I feel like everyone has that color that when they wear it they feel invincible. For me, my power color is yellow. It’s a color a lot of people can’t pull off, and from a self-proclaimed weird kid (just asked everyone I went to high school with) I’m not afraid to stand out more be different. Plus, if you met me, yellow is quite literally the definition of my personality. Bright, sunny and a little fiery.
You may not know that I have been a pageant coach for about a decade. One of the most common question I get is what color looks best on me. Now, there is an organic feeling that comes up when you wear a color you love, but there is also some science to it too.
We all have days or occasions where we need a little extra confidence. Having a go-to color that can boost you in times of need is a must – a job interview, a big presentation, a first date or just when you want to be “feelin’ yourself”.
Let’s walk through the two steps you need to take in order to determining yours. Half nature and half nurture.
How To Find Yours
First, we need to determine if you are warm toned or cool tone. What does this mean? Everyone’s complexion has either yellow or pink undertones. This shows us on the color spectrum what color family naturally complements your skin tone.
How do you know if you are warm-toned or cool-toned (or neutral)? There are a few easy ways to tell. First, check the underside of your wrists where you can see your veins. If they have a greenish tent that leans toward warm tones. Blue or purple? Cool tones all the way. Next, think about the jewelry you select.
Gold tends to complement warm skin tones better and silver for cool tones.
One way to easily skip this whole process is to look up the name of the shade of foundation do you wear. Usually it will be described with the words warm cool or neutral.
Yes, you heard me right – neutral counts too. So if you are in the middle of the road with these you can easily go either way with any color on the color wheel.
Now comes nurture. This is all based on your personality and how you feel. I have my clients determinate three words that describe their personality. Usually, the color choices become much clearer that. For example, my personality words are spirit, authenticity, and celebration. Does that say yellow or what?
One cautionary note. You don’t want to directly double down on color choice if you have a strong personality characteristic. For example, a strong personality like mine may want to avoid red since it will communicate overconfidence. Confident persona plus confident color equals overconfidence. Make sense?
Take a look at the color wheel and the steps above and let me know what you think your power color is. Want help determining yours? Send me a message and let’s get to work!