Whilst facial expressions are a large part of being photogenic, wearing the right colour clothes for YOU will also have a huge impact on the way you look on a photograph.
It's all down to your skin tone, eye and hair colour which will largely dictate which colours suit you best, as a general rule of thumb you will either be ‘Cool’ or ‘Warm’.
Here’s a quick way of finding out which one you are...
When I am talking to new clients before a photo shoot and we're discussing what clothes to wear, I often hear that a lot of people are unsure of what colours really suit them; they have favourite items of clothes but they don't know why it looks good they just know they like it.
This got me thinking:
What if there was a quick, easy formula for finding out exactly what looks good on you and what doesn't? Wouldn't that save a lot of time and money?.
Well here it is, we're all split into either WARM or COOL skin tones and there are only certain colour which suit either one.
A super quick way (up to 60 seconds!) of finding out your colouring is to check the points below...
Warm colouring means that you’re likely to have one of the following hair, skin tone & eye combinations:
- Your natural hair colour is, chestnut, charcoal brown, coppery-brown, dark golden blonde, red, light or dark auburn
- Your eye colour is hazel, brown, light green or light blue
- You may have freckles and Tan easily, your complexion is golden-brown, yellow-beige, peach or ivory.
Celebrities with a warm skin tone include Danni Minogue, Anne Robinson, Jessica Biel, Sarah Ferguson and Chris Evans.
- Your natural hair colouring is black, dark brown, medium brunette, ash blonde, silver grey, salt and-pepper or even white!
- Your eye colour is dark green, dark hazel, dark brown or dark blue.
- Your complexion is black, olive, fair, rosy or pale.
- If you have white skin, it very often burns in the sun.
Celebrities with a cool skin tone include Naomi Campbell, Anne Hathaway, Liz Hurley and Simon Cowell.
You will need:
- Good natural lighting, i.e. by a large window
- A large mirror,
- A white shirt or sheet and a cream shirt (matt fabric only).
If you’re male or female with long hair, make sure it’s tied back away from your face. Your neck and chest should be free from jewellery and you should remove all make up.
- Whilst looking in the mirror, hold the white fabric under your chin, look at the clarity of your eyes and see if you can see them light up.
If you are ‘cool’, the white fabric should give you a glow, if you are ‘warm’ then it will make you look drawn.
Now , repeat with the cream fabric.
If you are ‘warm’, it should give you a warm glow, If you are ‘cool’, it will make you look drawn.
Simple eh? How did you do?
Ok, so you’ve found your colouring, you’ve probably realised how obvious it all is.
- Basically, if you’re warm then you’ll look your best clothes with a yellow undertone, brown, green, tan, gold, burnt orange and red.
- If you’re cool then anything with a blue undertone, purple, lilac, pink, grey, blue and black will really suit you.
Once you start following the 'buy the right colour' rules, clothes shopping is a heck of a lot easier and quicker, which for me is brilliant as I find clothes shopping quite stressful and time consuming.
Whilst this may be common knowledge to some of you fashionistas out there, I personally found it useful and although I am no GOK WAN I feel I can now make more informed suggestions to my clients now if they are struggling to decide on an outfit.
So which one are you?
BTW It's always a good idea when posing for professional photographs to keep clothes plain and pastel shades. Having very bright colours or busy patterns and slogans can really date, distract and cheapen an image.