What Miracles Wearing The Right Colors Will Do For Your Skin
Thank God for colors. Or colours. First, I’d like to apologize in advance to my English teachers who relentlessly taught me to spell my words the british way and not american. I don’t know how or why I ended up switching in life but even if I wanted to spell in British English right now, for you, dear British English teacher ma’am, I couldn’t as my PC setting is American and those red error underlines are just too worrying to look at, so please bear with me. Thank you. Love you, English ma’am.
Moving on to our topic, colors and their wonderful effect.
In one of my previous articles, I mentioned a little bit of the psychology of colors and what each color briefly meant in a business context. You can check it here.
One of my readers, Waqas, wrote to me, “I am familiar with some of those meanings as I work in marketing, but I know for a fact that some of those colors you mentioned look awful on me and you also mentioned before that I should find my best colors. How do I know which ones are favorable for me and which ones aren’t?”
I thought it was an excellent question and that is why I wanted to address it. I can help you discover your best colors and integrate them to your wardrobe to achieve the desired message and goal.
We know by now that every color has a psychological message and has a powerful effect on our appearance and the persona we project. They also have an extremely strong effect on our own mood and mindset. I’ll give you an example. Think of grey winters and how it affects your mood. They feel like long, dull, and heavy days. Think, now, how you start to feel as the clouds clear out and the sun is shining, the sky has a crisp and lively blue color, the flowers and greens are bright and beautiful. You would most likely feel more energetic, positive and look forward to the day. Another example on how colors can affect our mindset: imagine a grey paint on your office wall, uniform furniture and stationary, and how that would affect our mood at work? It blocks creativity, which is why companies like Google, Microsoft and startups adopt a more dynamic working space by incorporating fun shapes and colors that will encourage their staff’s creativity and imagination. This is also a direct reflection on the company’s management culture and style. Same is to be said about colors and our image.
Color has the power to do two things to each and every human being. In the words of the late Mrs. Dumont, a color expert, “first, it elicits a psychological response from others, and second, it either physically enhances or diminishes your physical characteristics.”
Would you believe me if I said that what one color does for you is different to what it does for me? Let me explain. People’s undertones are categorized in two; they are either warm-toned, or cool-toned. By undertones I mean, the tone of color that is underneath our skin color. If your undertones have a pinkish/blue-ish tone underneath the skin, then you are cool-toned. Classic cool-toned movie star examples include Idris Elba, George Clooney, Lucy Liu and Ann Hathaway. If, instead, your undertone leans towards yellowish-musturd tone, then you are warm-toned. People like Ryan Reynolds, Will Smith, Beyoncé and Jessica Alba are excellent examples of warm-toned personalities. No matter what color is at hand, there’s always that one tone (whether tint or shade) of each color that is going to look best on your skin. So knowing your undertones help identify your best color palettes. In other words, those tones of color that look the best on you.
Colors’ effect, therefore, has a huge influence on our message and overall brand image to either master or flop. So you must remember that any color worn next to the face, including hair color (in case you dye your hair), would affect the appearance of your skin’s color. To be the best versions of ourselves we have to wear those colors that belong in our color palette, preferably closest to the skin (neck up). The miracles of wearing the right colors are as follows:
(The right colors will)
1. Make your skin look more healthy
2. Make you appear slimmer
3. Hide and conceal lines and wrinkles
4. Visually reduce the intensity of skin blemishes and discolorations
What happens when somebody with a warm undertone wears colors with cool qualities, or visa-versa?
(The wrong colors will)
1. Make you appear to be less lively and gloomy
2. Reveal grey hair, if any, or make hair look dry and damaged
3. Add weight and more age on you
4. Make blemishes, lines and wrinkles more visible on skin
So, to answer Waqas’ question above, you will know that a color is right for you when the reflection of the color on your skin translates to a more healthier, vibrant and younger looking skin. You will know that it’s incorrect when it leaves your skin looking pale, tired with added visible blemishes.
Your turn. Tell me in the comments below if you’ve noticed how certain colors affect your image as well as mood. Do you know the right colors for your skin tone? Are you warm-toned or cool-toned? Look around your neck or your pulse points and notice what tone you see? Pinkish or yellowish? Type your answers below.
I appreciate you for being here. Until next time, ciao!