Saturday, March 5, 2011

Look Years Younger Through Colors!

Have you heard about cool and warm colors, or cool and warm skin tones? I've heard that, researched on that since I became aware of presenting myself favorably especially during job interviews. 

When one is young,  foolish and carefree, one is not concerned at all with this bullshit information.  Who cares of the warm and cool tones,  I thought I look good in purple, so I wear purple. I  even put on a purple lipstick and violet eyeshadow, and my friends  told me how good I look;  that I am the only one who get away with that kind of (bizarre) colors.  I guess when one is young, you could experiment on your appearance and not think that your choice of colors and style of clothing  ages you.  I guess subconsciously, we'd like to look older, to project sophistication.  An 18 year old girl  does not think of 'ageing' colors at all!  Now that I am turning 56, I do care!  I do care but the stubborn streak in me would still wear purple blouse, eyeshadow  and lipstick up to these days....until I saw someone transformed by her choice of  wrong colors.

When I first saw her in our hiking club, she wore a white shirt and dark short shorts, her hair tied in a pony tail.  I could not tell her age. She was bubbly, she was funny, she was ageless!  I gather she could be in her early 40s or late 30's.  When I saw her again at a more formal atmosphere (in a restaurant for a despedida party of a friend) she had dyed her hair light blond (she used to have blond streaks in her brunette hair) and she wore a flowery blouse of orange red and beige.  I did not recognize her.  She looked sixtyish!  She should not have dyed her hair.  She's a Caucasian, and yes, a Caucasian could be warm-toned or cool- toned.  I gather now, she's cool toned as she looked washed-out in warm-toned clothes and make-up.  Let's be clear about these colors for now.

Here's a vey informative article

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What colors are warm? cool?
The following chart displays the difference between warm and cool colors.

Warm colors are based on yellows, oranges, browns, yellowish greens, orangish reds, and the like.

Cool colors are based on blues, greens, pinks, purples, blue-greens, magentas, and blue-based reds.

This simple chart will help you to determine what colors are what, once you learn the basic differences between warm and cool color tones.

Once you have a basic understanding, you can then differentiate between for example, a "warm pink" and a "cool pink". A warm pink is a peachy pink. A cool pink would be a purplish pink. A warm green would be a yellowish green. A cool green would be more blue.

A warm toned foundation powder is more yellow based. A cool toned one is more pink.

When you hear someone say "I am an autumn" or "I am a spring", this means that they look best in warm tones. In contrast, "summers" and "winters" look best in cool tones. (this is based on the Color Me Beautiful method of skin typing).

Looking at blushes? As a rule, any blush with a brown or peach undertone is warm. Any blush with a purple or pink undertone is cool. Some colors can work for both skintones, such as a peachy pink or a pinkish brown. This is why we offer samples, so you can try before you buy full sizes.
Keep in mind that computer monitors all vary in how they display colors. The best best is to try a few samples and see how they compare. We offer samples of all of our loose powder cosmetic line.
If you do not know your skintone, you can estimate it by referring to the following chart:
Cool: Eyes are typically blue or grey. Haircolor typically blonde, brown or black. Skin has definite blue and pinkish undertones. Cool-toned people look best in colors such as blue, red, pink and purple, or "gem-tones". Usually look best in silver jewelry. In natural light, the color of the veins on the underside of your wrist are bluish. You can wear a white shirt and it is flattering on you.
Neutral: Eyes may be any color. Hair may be any color. Skin has unspecifiable undertones, such as pink, olive or yellow. Those with neutral coloring can wear just about any color clothing and look good. Can wear gold or silver jewelry (no preference as to which looks better)
Warm: Eyes are typically brown, green or hazel. Haircolor typically brown, black, red, auburn, blonde or strawberry blonde. Skin has yellow/orange or olive undertones. Warm-toned people look best in earthy-toned clothing, such as browns, yellows, oranges, yellowish green and ecru. Look best in gold jewelry. In natural light, the color of the veins on the underside of your wrist are greenish. You are most flattered by an off-white, cream or ecru shirt (i.e. pure white makes you look washed out)
If you aren't sure if you have Cool or Warm Skin Tones, these comparisons should help: 
Cool Warm
You look best in these colors: You look best in these colors:
Includes "jewel tones" - blues, greens, pinks, purples, blue-greens, magentas, and blue-based reds. Includes "earth tones" - yellows, oranges, browns, yellowish greens and orange-based reds.
Foundation is pink based Foundation is yellow based
Looks better in pure white than ivory Looks better in ivory than pure white
Can easily wear black Looks washed out with black worn close to the face
My skin is:
Very dark brown with reddish or blue undertones
Brown with pink undertone
True olive (most Asians and Latinos)
Medium with no color in cheeks
Medium with faint pink cheeks
Pale with no color in cheeks
Pale with pink undertones
Ruddy-pinkish red
Brown or bronze when I tan
My skin is:
Very dark brown with golden undertones
Brown with golden undertone
Medium with golden undertones
Pale with peach or gold undertones
Golden brown, when I tan
Notable examples -
Elizabeth Taylor, Demi Moore, Anne Hathaway, Courtney Cox, Sandra Bullock, Terri Hatcher, Kirstin Davis, America Fererra, Keira Knightley, Eva Longoria, Kim Kardashian, Jennifer Hudson, Liv Tyler, Alexis Bledel, Megan Fox, Jennifer Connelly, Shania Twain, Brooke Shields Sophia Bush, Penelope Cruz, Candace Bergen, Sarah Chalke, Hillary Clinton, Heather Locklear, Britney Spears, Sarah Jessica Parker, Christy Brinkley, Reese Witherspoon, Michelle Pfeiffer, Jeri Ryan, Jennifer Aniston, Ellen Pompano
Notable examples - Nicole Kidman, Meg Ryan, Cameron Diaz, Kate Hudson, Gwyneth Paltrow, Reba McIntyre, Julianne Hough, Sarah Ferguson, Marcia Cross, Calista Flockhart, Rebecca Romjin, Tara Reid, Renee Zellweger, Ellen Degeneres, Diane Sawyer, Amy Adams, Jillian Anderson, Amanda Bynes, Becki Newton, Nicole Richie, Kim Raver, Kristen Johnston, Leona Lewis

Here's Madonna using wrong make-up colors:

I don't know if the blue eyes are Madonna's natural eye color......but she is definitely cool-toned. The color of the dress is right (although the style is questionable), but the make-up and the lipstick are wrong;  these colors are for the warm-toned. She could have used pinkish lipstick instead, she could still maintain the 'light' make-up look. 

And here's a classic beauty, Joan Collins,  who always know how to sizzle:
She is cool-toned and her dress is the right color. Her lipstick sets off her skin and as usual her eye make-up suits her.

Let's try the younger  celebrities. Justin Bieber and Selena Lopez:

Justin could get away with anything, being 16, rich and famous.  I think that he is warm-toned though, and  when he gets older he should wear warm-toned colors to project his youthful image always.  Selena is warm-toned and looks so ravishing in this hue of red.  The lipstick is a bit too bright, her eye make-up and overall makeup is so 80's and if she's older it may look garish, but with her youth and fame, Selena is a bomb.

Anne Hathaway wears superb colors:
Here's a local Actress, Toni Gonzaga, glowing with the right  warm colors: 
Wat say you of Marian Rivera's sexiness?

Look at Angel Locsin with her right colors, absolutely gorgeous:

Ok, I have warned you enough.  Be selective of your colors, especially colors near your face, like your blouse, your blouse's collar, your necklace, etc.

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