I have a bit of a ‘thing’ for changing my hair colour. Not drastically – I’ve never gone jet black or candy pink. But I do move up and down the blonde/brunette spectrum quite frequently, and have even dabbled in red. Well, what’s a couple of shades between friends/hairdresser and client?
I do find, however, that a change of hair often leads to a change of wardrobe. What suits me as a blonde doesn’t always suit me as a brunette, and that change is most obvious when it comes to colour.
When I wear this berry-coloured pencil skirt as a blonde, it looks lacklustre. The colour doesn’t pop, it washes me out and the overall affect is drab and dull. As a brunette (albeit, a very light one!) the skirt works much better, and the colour complements my skin more than it does when I have lighter hair.
It’s always useful to know which colours suit your hair and skin tone before you start brandishing your credit card in the neon section of H&M. There are some colours I very rarely wear, regardless of hair colour, because I know they don’t work for me – red (although lipstick is allowed!) and dark navy do nothing for my particular brand of white girl pale. Other colours I can buy without a second thought – mustard yellow, bright orange and pale blue are favourites.
Discovering your colour chart and knowing when to wear it is an easy task. Open your wardrobe, grab items of clothing in a rainbow range of colours and stand in front of a mirror. Hold each item up to your face and look at the effect – if your skin immediately brightens and your eyes pop, it’s a good ‘un. If the colour highlights under-eye circles or makes you look sallow, avoid it. Repeat this process when you change your hair colour to see if anything’s different, and soon you’ll have your colour chart down to a fine art.
Do you know the colours that suit you, and the ones that don’t? Do these colours change with your hair/makeup/skin tone?