Fashion colors change from season to season, and now even within each season change several times! As a result in any one given shopping spree we are likely to encounter racks of color that we either dislike or have a hard time wearing. But if we really need a new garment and are forced to purchase something-anything or perhaps we are feeling a bit adventurous, trying a new color can be fun.
In the stores right now is a range of tropical inspired colors that many of us detest. Yellow, orange and green are the hardest colors to wear and they seem to dominate the most fashionable racks right now. Here are my suggestions on how to wear these various shades.
Yellow is a happy color but most people are afraid of it. Everyone has a shade that they can wear effectively and the secret to wearing it is how you combine it with other colors to soften the effect. Accessories and make-up are what do this.
Green is an inspiring color that settles our mood yet many people are afraid that it will dull their complexion. The key is how you frame your face with accessory color. Wearing cooler tones of make-up and accessories are pretty important when wearing warm greens rather than trying to match it directly. Conversely, earthy greens, like one shown here, actually become a form of neutral which makes it much more wearable.
Denim blue is not really considered a hard color to wear but it takes some strategy to wear it and not appear as tho we are doing farm chores. The look this season is wearing denim head to toe; this is the key to donning it as street wear. Hues of denim vary and we each have a shade that looks best on us.
If you would like help accessorizing your spring wardrobe purchases, I would be happy to help during your free-of-charge spring Artist’s Update Make-up Session.
If you would like help determining exactly which shades of color are best worn by you, consider my Personal Color Analysis.
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You’ve heard me preach it over and over; to embrace our individuality, to enhance who we are naturally and be the best version of ourselves. The world would be so boring if we were all “vanilla”. And if you think about who stands out in a red-carpet situation it is always the woman being the most elegant interpretation of herself and not necessarily whatever trend of emphasis is being forced upon us (boobs or backs, long hair or short hair, lashes or lips, gaunt or curvaceous…)
And so it is with make-up. Wearing what emphasizes our own personal style, face shape and coloring is far more fetching then trying to mimic what we see in fashion. This is one place where “staying current” is a moot point; unless, of course, current trends just happen to be your style.
As shown above, make-up as a trend is the final accessory to the greater design influence in fashion. These influences usually start with color forecast by color associations then the fabric mills create the cloth from that information. Below: Lenzing Textiles released their fabrics well over a year ago.
As any one good with color knows, the way hues combine, with their inherent contrasts and harmonies, is what drives style. The high contrast and opposite (Complimentary) color schemes fashionable for several seasons now, have lent themselves to dramatic styling like color blocking on both the body and the face. The fashionable thick dark eye liner and smoky eye make-up is a great foil against this. This spring we are screaming into the most extreme versions of this styling with the addition of bold color too. Below, Armani and Dior…
I have a combination of colors I wear on the week-ends that are just extensions of “me” to uplift and brighten just a bit. Left to right EYES; my eyebrow color, my go-to soft contour color, my neutral lid color (it just disappears but adds a bit of light-catching luminescence), a brighter lid shade for a bit more color and my darkest hair color to line lashes. CHEEKS: Sheer no-color to contour a bit. LIPS: sheer peachy nude and darker coppery peachy nude.
My personal at-work style is more dramatic. I like a fair amount of “neutralized” color on my eyes using Complimentary color tones to bring out the green or the blue in my hazel while coordinating with the color in my clothing. Anyone who knows me knows I like a fairly pigmented lip color as well (as we age we need more).
Why change? Because it is fun! If I can help you discover your personal make-up style and show you come current colors in YOUR range, please click here for more information. Happy spring!