Colorimetry: Which Colors Suit Me Best?

What color suits my complexion best ? Knowing its colorimetry is not so obvious. What colors should you wear and what colors should you avoid to shine? Colorimetry is the art of choosing the colors in accordance with your skin tone, the color of your hair and the shades of the iris of your eyes . Your ideal colors will illuminate your face , erase small imperfections and rejuvenate you. Result: boosted morale and assured self-confidence! Are you ready to perform your colorimetry test ?

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Colorimetry: how to know which color suits us?

What is colorimetry?

Does your face light up near warm hues or cool (blue-based) hues? Are intense and contrasting colors preferable to pastel color tones? Are you more of a spring woman or an autumn woman?

Determining the type of colors that best suit your skin tone is the goal of the colorimetry test.

The result will help you in your future shopping sessions. But also on the makeup side with more suitable eye shadow, blush and lipstick colors. Not to mention the color of your hair (if you dye it). And even the colors of your earrings, necklaces and hair accessories (scarves, barrettes, etc.).

Colorimetry test: how to do it in practice?

In front of a mirror, bathed in natural light, the colorimetry test consists of placing pairs of fabrics of the same shades of color just under your face to fully cover your shoulders.

What fabrics? Everything you can find: your clothes, those of your spouse, your children, sheets, costumes... Even furnishing fabrics can be used (plaids, cushion covers, curtains).

But be careful: the duos of colored fabrics must be meticulously worked for your test to be conclusive. We detail immediately...

Online colorimetry test in 2 easy steps

1. Measure your temperature

Don't worry, we're still talking about colorimetry! This first phase of the colorimetric test determines the visual effect of warm colors and cool colors near your face. Start with two shiny fabrics, one gold and one silver. If you are not very bling-bling, prefer a bright orange and an intense fushia.

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New Year's Eve balloons work too! (photo: Julia Larson )

Place a cloth on your neck and observe your face. Then remove it and place the second fabric.

At first, focus on your complexion without taking into account the color of your eyes. Is your face lighter or grayer? Brighter or duller? Does this color age you? Do your dark circles stand out more? Do your little imperfections stand out more?

Lower and raise the second fabric several times, observing different areas of your face. Take your time well. Ask for another person's opinion if the result is not obvious.

To confirm this first result, also test these pairs:

  • two intense colours: brick red (warm) and burgundy (cold).
  • two pastel colors: salmon (warm) and pink (cold).

How do you know which color suits you best?

A "good color" highlights YOU, without imposing itself to the detriment of your face. Your outfit is important to embody your personality but it should not define you. On the contrary, it must be at the service of your face and your silhouette.

2. Colors and season: which woman are you?

A color comes in an infinity of shades. Rest assured, you will not test them all. Some shades suit you better than others. Your "season" of colors is one of four color palettes.

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Find out which colors look best on you with these color palettes ( Source )

Overall, the intense colors are more contrasted between them while the soft colors are more harmonious and form shades. The cold colors contain a base of blue while the warm colors rest on a base of yellow (if one had to recreate them in paint).

For example, burgundy is a cool color. Who would've believed that ?! Because burgundy approaches purple, with a hint of blue.

Test two shades of the same color, warm or cool depending on the result of the first stage of the colorimetry test. For example, test color duos like:

  • light pink and fushia pink;
  • pastel mauve and bright purple;
  • sky blue and navy blue.

Both colors will suit you both, but one of them will illuminate your face better, make it more harmonious, younger, softer. Observe the result with your hair down to be 100% sure.

The colorimetry according to your season

1. Spring woman: warm, soft and bright colors

The spring woman tends to have light hair, golden blond (not ash) or blond with Venetian highlights, which can even draw on light brown. Her light skin tans a little.

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The spring woman is radiant in a jumpsuit with small blue and yellow flowers - Les Petits Imprimers

The colors that suit him best: beige, gold, light camel, curry, light brown, green and pink.

2. Summer woman: cold, soft and muted colors

The summer woman most often sports a pale face that tans with difficulty, framed by light hair, rather ash blond to chestnut.

Nessa beach shirt - Les Petits Printed - eshop women's beachwear

The summer woman lights up wearing the soft tones of the Nessa beach shirt and the beige mid-length short skirt - Les Petits Imprimers

The colors that suit her best: pastel colors that illuminate her very light natural colors.

3. Autumn woman: warm, flamboyant and intense colors

The autumn woman comes in two types:

- "red" physiognomy : her milky skin tans very little, her face has small freckles, her hair stretches from flamboyant red to auburn copper. A little advice: play on the contrasts like your white skin on your shiny hair.

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The fair-skinned Autumn woman with fiery red hair radiates deep blue (Picture: Dropbotdean )

- coppery skin and dark hair : no doubt she has Mediterranean origins, mixed race or black skin which allows her to tan easily. Tip: stick to the harmony of your natural colors.

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The spring woman is radiant with a pretty khaki green cotton playsuit - Les Petits Imprimers

The colors that suit him best : warm and dark tones such as curry, orange, camel, brown, cognac, bronze but also burgundy and khaki.

4. Winter woman: cold, intense and contrasting colors

The winter woman has a milky complexion which tans little or which gilds subtly. His dark brown to brown, even black hair can lighten up a bit in summer with copper highlights. They make her look like Snow White.

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The winter woman sublimates her milky to golden skin with a midnight blue satin dress Elise - Les Petits Imprimers

The colors that suit her best : dark blue, fushia pink, purple, raw blue, coral and burgundy.

Verdict: what is your colorimetry?

This test is not obvious: it is based on an objective judgment (yours, that of a friend, your spouse or an image consultant) and on your perception of aesthetics. Take your time well.

Read also: Selection of one-piece swimsuits adapted to your colorimetry and your morphology

Now you know your temperature and season in colorimetry. You know which colors look best on your complexion. You will be able to choose your clothes, your make-up, your jewelry and your hair accessories with the aim of enhancing yourself to be more attractive, brighter and even more superb than you are today!

I imagine that new questions arise with this verdict:

  • I am told that a color outside my season looks good on me. How come ?
  • I like to wear colors out of my season? Should I stop wearing them?
  • Does my season change if I change my hair color?

This colorimetry test is absolutely not restrictive and you have every right to have fun with colors other than those of your season. Fashion is made for that! Feel free to vary the colors, patterns, cuts and textures of your clothes and accessories as you see fit.

This test is only meant to show you which colors are BEST for you. The right compromise: 80% of your wardrobe with the colors of your season and 20% of other colors, to have fun with your look.

A color can very well suit you without appearing in your palette for the simple reason that it shares colorimetric bases with certain colors of your season.

As for your changing hair color, yes you will have to repeat the test to check if the colors of your dressing room still put you in your best light.

It's your turn !

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