How to mix and match colors

 
 

5 May 2018

We talk quite a bit about the colors that suit us and those that are not necessarily as flattering, but what about mixing and matching colors?

We talk quite a bit about the colors that suit us and those that are not necessarily as flattering, but what about mixing and matching colors?

Many people gravitate around the “safe” neutrals like black, white, beige, grey, dark blue, but what about the thousands of other colors at our disposal (without counting all the possibilities in patterns)? The array of colors at our disposal is endless, so endless we sometimes get lost as to what combines well or not.

So here are some tips to mix and match colors progressively:

1. Afraid to mix? Then monochrome!

Monochrome means wearing a single color from head to toe. This will make you start getting used to wearing color without being afraid of mismatching. A first step towards the wonderful world of color. Then, little by little you can begin to vary the tones in one same color: blush and rust red, for example.

Make sure the color illuminates your face and suits you!

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2. Vary your neutrals

Beyond the typical neutrals we mentioned above, introduce new ones like metallics (gold for warm-colored types, silver for cool-colored types), and mix them with a bold red or blue, for example. The result can be stunning and on the safe side. Otherwise, start mixing a strong color with a neutral, but be careful, don’t let the neutral put out the color. Rather, the neutral needs to enhance the strong color.

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3. Wear primary colors

If you are afraid of choosing the wrong color, starts with primary ones, choosing those you feel the most comfortable in: Red, blue, yellow... Remember that primary colors are the base for all the other existing colors (red and yellow make orange, bluer and yellow make green, blue and red make purple). See if cool colors or warm colors suit you best to make your face and aspect looks luminous!

4. Use analogous colors:

In the color wheel below, choose the colors closest to each other to mix and match. Red and orange, blue and green, purple and pink. Try also colors like green and yellow or pink and red. Yes, these do go well together when you find you right tones!

(Credits: The Telegraph & Styleoholic)

5. Mix contrasting tones:

You will know you master the true art of mixing and matching colors when you know how to combine contrasting colors in a harmonious way that doesn’t look kitsch or blingy.

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To find out which colors suit you, click here.

©I-DYLIC. Article by Eleonore Vadon