Finding Your Personal Palette
When it comes to finding your personal style, it’s important to know how to play to your strengths. You might already know about playing to your body shape just fine, but what about your color palette? Let’s take a look at why your personal palette matters so much and what you can do to find it!
What your palette is
What is a personal color palette? There are different systems to indicate this, but usually, it works by looking at the natural colors of your body and features. They tend to be split into light, soft, and cool versions of the different seasons, spring, summer, autumn, and winter.
For instance, someone with blonde hair, blue eyes, and pale skin might be called a light spring, while black hair, green-hazel eyes, and brown-black skin might make you a clear winter. There are online quizzes to help you find out which one you are.
Finding the colors that match your palettes
Those same color quizzes will usually provide results on what your best colors are. For instance, if you’re a clear winter, then white and black, lavender and mauve, and both soft and bright pinks might be recommended.
There are plenty of individual guides for matching hair and clothing colors, for instance, if you want to see how these different elements all work together. Everyone tends to have a pretty different combination of natural colors, so your clothing palettes might work differently from those of different natural colors, too.
Making makeup work for you
One of the most important factors in finding your natural color palette is that it helps you find the makeup palette that works best for you as well. For example, when you’re choosing an eyeshadow palette, you want to make sure it compliments your skin and eyes instead of contrasting it too much, in most cases.
A lighter shade for blue works better to enhance them, as darker shades tend to distract away from the eyes and towards the makeup. Smokey colors work great for gray eyes because they bring out that natural gray rather than seemingly changing its color.
It helps you learn how to use color
Though we use it with every outfit we choose and all the makeup we apply, many of us are serious about how we’re applying color theory in our fashion. One of the benefits of learning which colors work best for your natural palette is that you can pick neutrals, mains, and accents. This helps you mix colors that are more appropriate, relying on mains more than accents and knowing how to use neutrals to tone things down when necessary.
You don’t have to stick rigidly to a palette by any means, even if it’s the one that best suits you. However, if you’re ever looking for what colors to try out and you’re at a loss, it can serve as a handy guide to point you in the right direction.