Like finding the right haircut for your face shape, picking the right hues for your skin tone, personality, and mood is trickier than it seems. With all the shades in the color spectrum, it helps to get acquainted with a few fundamental rules to bring out your best features, express your personality, and balance your mood.
COLOR THERAPHY FOR YOUR SKIN
Skin comes in three undertones: cool, warm, or neutral. If the veins on your wrist appear more blue than green, you have cool-toned skin. If they look more green than blue, your skin is warm-toned. If it’s hard for you to decide between blue and green, you likely have neutral-toned skin.
Color Rx for Cool-Toned Skin
Add color to your complexion by embracing hues that contrast your skin. Think darker colors, such as charcoal grey, brown, burgundy, bottle green, navy, and any bold shade of blue.
Avoid pastels and bright shades, like white, light beige, strong yellows, and tomato red.
Color Rx for Warm-Toned Skin
Accentuate your skin tone by embracing bright and dark shades, such as magenta, coral, terracotta, olive, and violet-red, as well as very light colors like cream, taupe, and mushroom gray.
Avoid yellows, greens, and anything too similar to your skin tone, like pistachio, mustard, and mocha brown.
Color Rx for Neutral-Toned Skin
If you have neutral-toned skin, you’ve hit the color jackpot. You can wear just about anything on the color spectrum, including bold, bright colors like cobalt blue, jade green, and crimson red. The only color you should avoid is yellow, because it won’t contrast enough with your skin.
If there is a color you adore, disregard the color rules.
COLOR THERAPHY FOR YOUR MOOD
Colors have the power to impact our mood and how we perceive the world. Chromotherapy, or color therapy, dates back at least 2,000 years to Ancient Greece, Egypt, and China, where color (in the form of sunlight, crystal reflections, paints, and plants) were used to improve people’s mood, relieving anxiety, boosting confidence, treating insomnia, and much more.
Feeling tired? Stimulating red will energize and invigorate you.
Feeling sad or in pain? Calming blue will help you get out of your funk.
Feeling overwhelmed? Accepting green is grounding and calming, helping you to feel at peace and balanced.
Feeling down? Happy yellow improves your overall mood and will make you feel warmer, optimistic, and more confident.
Feeling bored and lazy? Enthusiastic orange improves your mood as well, and also stimulates your appetite and mental activity.
Feeling blocked? Knowledgeable purple will get your creative juices flowing, walking the fine line between stimulation and serenity.
Once you’ve determined the colors you need to surround yourself with, you can deftly fill your wardrobe with shades that were seemingly created just for you.
At Metiseko, colors are fundamental to our design. Each new collection is built by a range of several shades, and many of our prints showcase at least two colors of the collection.