Yellow … A happy color. Do you know how to wear yellow for your coloring? Most people really can wear yellow. If you think you can’t, it may be that you just haven’t tried the right shade of yellow. It can make you look sadly sick, unless you know the right shade for your hair and skin coloring. Achieve harmony between your outfit and your features above your shoulders to keep the eye moving from head to toe.
In general here is my caution. The bold, deeper shades of yellow can overpower your coloring. All the attention will then go to the yellow, and you will not look balanced. On the other hand, if the yellow is too pale for your strong coloring, it will wash your features out. You will look tired or sick.
Here’s a few suggestions for making sure yellow looks sunny not sour on you. In order left to right top to bottom here are my suggestions.
- If you have medium to dark brown hair, and medium to deep skin tones, you can wear a sunny yellow for a pop. Make sure it’s not too pale or it will wash you out. This model is wearing a golden yellow and it looks great with her deep features. However bright yellow will work for her too.
- Wear a bright yellow that isn’t too pale nor too golden if you have light skin with hair in dark brunette or black, or more pepper than salt.
- The lighter the blonde and if you have some coloring in your skin, the brighter you can go with yellow. Pale yellows are best for blondes with very light skin. Julianne Hough looks amazing in this yellow dress because her heavy eye makeup and bright red lipstick balances the bold bright yellow. Also, she has very light blonde hair and color in her skin.
- Light yellow is better if you have light to medium brown hair and medium to light skin color. Best to limit it to small doses like a color in a print, or a belt. However, this model has the same value (light vs dark) in her soft brown hair as the yellow in the dress and it balances. Notice her makeup is very nude and light. This helps the dress work.
- Red heads or brunettes with reddish tones look great in yellow, especially a golden yellow that’s not too pale. If you are a strawberry blonde or have a lighter shade of auburn you can wear a lighter shade of yellow, but stay away from a pastel yellow.
- If you have gray or silver hair, stay away from yellows. Gray and silver is a cool color and yellow is warm. They two don’t usually go together. However, if you love yellow, wear it in your shoes, or in a print worn from the waist down. This lovely lady is wearing it nicely with a black and white tweed jacket which repeats the salt and pepper in her hair. So there is harmony.
Since yellow is such a strong color, you can wear just a little pop of it in a belt, or a scarf, or shoes and get a big impact. A little goes a long way.
Follow these tips and we can all be sunny happy wearing yellow! If you want to make a great first impression and you aren’t sure which yellow to wear, maybe wait until you are sure. Or get a color analysis and be sure.
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