Colorimetry is the art of identifying the colors of clothing, accessories and jewelry that best enhance your face. What color to wear to look better, to look less tired and more radiant? We often choose the colors that we like but rarely the shades that suit us. Attention, we are talking here about all the tones framing the face, down to the waist line. Beyond that, the colors of skirt and pants, tights and shoes have no impact on your complexion. To identify which colors look best on you with the color test, here's how to perform the color test at home.
How to perform your colorimetry test?
To each his own test
Each woman should perform her own colorimetric test because there are no set rules that put you in a category (and that's pretty reassuring). Indeed, you are unique and your colorimetry depends on several elements of your face:
- your more or less reactive skin type;
- your skin tone and if you tend to tan;
- the color of your eyes;
- the oval of your face.
Overall, the best colors to wear near your face depend on how your blood flow reacts to your skin, eyes, dark circles, etc.
Before the colorimetry test
To perform your colorimetry test:
- Ask for help from another person for more objectivity (and avoid choosing only the colors you usually like);
- Sit in front of a mirror, facing the natural light of a window (or even better, outside);
- Get several colours: clothes, scarves, stoles, towels. all textiles can be used;
- Neutralize all the "parasitic" colors, otherwise your eye would try to match the colors:
- Cover your bust with a white blouse, white clothing (not off-white)
- Add a white headband to the top of your forehead
- Completely remove make-up from your face and eyes
- Remove all jewelry (earrings, piercings and even rings).
You are now ready to start your colorimetry test.
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Colorimetry: the basics
Each color family contains cool tones and warm tones. The difference lies in the presence or absence of yellow in the colors. Thus, baby pink and fushia pink are cold while salmon pink is warm. Sky blue is cold while turquoise is warm. Duck green is cold while fir green, bottle green and khaki green are warm.
1. Cold tones or warm tones?
A colorimetry test always starts with two fabrics: gold and silver, hot and cold.
Gold/silver test: consider party outfits, garlands and other festive accessories in gold and silver if you don't have everyday clothes in these metallic colors (Photo: freepik)
Arrange the silver fabric around your neck, tucked inside the blouse, like a tied napkin. Observe your face and add the gold cloth and observe.
2. Deciphering his face
1. The radiance of the complexion: does the color give you a luminous peach complexion or, on the contrary, does it accentuate the shadowy areas (hollow cheeks, dark circles, temples) giving you a sad and tired look?
2. Face Oval: Does the color tone down the shadows under your jawline, outlining your face shape perfectly, or on the contrary, does it weigh down your face, shrinking the neck and making you look scowling?
3. Eyes and Teeth Brightness: The right color for you will brighten the whites of your eyes and whiten your teeth, while the wrong color for you will tend to gray (silver) or yellow (golden) your look and your smile. It would be a shame.
4. Imperfections: does color erase facial imperfections (redness, dark circles, skin texture) or does it accentuate them, despite makeup?
Now you know what kind of colors, warm or cool, give you a glowing glow, diminish facial blemishes, enhance your eyes, and shape your face shape. monitor the shadows created under the oval of the face that darken your complexion, but also the colors that yellow the white of the eye.
Let's move on to the colors that best value you.
3. Test the Shades
Each color has its warm version and its cold version. Make pairs of pink, orange, blue, green, purple, gray, etc. and test both versions by arranging both fabrics under your face, similar to silver and gold.
Off-white, beige, camel, candied chestnut, hazelnut, chocolate, umber, cinnamon, tobacco, cognac, caramel, coffee: chestnut is more complex than it looks (Image: racool_studio)
Check your first diagnosis, whether you're more highlighted by warm or cool tones, and find out which colors look best on your complexion.
Black and white with the "right color" lipstick, you can never go wrong if cool tones look best on you (Photo: Pinterest)
Among the colors that best suit your complexion: baby pink and fushia pink, raspberry pinks, cherry pinks/reds, burgundy, candied chestnuts (forget camel and beige), black, luminous pale green, duck green (and no bottle green, fir green or khaki), metallic light grey, royal blue, electric blue and even navy blue, not forgetting lilac purple.
2. Brunette with hazel eyes and fair complexion
Do you have a fair complexion that doesn't tan and hazel eyes? In other words, a warm brown with a hint of yellow. Maybe your iris even has golden sparkles?
In this case, your face will probably be best enhanced by warm shades such as camel, petrol blue, turquoise blue, orangey reds such as poppy red, rust red, candy pink and roses salmon to coral, chick yellow, pine, bottle and khaki greens.
Powder pink, an orange top and a punchy pink lipstick: ideal shades for a brunette with hazel eyes and a fair complexion who tends to tan.
3. Golden blonde with light green eyes and fair complexion
Women with golden ash-blonde hair, light green eyes and pale, non-tanning complexions should tend to wear cool colors that match their natural face tones.
Ensure the harmony of warm or cold colors in the choice of printed clothing. Here, a kimono with a white background and dark greens, yellow and orange with small touches: this fair-skinned young blonde woman has it all in her choice of cold colors (Photo: Pinterest)
So, like brunettes with dark brown eyes, turn instead to cool light shades or intense dark colors, rather metallic, not containing yellow.
Which colors suit your complexion best? Additional Info
Now you know which colors look best on your complexion. This doesn't mean you have to get rid of half your wardrobe. If certain tops, shirts, sweaters and tank tops do not display the colors defined by your colorimetry test, you can always match them with a pretty shawl of the "right" shade or an accessory in the tones that enhance your face. .
Indeed, your "best" colors relate to clothes to wear on the upper body but also all accessories to wear around the neck (scarves, stoles, necklaces, etc. ), in the ears (earrings) and on the head (cap, hat, hair jewelry, headband, etc. ), not to mention the colors of your makeup and the color of your hair if you color it.
The color of highlights in the scan is important in colorimetry (Image: Pinterest)
If you find that certain shades are too bright and go tone on tone with your fair complexion (like a very pale green on your white complexion) and the look is only on the garment, consider accessories such as a black necklace chic that tempers this excess of light.
Good to know: if you tan in summer, adopt brighter and more intense colors, always staying within your range of colors (warm or cold). As you age, turn instead to softer shades, always in your colorimetry.
Did this article help you see things more clearly?
To put your knowledge into practice without delay, take a look at the eshop les petits imprimés and have fun finding which pieces would show you the best. To go further on the subject of colorimetry, our complete guide might interest you.
The Complete Guide to Women's Colorimetry
100-page illustrated guide