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Color me confident: Personalize your color wheel [Infographic]

Color me confident: Personalize your color wheel [Infographic]

If you’re looking to freshen up your wardrobe with a pop of color, go for a hue that will complement your skin tone. Choosing the wrong color can make your skin and hair appear dull, while the right colors will accentuate them, helping you look great and feel confident.

Check out these tips on how to choose a color that better suits your skin tone.

Light skin, cool tones

Start by choosing the right temperature – are you better suited for a warmer or cooler tone? Light, ivory skin tones are best enhanced with cool undertones such as pink, blue, green and purple. These colors will also make blonde, black, ash or red hair stand out.

Jewel tones, such as emerald, are a great way to go if you’re a light-skinned woman. Pastels and a classic camel hue will also look gorgeous against pale skin. Pair cool tones with silver accessories.

Medium skin, metallic tones

If you’re a bronzed beauty, you can most likely pull off any type of metallic color, ranging anywhere from silver to copper. Shades of gray will also highlight your medium skin tone. If your skin is on the lighter end of the spectrum still, opt for a charcoal gray. If it’s a bit darker, go for a pale gray to make your natural coloring stand out.

If you’re feeling funky, go for neon. There are very few women who can pull off these highlighter hues, but ladies with a tanned tone can usually get away with it.

Dark skin, warm tones

Warm fabrics look striking on ladies with olive, golden, beige or brown skin tones. Women who have dark brown, golden brown, red or auburn hair will also stand out against warm colors such as red, orange and golden yellow.

Light yellow will look radiant against a cocoa complexion, as will a deep cobalt blue. But nothing stands out against dark hair and dark skin quite like your classic ruby red. Pair warm tones with bold accessories such as a gold bangle bracelet.

Pop of color

Spice up any outfit with a red lip, but be sure it’s the right red. Finding the perfect color that will complement your skin tone is difficult, so here are some things to keep in mind:

  • Fair skin, pink undertones: Coral reds or matte reds with a hint of orange are best.
  • Fair skin, yellow undertones: Choose coral or brick red.
  • Medium skin, bronze undertones: True, cranberry or pink-based reds will pop.
  • Dark skin, cool undertones: Blue-based reds such as fig or dark cherry are perfect. Avoid anything too bright.


Comments (3)

Claude Feland

I’m fair skin not light but not dark… but now I don’t color my hair any longer so… now I’m Grey… ash and white almost even.
What colors should I be looking for?
I use to color my hair blond so I liked yellows, and now that doesn’t look so good❣️

Monroe and Main

Sorry Claude, we don’t have an answer for you, but great question. Perhaps utilize a search engine to ask and see what other great bloggers have to offer for tips and ideas.


Fair is a tone, not an undertone. Fair skin can have warm, neutral, or cool undertones, just as dark skin. Assuming fair and pale skin means the person has cool undertones is not always so.

Tone is fair, light, medium, dark. Undertone is blue/pink (cool) neutral/olive, and yellow/red/orange (warm). Tone and undertone should not be confused.

There are dark-skinned people who look amazing in cool colors because they have cool undertones, just as there are fair people who look better in warm colors because of their warm undertones. There is also an element of contrast to consider – sometimes you need to use the color wheel to pick the opposite color to compliment a look.

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Published on Mar 01 2018

Last Updated on Oct 04 2018

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