Isn’t it astonishing how good a woman looks after a makeover? At KAMAMA HQ, we’re sometimes brought to tears watching What Not to Wear!
Have you seen photos of yourself before you started getting highlights in your hair? What about before you put blush on in the morning? Isn’t it remarkable how much better we look with the right colour in the right place!
The colours in our wardrobe have a similar effect!
Have you noticed any psychological effects of wearing certain colours? Perhaps the sudden dip in our moods could be less about the seasonal change and more about those darker colours we tend to wear throughout the winter months.
As we’ve said before, what should the right colour do for you? The right colour should match, intensify, or reflect your undertones.
The mix of melanin in our skin (blue-yellow-brown-red), in all their subtlety, absorb light wavelengths and reflect others. Are you reflecting more warmth than cool light?
Perhaps your colouring is more delicate and so the light you reflect is softer? By avoiding bright, strong colours you would ensure the subtlety in your colouring showing through..
Often it’s difficult to tell until the right colour is placed next to your skin, and then wow! Your prominent tone is revealed!
We’ve seen this happen with our clients. One woman in her 50's had been relying on black clothing for the past 20 years to maintain a professional image as a real estate age. When she found out her undertones are warm and bright, she started incorporating multi-hued scarves of reds and pinks into her wardrobe, as well as, layering the gold necklaces she usually saved for special occasions. She experienced the joys of kelly green and yellow, again – colours she’d loved in her 20s. She had been wearing cool brown eyeshadows and dark brown lipstick. But with subtle changes towards more golden and apricot makeup shades she looked years younger! Yes.. years younger!!
The cool undertones of Gabrielle Union are reflected perfectly in her deep navy dress and pink blush and lips
Another actress client had a colourful wardrobe of cool blues and pinks, colours she was naturally drawn to, but her makeup choices were peachy and golden brown. Being of Indian descent, she had been told to embrace her warmth. However, her undertones are cool. What a difference black eyeliner, a little icy sparkle and cranberry-coloured blush made for her!
A good start is to see which groups of colours you’re fond of and which groups of colours you disdain.These will be a strong indicator of which colours look best on you, and which colours draw out aspects of your personality!
Renowned Colour Psychologist Angela Wright believes that colour fundamentally corresponds to our personalities. Are you fiery and strong with a tendency to inquire and analyse everything? Then you may suit the warm, rich and intense colours traditionally known as the autumn colour palette. Perhaps you are more gentle, calm and more sophisticated in nature? Then you may suit the more refined and cool colours from a summer palette? (more on that to come)
There is much more to personal colour than the traditional fashion world cares to display. We at KAMAMA hope to de-mystify the concepts around colour to help you to apply it more brilliantly to your wardrobe and personal style choices.
Here’s what we’re going to call the six unique undertones:
Warm and Cool, further refined by the variances: Soft or Bright; Light or Deep.
Take a look at our Pinterest boards. See which one contains your favourite colours!