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May 20, 2024

Unlock Your True Hue by Linda Bertaut

How to Choose Colors to Show Up and Shine

Do you remember the excitement of getting a fresh box of crayons? What was the first thing you did? Most likely, you opened the box and admired all the colors in perfect symmetry. Did you select your favorites and test them on the spot? Or did you save the best for last? Either way, that box of color opened your heart and mind to new possibilities. Color surrounds us and impacts us. We encompass all the colors of the rainbow, making us HUEman beings.

Each of us has a unique flesh tone, and the colors you wear will affect how you look. Did you know that some colors make you look healthy and vibrant while others can make you look washed out or even ill? Here are a few guidelines to help you make better color choices to enhance your true hue.

#1: Warm Colors vs Cool Colors

If you have ever tried blending paints to make the color of flesh, you know that it takes all the primary colors (red, blue, and yellow) and varying degrees of light and dark. Look at the color wheel to understand the two main color families you can select from to enhance your natural skin tone. Warm colors have yellow in them, and cool colors have blue. If you split the color wheel in half horizontally, warm colors are in the half with green, yellow-green, yellow, orange-yellow, orange, and red-orange. Cool colors are blue-green, blue, blue-violet, violet, violet-red, and (cool) red. Most people will look better in one color family over the other. Although it may seem counterintuitive, you will tend to look better in cool colors with more yellow in your skin. You will look better in warm colors if you have more pink or rosiness in your skin, face, neck, and decollete.

#2: Intensity Range – Contrast

Colors also have intensity according to whether they are bright (high intensity) or soft (low intensity).

For example, bright pink, red, and orange are considered intense, while peach, soft pink, aqua, and baby blue are considered soft. you have high or low contrast in your natural coloring? If you have dark hair and light skin, then you are high contrast and show up well in bright, high intensity colors. Low contrast means you have little contrast between your hair color and skin tone, so soft to medium intensity colors will allow your true beauty to show up and not be overpowered by the wrong colors.

#3: Value Range – Light to Dark

Color value refers to how light or dark a color is—think of white to black and all the shades of grey in between. High contrast individuals who have dark hair and light skin are able to wear more intense, bright colors and darker colors like black well. Those with fair coloring do better with softer, more muted colors and neutral tones over black. There will be occasional exceptions to these guidelines so be willing to experiment until you find colors that make you radiate.

Show Your True Colors

Choosing the right colors can make a difference in how you look and feel. Look in the mirror to evaluate the guidelines shared in this article. You can hold make-up and clothing up to your face to see if the colors make you look smoother and brighter, give you a nice glow, or make you look like you are ready to call in sick to work. Have fun experimenting. You never know when you will brighten someone’s day just by being your colorful self!


Written By: Linda Bertaut

Chakralicious founder Linda Bertaut is a Milady Author, national speaker, award-winning esthetician, and Reiki master teacher. She brought Reiki, energy healing, and gemstone treatments to esthetics more than 20 years ago. Bertaut created the “Heal the Healer” program to mentor others to understand, embrace and utilize their healing abilities. She has been substituting and teaching specialty classes at JD Academy since 2015. @LindaBertaut

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