Last week I posted a question on The Wright Fit’s Facebook page asking people what their favorites colors were and why they loved them. The responses were prompt and enthusiastic. We are naturally drawn to color, as it adds beauty to our lives. Think of the bright and CLEAR colors that blossom each spring. How about the EARTHY hues that captivate us each fall …… yep, color rocks. And If you wear a beautiful and flattering color near your face, it will brighten and even out your complexion. So even on your most hurried days, wear a great color and you’ll get a mini-makeover.
But Wendy, how do I know which colors work for me? Excellent question. Let’s cover some basics.
*Wear colors that make you feel happy
*Wear colors that you get compliments in
*Wear colors that work with your natural coloring (hair-skin tone-eyes)
My MOS (much older Sis) Val is going to show us how, and I’ve provided a quick color tutorial video at the end of the blog. Like Val, wear very little makeup because you need to see how the draped colors will affect your complexion. Next, stand in front of a mirror with lots of good, natural lighting. Then:
*Drape the article of clothing or swatch across your shoulders
*Notice if the color evens out your skin tone or highlights dark circles, redness etc
You want the color to create a brightening, creamy effect. If it doesn’t, it’s not your color. Notice how the pink shirt washes Val out, yet the orange creates a peaches-n-cream complexion. That’s what we want. The EARTHY orange works in harmony with her warm coloring.
Believe it or not, your personality can play a big role in your color selections too. Take Jen Snyder, Stacey Andon and myself:
Our natural coloring pulls towards the cooler (think blue water and ice), more MISTY color spectrum, yet our personalities are distinctly different. Jen is a self – proclaimed introvert with a quiet and calming demeanor. She looks gorgeous in MISTY – muted colors, like soft raspberry and the soft blue in her hair. Stacey exudes an infectious, big and positive energy, so she can pull off more VIVID cool colors like this electric blue. I fall into the TANGY zone (warm and cool – similar to my extroverted -introvert personality), like the turquoise pendant I’m wearing, it has warm and cool properties.
There you have it. I challenge you (with love) to try the draping experiment! Not only is it something wonderful you can do for yourself, it’s fun!
PS- The Wright Fit, with the help of Graphic Artist Gina Helms, is creating an exciting and almost effortless “Casual Color Consult” service just for you. Stay tuned for more info!