What Colour Suits Me Best? Find Your Colour Palette

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Playing it safe and sticking to neutrals because you can’t decide on the best colour palette to complement your skin tone? Whether you’re a strawberry blonde with a gorgeous peaches and cream complexion, an olive-skinned brunette, or a fiery beauty with natural red hair and freckles, if you’ve ever asked “what colour suits me?” we’ve got your back.

Wearing the right colours can give you a radiant glow, while the wrong colour palette has the exact opposite effect, making your skin look sallow and tired. And you don’t need a stylist to help you choose. Once you know the tricks of the trade, it’s easy to colour-analyse yourself. 

And, remember this is just a guideline. If you adore a colour that isn’t quite right for you, use it as an accent. Think: shoes, belt, or handbag.) You do you, sweetheart!

How Do I Work Out My Skin Tone?

Cool, warm, or neutral undertones are the colours that come through your skin from underneath the surface. And it’s not dependent on how light or dark your skin is.

Very fair to dark-skinned ladies can have cool, warm or neutral undertones.  

1. The White Paper Test

Start with a squeaky clean face clear of makeup and creams. If you’ve just washed your face, wait at least 15 minutes for any redness to subside, then step into some natural light to properly examine your skin.

Grab a piece of pure white paper and hold it up to your face. How does your skin look in contrast? If you have a hue that leans towards a greenish, light brown or golden or yellow undertones, then you have a warm skin tone. Pink, rosy or blue? You’re as cool as a cucumber, baby! However, if your skin appears grey or ashen, it’s a neutral skin tone for you.

Acne, rosacea, or a tan can make it hard to determine your skin’s tone. It this is the case, ask a mate to do the paper test on the crease behind your ear instead. The delicate skin there is less likely to be affected.

A woman's face surrounded by white, illustrating that you could peek through the paper for your white colour test
Or you can peek through it! (Credit: Getty)

2. The Vein Test

What colour are the veins in your hand and wrist? Blue or purple veins indicate cool skin, while a greenish hue, means warm skin. If you can’t decide between the two, you’re neutral.

3. The Sun Test 

Another easy way to work out your skin’s undertone is to gauge how it reacts to the sun. Olive-skinned beauties who tan easily generally have warm skin tones. Gals with pale skin who burn in the sun, are usually cool. But that’s not to say that women with dark skin that doesn’t burn can’t be, too. If you’re neutral, you may fall into either group.

Does your skin roast in the sun, or do you bronze nicely?
Does your skin roast in the sun, or do you bronze nicely? (Credit: Getty)

4. Your Jewellery 

Silver and platinum generally make cool skin tones pop, while for warm tones, gold is where it’s at.

What bling makes your skin sing?
What bling makes your skin sing? (Credit: Getty)

5. Your Eye/Hair Colour 

It’s not an exact science, but eye colour and the hue of your hair can help to determine skin tone. People with warm skin tones tend to have amber or brown eyes with dark blonde to dark brown hair, while cool skin tones sport grey, blue or green eyes and tresses that range from very dark (blue-black or very dark brown) to light blonde.

Interestingly, most people with neutral skin tones have hazel eyes, and hair that is is multiple colours like blonde with ashy streaks or brown with warm golden brown highlights.


What Colours Should I Wear If I’m Warm?

You’re looking for warm colours like oranges, golden yellow, honey gold, amber, and reds that will make your golden undertones sing. But you can also get away with warmer greens and blues, like deeper turquoise, green moss, olive, fern, pesto, and red-purples in magenta and orchid shades.

Neutrals like taupe, hot chocolate, cream whites, and latte will make your skin glow. Steer clear from icy shades and jewelled tones like amethyst, and sapphire.  

Celeb lookalikes: Jessica Alba, Jennifer Lopez, Claire Danes, Kim Kardashian and Beyoncé

Jessica Alba is a celebrity example of someone with a warm colour palette
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What Colours Look Good On Me If I’m Cool?

On the cool end of the colour chart, your best hues are bright blue, royal blue, sapphire, emerald, amethyst, deep purples, lavender, lilac snow. But don’t discount warm shades like shocking pink (not hot pink, which is warm), cerise, ruby, and bright rose.

Your neutral colours are grey, navy and pristine white, but avoid oranges and yellows!

Celeb lookalikes: Cate Blanchett, Viola Davis, Nicole Kidman, Mindy Kaling, and Lupita Nyong’o

Cate Blanchette is an example of someone suited to cool colours
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What Colours Suit Me If I’m Neutral?

Wear jade green, dusty pink, lagoon blue and cornsilk yellow and you’ll make heads turn.

Neutral colours like off-whites, coffee, mid-range greys and black are also your best friend. Give colours that are too bright and vibrant a wide berth, though – they’ll overwhelm you.  

Celeb lookalikes: Angelina Jolie, Rachel McAdams, Julianne Moore, Julia Roberts, and Kerry Washington

Kerry Washington is a celeb with a neutral colour palette
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Going Deeper

You can take it a step further, and try out seasonal colour analysis – classifying yourself according to the seasons.

Once upon a time, seasonal colour analysis, or skin-tone matching, was broken down into four basic categories:

  • Spring: Light hair and eyes, warm undertone
  • Summer: Light hair and eyes, cool undertone
  • Autumn: Dark hair and eyes, warm undertone
  • Winter: Dark hair and eyes, cool undertone

But the narrow classification meant that many women weren’t accounted for. So, now we have 12 seasons to choose from:

  • Light Spring
  • True or Warm Spring
  • Clear Spring
  • Light Summer
  • Cool or True Summer
  • Soft Summer
  • Soft Autumn
  • True or Warm Autumn
  • Deep Autumn
  • True or Cool Winter
  • Clear Winter
  • Dark or Deep Winter 

Light Spring

  • Hair: Golden blonde, strawberry blonde, or golden brown
  • Skin: Fair skin with pink or peachy undertones
  • Eyes: Blue, green, hazel, or light brown

You rock: Spring colours like jonquil yellow, spring green, warm coral, fresh aqua, ivory, khaki, bright aqua, warm coral, greenish khaki, sunshine yellow

Celeb lookalikes: Kate Hudson, Taylor Swift, Blake Lively

Taylor Swift can be classified as having a Light Spring seasonal colouring
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True or Warm Spring

  • Hair: Strawberry blonde to copper auburn and light to dark golden brown
  • Skin: Warm beige, slightly bronzed, may have freckles
  • Eyes: Green, blue, hazel, or light brown

You rock: Bright blue, pine green, sea green, ocean aqua, ivory, evergreen, rose, warm yellow, navy, true red

Celeb lookalikes: Nicole Kidman, Jessica Chastain, Amy Adams

Nicole Kidman is an example of True or Warm Spring colours
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Clear or Bright Spring

  • Hair: Golden light to dark brown
  • Skin: Skin has a pink undertone and ranges from more ivory than milky white to golden brown 
  • Eyes: Green, blue, light brown

You rock: Hot pink, robin’s egg blue, royal blue, lime, pine green, ocean aqua, ivory, warm brown, bright blue, true red

Celeb lookalikes: Tyra Banks, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Gwyneth Paltrow

Maggie Gyllenhaal is an example of Clear or Bright Spring colours
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Light Summer

  • Hair: Light to medium ashy blonde or strawberry blonde hair 
  • Skin: Skin has a neutral undertone that is neither warm or cool, but may have a slight pink tinge 
  • Eyes: Blue or green

You rock: Cool pink to pale green, baby blue, lavender, royal blue, evergreen, white, and pale warm coral

Celeb lookalikes: Reese Witherspoon, Margot Robbie, Cate Blanchett, Marilyn Monroe

Reese Witherspoon has Light Summer colouring
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True or Cool Summer

  • Hair: Medium to dark ashy brown
  • Skin: Skin has a cool undertone and ranges from medium beige to dark brown
  • Eyes: Blue or Gray

You rock: Cobalt blue, evergreen, true rose, parma violet, crisp navy, fog gray, white, mint green, violet, slate blue.

Celeb lookalikes: Kate Middleton, Emily Blunt, Bella Hadid

Kate Middleton has True or Cool Summer colouring
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Soft Summer

  • Hair: Medium to dark ashy brown
  • Skin: Medium beige to dark brown with neutral undertones
  • Eyes: Grey, blue, hazel

You rock: Periwinkle, parma violet, cocoa brown, lavender, dusty navy, dusty rose, marsala wine

Celeb lookalikes: Jennifer Aniston, Rihanna, Sarah Jessica Parker

Jennifer Aniston has Soft Summer colouring
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Soft Autumn

  • Hair: Blonde to medium brown or reddish light brown
  • Skin: Ivory, olive, or medium brown with warm undertones
  • Eyes: Green, hazel, or light brown

You rock: Maize, moss, teal, peach, ivory, goldenrod, French blue, olive, camel, warm pink, and aubergine.

Celeb lookalikes: Dianna Agron, Mischa Barton, Elizabeth Olsen

Elizabeth Olsen has Soft Autumn colouring
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Warm Autumn

  • Hair: Medium to dark golden brown or warm auburn
  • Skin: Ivory, olive, or medium brown with warm undertones
  • Eyes: Green, hazel, or light brown

You rock: Autumn colours like deep olive, marsala wine, padparadscha orange, yellow, rust, gold, warm blue, mauve, burgundy, and terracotta.

Celeb lookalikes: Olivia Palmero, Debra Messing, Rita Hayworth

Olivia Palermo has Warm Autumn colouring
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Deep Autumn

  • Hair: Medium to dark brown with golden shine
  • Skin: Ivory, olive, or medium to dark brown with warm undertones
  • Eyes: Dark blue, deep green, hazel, dark brown, brown-black

You rock: Topaz, forest green, bright orange, brilliant russet, citrine, deep olive, warm ruby, black, russet, and goldenrod. 

Celeb lookalikes: Natalie Portman, Oprah Winfrey, Gal Gadot

Oprah has Deep Autumn colouring
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Cool or True Winter

  • Hair: Ashy blonde, ashy light or dark brown, or black with blue undertones
  • Skin: Olive or cool blue undertones 
  • Eyes: Light brown, blue, or grey

You rock: Sapphire, navy, amethyst, royal blue, bottle green, vivid green, emerald, cool ruby, hot pink, lime green, black, white, fuchsia, cool pink, fog gray, white, and black

Celeb lookalikes: Zooey Deschanel, Jamie Lee Curtis, Kristin Davis

Kristin Davis has Cool or True Winter colouring
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Clear Winter

  • Hair: Medium to dark brown or black
  • Skin: Olive or cool blue undertones
  • Eyes: Bright green or blue

You rock: Forget muted colours and go for the brightest you can find!

Celeb lookalikes: Courteney Cox, Megan Fox, Alexis Bledel

Alexis Bledel has Clear Winter colouring
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Dark or Deep Winter

  • Hair: Medium to dark brown or black
  • Skin: Olive or cool blue undertones
  • Eyes: Dark brown or black

You rock: Sapphire, navy, turquoise, eggplant, amethyst, emerald, bottle green, cool ruby, black and white, and plum. 

Celeb lookalikes: Sandra Bullock, Anne Hathaway, Mila Kunis

Mila Kunis has Dark or Deep Winter colouring
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Colours Anyone Can Wear

  • Pure white
  • Light blush pink
  • Teal with a perfect mix of blue and green
  • Eggplant purple

It’s also worth keeping in mind that what colours suit you might change or be up for debate – a fact Zooey Deschanel can attest to. The actress and singer posted a video of her getting colour analysis done earlier in 2024, where there was still debate in the comments (officially, she’s a True Winter).

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