Your skin is your defining feature. Dusky or dark, fair or wheat, skin tones span the country. And the array is just about as varied as the colour choices at an Indian wedding. However, the colour choice you make to accentuate your complexion is not an easy one. From pastels to neon, the right tone can not just highlight that lovely tone but also brighten your mood.
The age old saying goes, go for the opposite. White against darker skin tones and black against fairer ones. Another rule for wearing metallic colours is golden for fair skin and brass for bronzy tones. But truth be told, the actual colours that highlight skin work with the very pigment in your skin. For that, you need to look at your skin a little closer. Skin pigments that produce melanin result in an over-arching colour tone iny our skin but also allow for small patches of colour that can be found on the surface of our skin. These colour patches link to certain basic colours, the usage of which highlight the skin.
Skin that has undertones of pink are highlighted well with shades of pink but not so much by shades of orange. Skin with undertones of brown and black are highlighted by darker reds and not by metallic pinks. This can work the other way around too. Colours with undertones of yellow highlight burgundy skin tones while colours with wine undertones work effortlessly on olive skin. The other way of looking at this could be the warm and cold rule: Cold colours like blue and green work against fairer tones while warmer colours like brown and maroon against darker tones. This doesn’t mean that you need to stick to the original warm or cold family alone. What it means is that while choosing among all the colours on offer, choose the ones than have tints of the original warm or cold families. This way your skin will be highlighted by default. Like while picking a blue, if you have a dark tone, choose a cobalt blue with hints of brown over a powder blue with hints of crystal.
The thing to remember is that YOU are wearing the colour. Ensuring that you choose the right shade needs to be followed up with a spoon of self-confidence. All it takes is giving yourself a little nudge telling yourself that you look great. Bring that out and the colour palette will be an automatic winner.