yellow in them. I'm dark already so a lot of black near my face just makes my whole look more dark. Navy is probably better, but I have a mental block against it (for entirely different and not very rational reasons). Thanks. It’s obvious when someone does not wear black well. Hair colour, colour of your eyes, even the garment itself (cut, texture...): a "flat black" is not very flattering for me (I will still wear that, but maybe with a different colour scarf near my face), but I have a black sweater with an exaggerated ribbed collar and that looks lovely. Or check out the curated list of things we love in YLF Finds. Understanding Your Skin Tone. I only wish more items were available in this colour. Angie on ink blue: I am not an avid supporter of colour analysis theory. 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 have recently rejected the color season theories as well. Are there certain colors you find you look better in? Without the help of a professional makeup artist, determining your skin tone can be an arbitrary thing. Welcome! The darker your skin, the more it may look like a blue-black or red-brown. Soft Autumn is the most neutral of the Autumn set. But there really are a set of the best colors for cool skin tones. 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. Your hair color can be dark brown, black or natural blonde and your eye color tends to … But because I have a peaches and cream complexion, I look good in peach too. Could you post a linky of the color, Kristen? If your skin has gold or yellow to it, you may have warm undertones. Good to know, Angie. Think about whether you look better in silver or gold jewelry (Not which you … I really believe that things like hair color and makeup can change what colors I can wear best. Wearing lemon yellow tends to brighten cool complexions, while golden yellows usually have the opposite effect, seeming to add shadows to the face. Or if I wear a black jacket, I wear a flattering color blouse underneath. Cathy, I agree that colour analysis theory can be a good starting point. Some Deep Cool can flow into Deep Warm, and wear some Deep Warm colors. It makes the black come alive. I agree, white is stunning on Patience. I am wearing a sleeveless black top right now (with white bottoms). I see a lot of people that look ok wearing black, but I think other colors work better for them near the face as a primary neutral. Of course now I also want to know what Angie thinks for me! @indigomoth - Yeah, the cool tones, warm tones thing has been around for a while. As I've aged I think it has gotten worse. Classic tortoise frames by Dior Gold and black by Dolce & Gabbana If you have red hair, strong frame colors are great! http://www.flickr.com/photos/k.....683453162/ Marianne, spot on! Do you have something in that color to give me an idea, Angie? You can also see how a hair color, or a color looks on them, and if you like it. Skin tone is actually two things: the surface tone and the undertone. A silvery rather than yellowed gray is also a good color choice. LOFT had a good selection of the shade this summer. It makes me look tired and sallow - actually all dark colors do, since I never had rosy cheeks. Dusty, warm and muted tones, and wishy washy pastels, such as dirty browns and soft peachy tones, does not do you justice. I am sort of what Angie described- brown hair, pasty skinned, and brownish hazel eyes. Skin: Skin has a cool undertone and ranges from medium beige to dark brown. I think one reason I pull off black because quite honestly I wear makeup that *pinks* up my fair, yet sallow skin. 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. Still, I found that I can make it work if I add white close to my face or use black as a base layer. I just bought a pair again, but I've decided to minimize how often I can wear them. In fact I have to write "ink" or "blk" on the tags of some items in my closet that I have in both colors. Neutral skin tone. She's takes after our Irish ancestry and she's got that really pale, rose petal skin. So many other options, even with black. Black near my face gives me huge circles under my eyes, and makes me look even more pale. thread and Angie can confirm or reverse our conclusions. In fact, most people who are very pale are cool skinned, but so are people with true olive skin or dark skin. The best cool skin tone colors have a blue base, while orange-based shades in cosmetics, hair colors, and clothing are best avoided. It helps break up the black and soften it against my pale peaches and cream skin tone. 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. 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. Our eyeballs make sense. You may have an olive skin tone. Hope this isn't hijacking, Sarah! If your skin looks gray or ashen, then you are a neutral skin tone. Many people confuse this with warmth, but it is actually a cool undertone. So many things play into the total look. I do not like peach :0(. And I look like an... an albino witch! Good question, Sarah. Somehow, my rosy cheeks and tri colored platinum hair make it work. Well I'm off to find a dark ink blue. I look good in black but often prefer the liveliness of jewel tones. 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. Do you think black works for me or no? Your hair color can range from light ashy blonde to deep black brown. Last fall I wore black trousers EVERY day to work, so I made myself do without them last winter. Those with a cool skin tone tend to look better in silver jewelry. Hmmm, now I am curious which neutral you would select for me, Angie. This summer I have been playing about with navy and grey, and I think those colours suit me much better. Obviously it depends on skintone as well, but I love the contrast! Deep Autumn features are high in contrast, at times they can borrow from Deep Winter. I don't want black to be my fall-back color or look. Comparing yellows and greens can be another way to discover cool skin tone colors. 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. If you go by the seasonal color analysis method, I think the only season that can pull off pure black is Winter -- cool-toned (blue or pink based) complexion, usually dark or light eyes, and dark hair. I know people of every "season" who wear black well, so it's not just Winters. The real way to tell is whether the blood vessels in that are visible under your skin are blue or green. I think Sarah would rock a dark ink blue. 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