I love having grey hair but it does need some brightening. It can look dull if it’s not paired with colour in make up and clothes. If you are not used to wearing colour and are mostly seen in greys, browns or blacks, then now might be the time to colour yourself up a little. It will require you to come straight out of your comfort zone, but I promise you, it will be worth.
I think the most important thing to be aware of when we are choosing colour is to know whether we have a cool or a warm undertone to our skin. If you wear the wrong undertones in the colours you wear in your clothes and makeup, it will do you no favours. It will negatively affect your complexion and probably make you look older than you are. When I was younger one of my friends looked amazing in orange because she had a warm undertone, but this colour would make me look ill because I have cool undertones to my skin and orange is a warm colour. Another example was when I was in senior school. Our school shirt was canary yellow. Oh my gosh, there could not have been a worse colour for me, but it was handy when I wanted to go home early because I always looked drawn and pale. If my shirt had been deep blue or even white or black, I would have been fine. Oh the joys of uniform.
Knowing your undertones really helps when you are shopping because you know the colours to go towards and which ones to avoid and you will be guaranteed to step out looking and feeling your best.
Below are some ideas on how to work out whether you are cool or warm toned.
Look at the inside of your wrist.
Do your veins look blue or green?
If they look more on the blue side, you are likely to be cool toned.
If they are more on the green side, you are likely to be warm toned (because blue veins underneath a yellowy skin tone make the veins look green.)
What were you- cool or warm?
Now find a piece of jewellery, one in silver and another in gold?
What looks best next to your skin?
One is likely to look cheap and the other will look expensive and lovely. Do you get more compliments when you wear silver or gold jewellery?
If you suit gold, you are more likely to be warm and if you suit silver, you are more likely to be cool.
For example I have a cool undertone, so I do not suit gold. I could wear the most expensive necklace in gold and it would look cheap on me, whereas my friend who is an autumn- and warm toned looks beautiful in gold jewellery.
Which camp are you in- warm or cool?
What neutrals suit you?
Do you look best in blacks and bright whites or more ivory, browns?
The former (black etc) will reflect a cool tone and the latter (beige and ivory)a warm undertone.
Because I have cool undertones, I can wear black and white.
Any patterns yet- warm or cool?
Even if you have grey hair, your hair is likely to have some cool or warm tones of colour in it. For example my ‘whites’ are really white and then the ‘dark’ areas are a dark ash brown, so it’s very ‘contrasty’, which is consistent with my cool undertone and winter colour palette. My hair, when I was completely dark, was a dark ash brown. If your ‘whites’ are more like an off white with some warmer blondes or browns in it and your former natural colour had warm tones in it, then that is a give away-you would be warm undertone. Doing a full cleansing shampoo and then drying your hair will help with this because sometimes build up deposits can end up on the hair and makes it look ‘yellowy’ which might confuse your actual colour. Deep cleansing will get rid of this build up and reveal your true colour. You could then look at your hair with a magnifying mirror as this will really help you see the tones in your hair.
So many people think that once their hair starts going grey that different colours suit them. Not true! When your hair colour changes to grey, this doesn’t mean different colours suit you. Your colour season is the same regardless. So for me, I have been winter cool colouring long before I went grey and will be forever more…..
If you are cool toned like me, you will suit colours with a blue undertone- navy and deep blues, blue greens, cool pinks, magenta, and true red.
If you are warm toned, you will suit yellows, oranges, brown, ivory and warm reds.
This is a very basic ‘rule of thumb’ and by no means replacing getting your colours analysed professionally. However it does give you a better understanding as to the colours to go towards.
If you would like to take it a step further, then I would recommend getting your colours analysed to find out what actual colour season you are. This gives you more specific choices of colour for when you are wearing makeup and styling. There are various companies around the world that do this. I live in the East of England and I’ve used ‘Its My Colour’ www.itsmycolour.com. It cost me around £100 and I went with friends and we made a day of it and had a great time. Since then, I’ve taken other friends and family, my mum, sister and even my dad to get their colours analysed. It’s great because they test all the colour seasons against your skin tone in depth and then let you know what season you are, Summer or Winter (cool), Spring or Autumn(warm). They will give you a colour chart that you can pop in your hand bag which is handy when you go shopping.
Below is a general and very basic colour wheel with the top being warm toned colours and the bottom cool tones.
Do you find you wear different colours now your hair is grey? Have you ever had your colours analysed? I would love to hear others opinions on this.