Thursday, August 11, 2011

All About COLOR

Have you ever gone to a store and found something cute, really cute, only to try it on and find out it makes you look like a corpse, or worse, Snooki's illegitimate twin? It's called color, and it's VERY important. It has the power to flatter you, and the opposite.

But Fashion Strudel Lady, you ask, how can I find a color that's right for ME?

I'm getting to that. Pushy.

Firstly, you have to determine your tone. Are you warm, or cool? Use this handy-dandy chart.

You look best in these colors:You look best in these colors:
Includes "jewel tones" - blues, greens, pinks, purples, blue-greens, magentas, and blue-based reds.Includes "earth tones" - yellows, oranges, browns, yellowish greens and orange-based reds.
Foundation is pink basedFoundation is yellow based
Looks better in pure white than ivoryLooks better in ivory than pure white
Can easily wear blackLooks washed out with black worn close to the face
My skin is:
Very dark brown with reddish or blue undertones
Brown with pink undertone
True olive (most Asians and Latinos)
Medium with no color in cheeks
Medium with faint pink cheeks
Pale with no color in cheeks
Pale with pink undertones
Ruddy-pinkish red
Brown or bronze when I tan
My skin is:
Very dark brown with golden undertones
Brown with golden undertone
Medium with golden undertones
Pale with peach or gold undertones
Golden brown, when I tan
Notable examples - 
Elizabeth Taylor, Demi Moore, Anne Hathaway, Courtney Cox, Sandra Bullock, Terri Hatcher, Kirstin Davis, America Fererra, Keira Knightley, Eva Longoria, Kim Kardashian, Jennifer Hudson, Liv Tyler, Alexis Bledel, Megan Fox, Jennifer Connelly, Shania Twain, Brooke Shields Sophia Bush, Penelope Cruz, Candace Bergen, Sarah Chalke, Hillary Clinton, Heather Locklear, Britney Spears, Sarah Jessica Parker, Christy Brinkley, Reese Witherspoon, Michelle Pfeiffer, Jeri Ryan, Jennifer Aniston, Ellen Pompano
Notable examples -Nicole Kidman, Meg Ryan, Cameron Diaz, Kate Hudson, Gwyneth Paltrow, Reba McIntyre, Julianne Hough, Sarah Ferguson, Marcia Cross, Calista Flockhart, Rebecca Romjin, Tara Reid, Renee Zellweger, Ellen Degeneres, Diane Sawyer, Amy Adams, Jillian Anderson, Amanda Bynes, Becki Newton, Nicole Richie, Kim Raver, Kristen Johnston, Leona Lewis

If you're not sure what skin tone you are, you might have to experiment. Thankfully though, there are four flattering colors that look good on everyone.
Color 1: Eggplant- Eggplant is a deep purple that can look like a brown or a navy, depending on the hue.
Eggplant tops

Color 2:Red- Red, which is already a power color, has many different hues, ranging from an orangey scarlet, to a deep, almost purply cherry.

Women wearing red

Color 3: Teal- If you've ever seen a color wheel, you notice that in the wheel, the reds are opposite the blues. Therefore, teal brings a healthy pink color into the face, as you may notice below.

Indian teal tops

Color 4: Pale Pink- I was skeptical about this color when I first heard about it. But it turns out that pink can create a healthy flush in any skin tone. See?
Women wearing mellow rose

Color is important. There are a variety of books and magazines you can read on the subject, as well as TV shows.
My Suggestions-
The Teen People Celebrity Style Guide
Fashion in Colors
What Not to Wear
How Do I Look?