There’s a lot more to wearing the ‘right colour for you’ than simply suiting it to your skin tone or hair colour.
Natasha Edge is a personal stylist, image expert and colour analyst who understands the impact of wearing the right colours not only on how we look, but how we feel and how others perceive us.
She says, “Colour is a wonderful tool for giving your look an instant boost, but seeing certain colours actually creates a hormone that enhances your mood, for example, yellow brings feelings of happiness and sunshine. We also naturally associate colours with special occasions, so if you wore a pink dress on a first date with your partner you might associate that colour with a positive memory”.
COLOUR AND MENTAL HEALTH
Colour is always affecting our psyche, whether or not we are aware of it. Black can feel like a security blanket if you aren’t feeling centred or secure. Natasha helps many clients move away from wearing black or dull colours that can have a depressing quality.
Natasha says, “Wearing colours that complement your natural colouring can make you look healthier, more vibrant and younger. But they also boost confidence, naturally enhancing your mood and impacting how others see you. That little boost can snowball throughout the day – you smile more, and may receive a warmer welcome or a compliment; hence it makes you feel good, so you might summon the nerve to try something new or step out of your comfort zone”.
GOOD HAIR DAYS
While your hair tone is only a part of your colouring, Natasha recommends the following:
• Very cool/white hair – wear winter brights, such as fuchsia or turquoise
• Dark brown/black hair – wear deep reds and purples
• Blonde/highlighted hair – think softer, more muted tones; Wedgewood blue, mid-pink or sage green
• Red/auburn hair – wear warm greens, gold and mustard tones.
BEAUTY IS (MORE THAN) SKIN DEEP
Wearing the right make-up to suit your skin tone is essential. As a rule of thumb, Natasha advises:
• Very pale skin/with a cool undertone – opt for blue/pink make-up shades
• Warmer skin tone (more yellow-based) – go for earthy, tonal colours, such as bronze, brown or nudes.
FAIL-SAFE TIPS FOR ALL
Natasha offers some tips that we can all take advantage of:
• Three colours that look great on everyone – teal, navy and purple
• If possible, always wear lipstick and mascara (in your best colours, of course!) – they will instantly warm up your skin tone
• Wearing colour will get you noticed – whether it’s a promotion you’re after or a new partner, invest in yourself and discover your best colours.
To find out more about how Natasha can help you discover your best colours, visit www.appearanceandattitude.com