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Posted on Feb 4, 2012 in Discussion, How to and Guides, Information, Interviews | 9 comments

What are the best colours for Redheads?

How can Redheads make the best of what they are with make up and clothes colours that suit them?

Well it turns out that is a tricky question to ask….many of us may think that the best colours for redheads are blues, greens, browns (or as I affectionally label them the ‘bruise’ spectrum of colours), however, it’s not as Red hair ladysimple as that. You may already have a signature colour that you turn to, but you could be missing out on a range of colours that would make you look so much better. You could even be using colours that work against you! As I learnt this week; there is a wide variation within one colour such as blue, which means some shades of blue will suit you, whereas some may not.

After spending some time learning about colour for last weeks post on The best shade of Lipstick for Redheads, it’s clear that colour is a complex issue. So we got in touch with Helen Venables, a Colour Analyst at House of Colour.  She has kindly answered my questions and cleared up some confusion over how colour can work to transform the way you feel.  When we got talking about her work as a colour analyst (with close to 30 years in the business) Helen mentioned that Redheads are often confused about what colours are best for them, and learning what works can really help boost confidence;

As an experienced Colour Analyst, having seen 1000’s of clients over the years it is noticeable that many Redheads can have low self esteem and lack self confidence.  Seeing how beautiful they can look in their best colours and associated make up is often a turning point for them and it’s always a joy to see.

If you were as confused as I was by mention of ‘cool’ and ‘warm’ colours, Helen cleared up a lot of that confusion and gave some helpful advice to Redheads looking for colours that suit them;

 

MOST Redheads, and I have to stress the MOST, have a yellow undertone to their skin tone which means that clothes and make up colours that are warm will work better than cool, blue based colours.   All colour apart from true red has either more yellow or more blue in it.  A yellow based skin tone will mean that warm colours make that person look healthy, smooth, slimmer and often younger while the cool colours will make the same person appear stressed, unwell, washed out and tired or stressed looking.
Warm colours are then further defined as either light and bright, (we call these colours Spring) or rich and earthy (we call these Autumn)  If a redhead is a Spring, the Autumn colours will make him or her look overweight and often tired and a bit drab.  While the Spring colours will have the opposite effect giving a bright eyed, fresh, slim look.  An Autumn wearing the richer colours will look amazing, but the Spring colours will wash her/him out and the clothes themselves look a bit cheap. 

 

So what about if your hair is not naturally red or if you’re not sure if your skin has a yellow undertone? Helen stressed to me that unless they have someone in the chair they can’t tell definitively what colours would suit them best. If you’re  interested in learning more about the benefits of colour analysis click here.

Make up for Redheads and a Great Discount

Referring back to the Lipstick question – what colour lipstick really suits a redhead? Helen gave us a great tip on that;

Every girl looks fab in a red lipstick but a woman with a warm skin tone should always go for the yellower bright reds and avoid the deeper blue based wine reds.  An example of this would be  Geranium Red or L12 Brick from the online make up store at House of Colour which you can find here. If you are interested in any of the make up then you can get a 30% discount with this Discount Code HOCVALUE

Of course – if you are interested in make up for Redheads or for Pale skin – you may also be interested in our make up items – particularly the Dainty Doll range started up by Nicola Roberts to cater for ladies with pale skin.

What are your colours?

We’ve often found that being a Redhead means our very individual kind of needs aren’t catered for by mainstream shops, from make up, hair care and even the treatment we get on the streets.  I personally find that I walk into a clothes shop and automatically ignore up to 85% of the clothes in there, purely based on colour – and if I get one more season where the ‘in’ colour is pink, orange, yellow, or red I think I may break down in a shopping centre screaming. So it seems that clothes are no exception, and perhaps if our colours aren’t being catered for, its time we take control? As Helen said, we have a beautiful colouring, and with the right complimenting colours that beauty can be enhanced, instead of hidden. If I’ve learnt anything from this, its that there may be many colours that I have been ignoring, that could look great on me after all! I’m very interested in getting my own colour analysis done. So if I go for it, I’ll give it a full write up here, watch this space!

Enough of me – what are your favourite colours? Do you experiment? Have you had a colour analysis done? Would you be interested in it? Let us know in the comments!


 

Helen VenablesHelen Venables is a Director of House of Colour Ltd.  A franchise organisation with a network of consultants operating all over the UK and internationally.  The company offers expert Colour Analysis and  Style advice to individuals and organisations of all types. www.houseofcolour.co.uk

More about the author: Jessica Shailes

Just call me Jess, I'm the co-creator of Everything for Redheads and love contributing to our community here. Let me know what you'd like to see on the site and we'll see what we can do.

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9 Comments

  1. my main colours i wear is black, blue, green, gray, a dark marron, white and purple..

  2. I find I can wear almost anything except yellow and yellowy/beige. I love reds, bright pinks, turquoise and purples/lilacs, but I also look very good in white, black and most blues especially navy. I think the best way to find if a colour is good for you is try it on, be adventurous, you may be surprised, I was when I discovered lime green looks good on me!

  3. Starting to think more seriously about getting my colours done – really seems like there are lots of colours we can get away with!

  4. My skin is very pink in its undertones and therefore I avoid pinks except for baby pink, I also avoid the yellow beiges and of course like most people I avoid bright yellow and bright orange! Apart from that I will wear any colour.

  5. I love wearing red, but it has to be the right shade. I cannot wear cream or beige (or yellow – but who can?) as they make me look old and exhausted, but I look good in white. All that aside, I do usually wear black and grey and purple. I would love to have my colours done, but can't really afford it at the moment since I was made redundant last year.

  6. I find turrquoise the one colour that makes me look realy vibrant and healthy. Coral and white are also good.

  7. I would love to have a colour analysis carried out as I don't normally go for colour I think black, grey or browns are ok. I would love to try something brighter!

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