Each one of us has a dominant shade in the wardrobe. Most of us fall in the category of individuals whose wardrobes are filled with blacks or red. Well, those are not the only two colours in the world right? You might be surprised to know that adding a dash of colour in your wardrobe can enhance your looks to a great extent. That does not mean that your wardrobe starts resembling a rainbow. Key to looking good is to match the colours to your skin tone.

Before you start matching the colours to your skin tone, it is important to identify your skin tone.  Easy way to know your skin tone is to look at the colours of your veins on the inner side of your arm. If your veins appear greenish, then your skin tone is warm whereas if your veins appear bluish then your skin tone is cool.

Thumb rule for matching colours to your skin tone is that people with warm tones should wear more of reds, oranges, browns and blacks in their outfit, whereas people with cool tones should wear bright shades. Bright shades are often in stark contrast to cool skin tones and hence they look fabulous.

Here is a quick guide that can help you in matching colours to your individual skin tone

1.  Fair skin: If you have naturally blonde hair or you are a red head with extremely fair or pale complexion then you must wear deep rich colours like navy blue, Royal blue, emerald green, turquoise, electric blue etc. Stay away from light colours or pastel shades as they will make you look paler. Red and Ombre lip colours would simply look fantastic on you. People with fair skin are recommended to light up their wardrobe with bright colours. Stark contrast of colours against the skin tone will make you look fantabulous.

2.  Olive Skin: Olive skinned people should either wear dark colours or extremely light colours. Colours like Beige, black, grey, cream, sky blue and all lighter hues of blues and reds look fabulous on this skin tone. It is best that you stay away from green or yellow if you have olive skin tone. Olive skinned individuals should ideally stick to primary colours and their hues. Trying to create a stark contrast can make you look darker than usual. Wine or dark brown lip colours would look good on you.

3.  Dark skin: Most of the colours in the colour palette will suit your skin tone. Though it is recommended that you do not choose colours that are in stark contrast to your skin tone. So avoid wearing black or white. Rather use, light brown, dark brown, pink, teal and other such colours that have blue or pink undertones. People with dark skin tone should have more muted colours and pastels in their wardrobe. Having excessively rich colours in your wardrobe will make you look dull. Muted colours on the other hand will bring out your skin tone positively. Nude shades, blend of orange and red lip colours would look good on you.


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