Black – Out

Have you ever walked into a store found the perfect dress but then ask the Sales Assistant “Does this come in Black?”. If you have, you have entered into the ‘Play it Safe with Black’ game. Black is a uniform colour as it flatters everyone’s skin tone and suits all body shapes but it wont make you stand out.

How to get heads turning in a crowd? Wear colour! Colour will accentuate your best assets, make your skin glow and will turn those heads in the sea of black.

I often hear customers and friends tell me that they don’t feel comfortable wearing colour, but they are often wearing the wrong colour for their skin tone. Everyone is different and not all colours are created the same so it is important to identify what skin tone you are first, before you start wearing colour.

The colour of our skin changes as the seasons change so we need to go skin deep and identify the tone of our skin, not the colour of our skin. To do this, make sure your skin is clean and free from any make up or lotions. If you have washed your face wait about half an hour to an hour for your skin to settle and for any redness to reduce. Note:  This guide is not just for women, it is for everybody – men included.

With a blank white piece of paper and a mirror go into natural light. Hold the piece of paper up to your face and compare the colour of your skin to the colour of the paper. If your skin looks yellowish, greenish or light brown you have a warm skin tone. If your skin looks pink, blue or rosy you have a cool skin tone. If your skin looks grey or ashen compared to the paper you have a neutral skin tone.

Next step is to turn your palms facing up and have a look at your veins in your wrists and palms. What colour are your veins? If your veins look green you have a warm skin tone. If your veins looks purple or blue you have a cool skin tone. If you can’t tell between green veins or blue you will have a neutral skin tone.

With your known skin tone let’s see what colours you should be wearing.

Warm Skin Tone

Warm Colours: Red, coral, orange, amber, honey gold and yellow.

Cool Colours: Olive, moss, deep turquoise, magenta, orchid and violet-red.

Neutral Colours: Cream, taupe, latte, winter white.

Avoid: Icy colours such as jewel sapphire, ruby and amethyst.


Cool Skin Tone

Warm Colours: Ruby, bright rosy red, pale yellow.

Cool Colours: Bright blue, royal blue, emerald, deep purple, lavender, ice blue and pink.

Neutral Colours: Grey, bright white and navy.

Avoid: Orange, tomato red, and bright yellow.


Neutral Skin Tone

Warm Colours: Dusty pink, soft rose, yellow.

Cool Colours: Lagoon blue, jade green, cameo green.

Neutral Colours: Off white, vanilla, coffee, mid grey.

Avoid: Anything too bright such as electric blue and magenta


Now you know what colours you should be wearing, it is time to get that Black Out of your wardrobe and give colour a go. Don’t fall back into routine and ask the shop assistant for the black, ask for that colour.

Enjoy and have fun with it. Tag or send me your outfits of colour, I would love to see them.


Lisa Robyn