30 November, 2010

The magic of clothing: The belly

In this series, I'll show you how clothing and accessories can help any "problem area" disappear. In this first part, I'll talk about ways to conceal a belly - a sought after tip in this festive season.

  • A darker top under a lighter jacket/cardigan. While light top + dark jacket is a common combination, a darker top makes the belly go away as by magic! When teamed with a lighter color, the darker color recedes and seems to shrink. It's worth noting that "darker" doesn't have to translate to "black". Any color will do, as long as it's darker than the jacket/cardigan!
  • Empire tops and dresses (high waisted - over your natural waist, below your bust). However, avoid excessive pleating and gathering, as that'll only make your belly appear bigger. Note: Soft pleating works
  • Somewhat loose-fitting (not tent-like!) tops that softly skim your belly
  • Vertical ruching on the sides or down the middle of the top. The folds will disguise any roll or lump and bump, and as by magic, the ruching makes the belly vanish
  • V-necks and similar open necklines
  • Colorful shoes which draw the attention away from the belly. Wedges are particularly good
  • Pants and skirts with a side-zip, rather than the usual frontal zipper
  • Pants and skirts which hit slightly under, or across your belly button
  • Pants with straight, bootcut or wide legs
  • Earrings and necklaces draw the focus away from the belly
  • Long, lean jackets and coat which are open. By not closing your jacket, it'll divide the top half in three narrow parts
  • Shaped, structured jackets with one button right under the bust
  • Vertical stripes and seams
  • A top with narrow stripes, particularly when paired with a jacket, works wonders for slimming the figure. Where large vertical stripes broaden, the skinny stripes works almost as a ladder - enabling the eye to climb upwards, thus creating a slimming effect
  • Patterns work nicely if they are medium sized and dense. Sparse patterns appear to enlarge an area, where dense, medium sized patterns "confuse" the eye, and blur the area - making the wearer appear slimmer
  • Hold in/Shape wear physically slims down your figure

  • Pants and skirts with very high, or very low, waist
  • Details around the midsection! Avoid pleating, horizontal pockets and so on in this area
  • Large, shapeless pieces of clothing won't make you look smaller!
  • ...nor will skin tight clothes. Especially not those in shiny or textured fabrics!
  • Drainpipe jeans/Skinny pants is like an arrow pointing at your upper body
  • Pants and skirts with a pleated waist. If desiring pleated skirts, choose those where the pleating starts at the hips
  • Tucking tops into pants or skirts
  • Belting the waist will only draw attention to it

    Examples of belly slimming outfits in various styles:
    hiding tum - young

    hiding tum - adult

    hiding tum - mature

    (Click the pictures to view product information)

    29 November, 2010

    Hungry for some fashion?

    First off, please excuse the rather obvious and very lame title. Apparently, my creativity has hit rock bottom. Alas!

    Anyhow! Right now I'm in the middle of moving to a new place as well as studying for my exams, so I've got less time on my hands than desired to do the planned body shape posts. However, fear not, the posts are coming sooner than you think! Meanwhile, whilst browsing one of my favourite blogs, Tom & Lorenzo, I came across this rather jaw dropping eye candy I absolutely had to share with you.

    All the garments are mady by the incredibly talented Korean artist Sung Yeun Ju. She makes wonderful pieces using food rather than fabric. Yes, that's right. FOOD. The concept isn't new, but this is the first time I've seen it done this well. Take a look at that bubble gum dress (and the bubble gum top on her website)! To me, it looks like a watercolor painting. You'll find more pieces on her site.

    (Made out of tomatoes)

    (Made out of red onion)

    (Made out of bubble gum)

    (Made out of shrimp)

    (Made out of eggplant)

    27 November, 2010

    Face shapes

    Human beings differ in what seems to be an endless well of ways. Just as coloring and body shape are different, so are our faces. And by faces, I don't only mean the features of our face, such as the size of our nose, the shape of our eyes, the fullness of our lips, and so forth. I'm talking about the shape of the face.

    Some people have a broad jaw, other people have a strong chin, other people have a small forhead, other people have high cheekbones, and so the list goes on. Our face shape is the geometrical contour of our face. Take a good look at your self in the mirror. If your hair is long, pull it back. Same goes for bangs. Now, use a lipstick, eyeliner or whatever you have that can be scrubbed away. Whilst looking straight into the mirror, try to follow the contours of your face by drawing at the mirror. Don't look at your ears, or hair or nose or anything else; just the facial contour. You might find it easier to focus on the contour if shutting one eye, or squinting. Now, take a step back. What does the shape look like? Which geometrical shape would you compare it to?

    I will get in more detail about each shape, but first, let's do a quick summary of each face shape, shall we?
    • Long: Visibly longer than wide, with a soft jaw line
    • Rectangle: Visibly longer than wide, with a square jaw line
    • Round: About as wide as it is long. The cheeks are the widest point
    • Square: Almost as wide as it is long. You can draw a vertical line from the forehead, cheek bones to jaw line. Strong, square jaw line
    • Inverted triangle: Wide forehead, high cheek bones and a narrow chin
    • Heart: Wide forehead, high cheek bones and a narrow chin. Differs from the inverted triangle with its widow's peak
    • Diamond: Wide cheekbones, about equally narrow chin and forehead. Basically a mix between a dramatic oval and a heart (yet with a narrower forehead)
    • Pear: Very narrow forehead. The shape is gradually widening towards a full, rounded jaw
    • Triangle: Narrow forehead, almost vertical line from cheek bones to the strong, square jaw. The jaw might be slightly wider than the cheek bones
    • Oval: Shaped like an egg. Slopes softly from the cheek bones to the jaw. The forehead is wider than the jaw. Considered ideal due to its neutral features
    I will now share some tips to looking your best, no matter what face shape you've got. I personally find all shapes just as beautiful, but the aim with these tips is to work with the shape, rather than against it. When wearing the "wrong" kind of hair style or accessories, your shape might appear jarringly exaggerated. The goal is to make it more oval, or neutral, yet still retaining the shape you've got.


    Long and rectangle

    • Avoid flat, long clunks of hair running down the sides of your face. This will only make your face look longer. For a rectangular face, this will also make your jaw look more angular
    • Choose styles with width around the temples and ears. This will make your face appear wider, thus shorter
    • Often, people with long or rectangular faces have a big forehead. For those with a long face, heavy, long bangs will be flattering. The rectangular faces should opt for softer, more diagonally cut bangs. Diagonal bangs will soften a strong jaw line
    • The most flattering length, would be medium to medium long. If lusting long, lucious locks, add volume to the hair in the area around your neck and nape. Very short hair will display the length of your face full on
    • Avoid hair styles which are high on the crown. High hair will only make your face appear longer
    • If you have a rectangular face, you should avoid very angular hair styles. Angular hair styles with sharp edges bring forth each angular line in your face. As the rectangular shaped face often wants to make the jaw line appear softer, angular hair styles will work against this goal
    • The rectangle should avoid center parting, whereas the long face looks great with it 
    • Contour your hair line and blend down towards your forehead, as well as on and under your chin. Use a highlighter on the top of your cheeks and at the temples
    •  Rectangular faces could also contour on their jaw line and blend upwards to soften the angular jaw. If one with a long face would want to broaden their jaw, the jaw contouring would be placed under, and following, the jaw line, up towards the back side of the ear
    • Apply blush on the apple of the cheek, and pull the blusher slightly and very softly up diagonally on top of the cheek bones
    • Long face shapes suit flat, straight brows, whereas the rectangular face needs more of a defined arch 
    • Tall, broad glasses with an accentuated top rim or decorative temples are a flattering choice. The rectangular face could benefit from a more oval shape of the glasses
    • Hats should be big and wide rather than small and narrow
    • Avoid long earrings. The rectangular face shaped person should avoid all rectangular shaped earrings, and instead opt for more rounded shapes
    • The rectangular shaped should avoid square necklines, and instead go for more rounded ones
    Sarah Jessica Parker has a long face shape, whereas Angelina Jolie's face is more rectangular



    • Go for height at the crown to make the face appear longer
    • Don't conceal the forehead completely. If sporting bangs, enable at least some part of the hairline to shine through
    • The most flattering bangs for your face shape, are long, diagonal ones. Heavy, long or short bangs, are less so
    • Keep your hair close to your head in the area around your ears
    • A short pixie crops and short bobs will only emphasize the roundness of your face. Medium long to long hair flatters your shape the most
    • Curls at the sides of your head will only make your hair look wider. If wanting, or having, curly hair, curls below the chin would be more flattering
    • Contour along the sides of your face and under your cheekbones. Highlight on the top of your cheekbones, down your nose and on the middle of your forehead and chin
    • Apply blush under the apple of your chin, and sweet it diagonally upwards towards your temples - basically, follow your cheekbones
    • Very high arched brows flatter a round face
    • Avoid wide, tall and round glasses. Opt for angular ones instead. Upswept, angular styles are also very flattering
    • Avoid round necklines. A narrow v-shaped neckline is by far a lot more flattering
    • Go for long earrings. Short, wide and circular earrings will only emphasize the width of your face 
    Charlotte Church and Kirsten Dunst both have round faces


    • Avoid too much width at the sides of the faces. Instead, add volume below the jaw
    • Instead of straight, angular styles, opt for more organic shapes such as waves and use layers to frame the face. However, if you have short hair, keep the hair closer to your head and use layers to add life
    • Choose a side parting rather than a center parting. Asymmetry is key when being the owner of a square face
    • Where blunt bangs only will make your jaw look more angular, side swept, diagonal bangs will flatter
    • Medium to medium long hair suits a square face very much. A shoulder length, wavy bob with side swept bangs is one of the most flattering hair styles for this face shape
    • Showing everything, or nothing, of the forehead, will only emphasize the square jaw. Use bangs or layers to conceal some of the forehead
    • Contour your face at the sides of the forehead and the top of the jaw. When blending the contour from the jaw, make sure you blend upwards, and avoid contouring under the jaw line, or behind the ear. Highlight the cheekbones and down the middle of your face
    • Use blush at the apple of your cheek. Sweep the excess of your brush gently up along the cheekbone
    • Soft, gentle brows will disappear on an angular face. Instead, define your brows with color and shape. Curved or angular arched brows looks very nice on this face shape
    • If wearing a hat, choose one that is asymmetric and has a prominent, high crown
    • Avoid angular glasses, especially those with low-set temples or color accents at the lower rim. More oval or round shapes will look a lot better, as it will soften the strong jaw. Butterfly shaped glasses are also a flattering choice. Choose glasses that have more width than depth
    • Choose earrings that are longer than they are wide. However, make sure they end above or under the jaw, never right at it. By choosing organic, more oval shapes, the jaw line is softened
    • V-shaped and deep, rounded necklines are far more flattering than those which echo the shape of your face, such as square necklines. Also, do keep in mind that very wide necklines might appear to widen your face
    • Short angular necklaces, chokers and generally anything that wraps around your neck, will give an illusion of a wider and a more square face, especially if you have a short neck (which many square faced persons appear to have)
    Rosario Dawson and Demi Moore both have square shaped faces


    Inverted triangle and heart

    • Bangs or center parting look great. Side parting without bangs or a bare forehead; not so much 
    • Avoid too much width above the ears - keep the width and volume around the jaw and chin area instead. This hair style, sported by Julia Roberts, is a perfect example
    • Keep the top layers of the hair soft and long. Avoid spiky, short hair around the crown
    • Long layers that frame the face are an excellent choice. Jennifer Aniston's famous 90's hair is a perfect example of a flattering layered style for heart/inverted triangle shaped faces
    • A chin-length (or longer) bob with tapered ends are very flattering as they balance the forehead
    • Contour along your hairline and the sides of your forehead and temples. Highlight your chin (unless it protrudes very much - then you're better off contouring softly underneath it) and you jaw
    • Apply blush on the apples of the cheeks and softly blend it diagonally towards the middle of the ear
    • Rounded, curved brows suit the inverted triangle/heart very well. If your face is short, go for a high arched round brow
    • Slender, rounded or square styles are nice picks. Go for bottom heavy frames or rimless glasses, as well as those with low-set temples. Avoid decorative temples, top heavy styles and very wide glasses
    • Medium long and wide earrings are your best choices. Avoid those which echo the shape of your face, that is a heart or an inverted triangle. You could instead opt for a more bottom heavy look to your earrings
    • Avoid long, narrow necklaces and v-necks, as that only with emphasize the narrowness of your chin and the width of your forehead. A more rounded or square neckline would be a better choice
    Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Love Hewitt



    • Styles with width around the temples and ears as well as the chin area are flattering. Most bangs are your best friend - both heavy, blunt ones, and breezier side-swept ones. Avoid short bangs and height at the crown, as well as short hair which follows the shape of the head, as the latter only will over-exaggerate the face shape.
    • The perfect length is chin-length or longer. If short hair, the most flattering style would be bangs with soft wispy sides. Where the Aniston haircut of the 90's would be perfect for the heart/inverted triangle shaped face, it wouldn't suit a diamond shape. A flattering variation would be to add bangs
    • Hair that is longer than the jaw, should be somewhat organic, either in the form of curls, waves or soft layers. A bob or long hair with waves and heavy bangs would be perfect for this face shape
    • Contour the sides of your cheekbones, and highlight your temples, the sides of your forehead and along your jaw
    • Apply blush to the apples of your cheeks
    • Curved, arched brows look great on a diamond face shape. Rounded shapes are also good
    • Upswept/cateye, oval and rimless glasses are very flattering. Frames with details at the top are a good choice. Avoid narrow styles and glasses which are wider than your cheekbones
    • Earrings should be wider on the bottom, such as tear drop, pear or triangle shaped styles. Oval shapes are also flattering
    • A narrow v-neck will only emphasize the narrowness of the jaw and chin. Aim for wider or more rounded necklines instead
    • Wide-brimmed hats are flattering as they widen your forehead
    Elizabeth Hurley and Sophia Loren are two well-known diamond face shape owners


    Pear and triangle

    • Avoid width and volume around the jaw line. Instead, add width, volume and height to the temples
    • Never end a hair style at the widest point of the jaw. Short or medium length is ideal. If being a long hair lover, add wispy layers and keep the hair tight at the nape area. The Farrah-cut would be anything but flattering, so avoid wispy outwards-turning layers like the plague. Short hair should not have bangs that fall over the forehead and eyes, nor should the hair at the temples be close to the head
    • Keep the hair style organic and flowy rather than angular with sharp edges
    • Long side-swept bangs and a side-parting are great for these shapes. A center part will work well if you don't have a short forehead
    • A long bob with fullness at the temples and which tapers down towards the jaw, is a flattering cut. The same goes for a long style with large natural waves and slightly teased long bangs
    • Contour along the jaw and blend it upwards (don't contour under the jaw and behind the ear! Keep the contouring in front of the ear), and contour along the cheekbones to make it pop out. If having a strong chin, do also contour below at, and on the sides of it. Highlight the temples and sides of your forehead, as well as along your cheekbones
    • Apply blush on the apples of your cheeks and upwards in a v-shape along the cheekbones towards your temples
    • Keep the eyebrows strong to balance out the heavy jaw.  Angled or curved, arched brows are a nice choice. Keep the top of the arch defined and sharp
    • Glasses should be top heavy. Cateye/up-swept styles, semi-rimless (rimless at the bottom) and glasses with color or details on the top of the frame would be good choices. Avoid small, narrow frames and low-set temples
    • Avoid triangular-shaped jewelery, both necklaces and earrings. The earrings should be longer than they are wide, and not end at the jaw
    • Narrow necklines would be flattering, same goes for long, narrow necklaces. Avoid chokers and chunky necklaces
    Ali Larter and Kathy Ireland



    Due to the neutral nature of the oval face, there are no specific tips besides avoiding very short layers, as they can make your face seem long. The perfect brow shape for the oval face, is considered to be the soft angled shape, and a good way to apply blush is to sweep it up towards the temples.

    Charlize Theron and Jessica Alba

    25 November, 2010

    My current obsession

    I'm a girl who LOVE lipsticks, especially a blood or wine red one! However, due to the increasingly colder weather, I have hidden my lippies in my cave (For everyday use, that is! No party look without my beloved lipsticks!), and find myself leaving the apartment with *ghasp* my natural lip color!

    You see, my beloved minions, I have succumbed to the power of the lip balm. A product I previously used only before going to sleep, I have now started wearing it in the light of day. The reason for this is simply the fact that I think I'm slightly obsessed with my balm, my dear and beloved EOS.

    I was planning on buying the lip balm from D├ęcleor. However, when visiting my family and friends back in Norway, I was so certain my lips were going to wither and die unless I bought myself something moisturizing. I poppet my head into the nearest beauty product shop, and bought myself an EOS lipbalm - a mega hyped product. As I admit I'm weak at resisting widely praised beauty products, I bought one. As they were out of the yellow one with SPF, I got myself the green version ("Honeysuckle honeydew").

    Despite the very non-villainy name, I loved the smell and the feel at first... eh... roll. And now, I can't stop applying it. All day long, despite the funny looks I get when pulling out my egg shaped balm. I love it so much I sleep with it. Ok, not really, but it sits on top of my bedside table, looking rather cute and innocent if I may say so. It moisturizes my lips so well, allowing me to put on my most loved lipsticks when heading out for a night out - despite the cold winds that previously nearly tore up my lips! Sure, there are probably other products out there who do a better job at moisturizing your lips, but I doubt they look as cute, ehe. It's not too expensive either - about 3,30$ from the online store. However, you are able to buy them in physical stores as well. And, of course, they are cruelty friendly! As an added bonus, the balms are 95% organic and completely natural.

    I can't wait for warmer weather which allows me to wear my lipsticks at a daily basis again, but for now, my EOS is my current obsession.

    Note: I have bought this product by myself, and do NOT get paid by advertising for it.

    24 November, 2010


    The deeps are often easily spotted by their dark hair and dark eyes. If you're a natural blonde or have pale eyes, then you can be certain you don't belong to the deep and cool nor the deep and warm. Typical hair colors are deep auburn to chestnut to dark black to blue black. The skintones, however, have a far broader range; you'll find alabaster deeps, olive deeps, beige deeps, caramel brown deeps, cocoa brown deeps, to very dark skinned deeps, to mention some. The common denominators, though, are the deep and rich overall coloring.

    The deeps are truly radiant in black and jewel tones, but also in lighter colors such as ivory and taupe. However, when picking an outfit, they should refrain from wearing only light colors. They should opt for dark colors instead, or a dark + light combination. Dark and bright colors are very flattering to deeps, such as teaming black with turquoise or chili. The deeps are also possibly the ones who do dark makeup the best. Where red lips and darker eyes would overwhelm most people, the deeps have the depth to pull it off. However, not all makeup looks suit them; very light, pale and powdery makeup tend to suck the life out of their vivid coloring.

    Deep and rich. Dark eyes and hair.

    Neutrals include, but aren't limited to:

    Black brown, taupe, coal, dark navy, pewter, black

    Deep basic palette:

     Soft white, ivory, butter, stone, chocolate
    Black brown, taupe, coal, dark navy, pewter
    Lime, moss green, ivy, turquoise, teal
    Emerald, spruce, forest green, cornflower, true blue
    Royal purple, purple, damson, blush pink, true red
    Scarlet, chili, burgundy, aubergine, black


    Deep and cool

    Slightly cooler. Common skintones are olive, beige, dark brown, blue black, alabaster, ivory, cool beige and cool brown, however a slightly cooler bronze isn't a rarity either. The eyes are deep, and deep brown, ebony, hazel or olive. Like the eyes, the hair is dark: dark brown, black, blue black, or even a very dark auburn. The deep and cool looks absolutely brilliant in colors such as peppermint and dark teal, whilst colors like tomato red and mustard are less fortunate.

    Some celebrity examples:
    Eva Longoria (pictured), Penelope Cruz, Alek Wek, Cher, Susan Lucci, Rachel Bilson, Jada Pinkett Smith, Kim Yoon Jin, Anne Hathaway, Johnny Depp, Colin Farrell, The Jonas Brothers

    Add-on colors:

    White, peppermint, true green, dark teal

    Light blue, viola, violet, plum
    Candy pink, cyclamen, fuchsia, berry pink


    Deep and warm

    The deep and warm have the defining characteristic of "deep", but are also warm in their overall coloring. The skin can be golden brown, honey brown, dark brown, ivory, bronze, warm olive, warm beige or merely golden. The hair is deep, in colors such as deep auburn, chestnut, dark brown or black. Like the hair, the eyes are deep, and often reflect the warmth in the deep and warm's coloring: Hazel, dark brown, ebony, golden brown or rich olive. Like the other tonal groups on the warm side of the spectrum, a golden ring or golden flecks in the pupil are common. The deep and warm looks glorious in colors such as mahogany and evergreen, but cannot successfully pull off the cooler colors of the deep and cool; like candy pink and berry pink.

    Some celebrity examples:
    Leighton Meester (Pictured), Sophia Loren, Kim Kardashian, Julia Roberts, Jessica Alba, Eva Mendes, Natalie Portman, Raquel Welch, Hillary Swank, Daniel Dae Kim, Denzel Washington 

    Add-on colors:

     Mustard, camel, golden brown, mahogany

    Coffee, olive green, evergreen, salmon pink
    Dark salmon pink, tomato, rust red, pumpkin


    The two soft tonal groups, soft and cool and soft and warm, are the most misdiagnosed of all the seasons/tonal groups. Misdiagnosed as people believing they are a light spring rather than a soft and warm, for example, or misdiagnosed as people believing they are a soft, as they feel like their coloring is neutral, and they don't know where else to put themselves.

    The dominant characteristic of the soft groups, are the fact that they appear, well, soft. Very low in contrast, with eyes, skin and hair often blending together, and their skin seems almost neutral, both in hue and saturation. You'll find soft groups among all races. However, they tend to be light-medium/medium/medium-dark in their skin color. They are rarely, if ever, really dark, nor are they pale and delicate like the lights. Their hair is often described as mousy, their eyes are soft and sometimes referred to as muddy, and their skin has an opaque, velvet-like look. However, their coloring isn't boring! It is soft and understated, yes, but they are fortunate enough to suit a wide array of colors - as long as the colors aren't too bright. Personally, I like to call the softs chameleons - they seem to be able to pull off a lot of looks.

    When choosing an outfit, the softs look their best when the outfit is tonal/low in contrast. That means, no bright, high contrasting outfits such as a fuschia top with a black jacket. No, instead opt for colors that blend with each other. Softs best colors are soft in chroma/clarity/saturation and medium intensity (intensity referring to lightness/darkness). Dusty, softly saturated colors like sage and coal blue looks great, whereas hot pink and royal blue are examples of too bright colors. Very light or very dark colors are also overwhelming, to choose a soft white, buff or stone rather than stark white, and charcoal rather than black.

    Soft, muted, neutral.

    Neutrals include, but aren't limited to:


    Pewter, stone, charcoal

    Light navy, rose brown, taupe

    Soft basic palette:

     Soft white, gray green, pewter, stone, coal

    Natural beige, taupe, chocolate, rose brown, cocoa
    Herb, jade, sage, mint, light viola
    Turquoise, sky blue, teal, purple, soft violet
    Light navy, sapphire, coal blue, damson, bordeaux
    Blush pink, geranium, shell, turquoise green, spruce


    Soft and cool

    With the old seasonal analysis system, the soft and cool was often misdiagnosed as a winter, due to not fitting elsewhere. However, the soft and cool is far softer and more muted than any winter (bright and cool, cool and clear, deep and cool). The skin looks quite neutral, but looks better in somewhat cooler colors. Ivory and beige are common skintones, but rose brown and light cocoa aren't unusual either. The eyes are usually soft blue, chocolate brown, hazel, gray green or gray blue. The eye patterns are soft and smudged, echoing their whole coloring. The hair is often described as mousy, devoid of natural highlights; ranging from dark blonde to a medium brown or, when older, a medium gray. Due to this, subtle highlights be very flattering, whereas solid dyes can look flat. The soft and cool will look better in amethyst and soft fuschia than the soft and warm's olive green and light salmon pink.

    Some celebrity examples:
    Jennifer Aniston (pictured), Sarah Jessica Parker, Jessica Biel, Miley Cyrus, Vanessa Williams, Viggo Mortensen

     Add-on colors:

    Eau de nil, seafoam green, icy pink, powder pink

    Orchid, soft fuchsia, rose, icy violet
    Lavender, amethyst, icy gray, bluebell


    Soft and warm

    The soft and warm is usually lighter than the soft and cool, and is often misdiagnosed as a light and warm. However, whereas the lights are recognized by their delicate skin and fair features, the soft and warm are far more neutral, more medium in intensity, softer in chroma/clarity and the whole coloring is heavier and dustier. The soft and warm are very neutral, but favors slightly warmer colors. The most common skintone is beige, but it isn't uncommon for them to have a cooler overtone to their skin. Their eye patterns are soft and smudged, and common colors include, but isn't limited to, hazel, soft amber, chocolate brown, soft blue, blue green, grey green or topaz. Like all fall groups (which is soft and warm, warm and muted and deep and warm), a golden ring around the black of the eye is common. The hair color is, as stated earlier, often described as flat or mousy, lacking natural highlights, ranging from a golden blonde to dark blonde to medium brown. The contrast between the features is low, so the best colors are soft, dusty and blended. The soft and warm looks great in rust red and light gold, but doesn't suit the seafoam green and rose which flatters the soft and cool.

    Some celebrity examples:
    Drew Barrymore (pictured), Gisele Bundchen, Molly Sims, Ashley and Mary Kate Olsen, Kim Raver, David Beckham

    Add-on colors:

      Cream, camel, light gold, golden brown
    Light moss, yellow green, olive green, dark salmon pink
    Salmon pink, rust red, light peach, peach


    The cools are dominated by one particular feature: The lack of warmth in their skin, hair and eyes. Putting warm colors like mustard or chili up again the face of a cool, will make them look downright awful. Their hair colors range from ash blonde to blue black, their eyes from light gray to blue-green to black, and their skin from alabaster white to a very dark brown. However, what all these variations have in common, is the fact that they are all variations on a theme: Having predominantly cool undertones, no warmth whatsoever!

    One easy way to discard the possibility of being a cool, is by holding an orange-based color up against your face. If it doesn't look like you have fallen on your face and aged 10 years in doing so, you don't belong in either of the two cool-dominated groups. If you are a cool, heaps of blue shades awaits, as well as a myriad of grays and blue-based pinks and reds.

    Cool colors, no warmth in skin, hair or eyes

    Neutrals include, but aren't limited to:


     Coal, spruce, teal
     Light gray, medium gray, dark navy 

    Bright basic palette:

      Soft white, taupe, pewter, icy green, rose beige
    Coal, black, light gray, medium gray, dark navy
    Dark blue green, spruce, pine, teal, light teal
    Icy blue, light aqua, duck egg, sky blue, light viola
    Cornflower, sapphire, royal blue, purple, dark viola
    Blue red, baby pink, dark rose, dark pink, cassis


    Cool and muted

    The cool and muted are first and foremost recognized by their lack of warmth in their skin, hair and eyes, but also by the fact that they are light, and compared to the cool and bright; soft/low in contrast. Ash blonde to ash/cool brown are the most common hair colors, with white and cool gray being dominant among the elderly cool and muted. Common eye colors are blue, gray blue, gray, gray green, but may also be blue green or a cool brown. Rose beige, a soft pink and alabaster are frequent skintones, but a cool light brown and beige are also existent. When choosing colors, the cool and muted should steer away from all warm colors, in addition to very bright colors, as the former will make them look sick, and the latter will be overwhelming and look unnatural. Opt for cool shades instead. Soft, yet not very dusty. Although black appears in the basic palette, the cool and muted should avoid wearing it up against their face. Instead, try coal, dark gray or dark navy. The cool and muted looks better in amethyst and eau de nil than stark white and cyclamen.

    Some celebrity examples:
    Sarah Chalke (pictured), Linda Evans, Paulina Porizkova, Kimberly Williams, Candace Bergen, Creed Bratton

     Add-on colors:

    Eau de nil, seafoam green, icy pink, powder pink,
    Orchid, soft fuchsia, rose, icy violet,
    Lavender, amethyst, icy gray, bluebell


    Cool and bright

    The cool and bright are dominantly cool, but are also known for the clarity of their skin and eyes, as well as higher level of contrast than seen with the cool and muted. Their hair is naturally dark, ranging from dark ash brown to blue black, to silvery gray, salt 'n' pepper or white with the elders. The eyes are clear, not as clear as the high vattage brights' eyes, with eye patterns that remind of spokes of a wheel. The eyes may be dark, like a deep blue or almost black, or a bright blue, turquoise or blue-violet. The skin may be rosy pink, clear olive, ivory or alabaster white, to various hues of cool brown. However, no matter what skin or eye color, the cool and bright needs contrasting, strong colors, and should avoid warm, dusty, pastel-like colors. When comparing their own colors to their sister season, the cool and muted, the cool and bright looks better in, amongst others: black and fuchsia rather than lavender and seafoam green.

    Some celebrity examples:
    Lauren Graham (pictured), Brooke Shields, Shania Twain, Rihanna (bordering on cool and muted when pale), George Clooney

    Add-on colors:

    White, peppermint, true green, dark teal

    Powder blue, viola, violet, plum
    Candy pink, cyclamen, fuchsia, berry pink

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    Obviously, people who belong to one of the light color groups, have light features. Light hair, light eyes, and more or less light skin. Blonde is a common hair color, and depending whether one leans towards the cooler end (light and cool) or the warmer end (light and warm), it can be anything from light strawberry to ash to golden. However, you will also find some light brunettes, here. When getting gray, the color is more of a golden gray (light and warm), or a cool or blonde gray (light and cool).

    Besides being light, the lights have low-contrasting features. Their eyes, hair and skin blends softly, and have a delicate feel. Often, they feel like filling in their eyebrows, as they often can be very fair. Lights should not overdo their makeup, though, as very dark brows and heavy makeup tends to look clown-like. A lights' worst enemy, would be hard, dark colors; they will simply seem to swallow the light person.

    When choosing an outfit, go for light color combinations, or light + dark. For instance, an ivory colored top and a cocoa colored jacket. The lights are fairly neutral, and are therefore often taken for a soft season. Lights would be silk, whilst softs would be velvet. It is also worth mentioning that lights have a hard time getting a natural tan, as they easily burn in the sun.

    Light, delicate.

    Neutrals include, but aren't limited to:

    Taupe, cocoa, stone, pewter

    Light basic palette:

     Soft white, taupe, cocoa, stone, pewter,

    Ivory, cream, light gray, medium gray, butter
    Sage, apple green, light blue green, turquoise, light teal
    Mint, light aqua, petrol, sky blue, light viola
    Cornflower, light navy, violet, purple, pastel pink
     Dusty rose, blush pink, geranium, light apricot, rose brown


    Light and warm

    Appears quite neutral, but leans towards the warm side. Often a peaches 'n' cream, ivory or pale beige complexion. The eyes are often blue, blue green, aqua, light green or a very light hazel, and are usually brighter than seen with the light and cool. Although the light and warm are, as the name implies, on the warm side, its somewhat neutral nature allows it to borrow some cooler colors like blush pink and turquoise as well. However, the light and warm looks better in lemon yellow and coral, than in seafoam green and icy pink.

    Some celebrity examples:
    Kate Hudson (pictured), Scarlett Johansson, Blake Lively, Renee Zellweger, Owen Wilson

    Add-on colors:

     Yellow cream, lemon yellow, light gold, yellow green

    Light moss, true green, lazuli, salmon pink
    Coral, watermelon, light peach, peach


    Light and cool

    Appears rather neutral, but leans towards the cooler end of the spectrum. Softer and more delicate than the light and warm. The eyes are often a soft blue, gray or blue gray, but light green also occurs. When comparing the eyes of a light and cool to the eyes of a light and warm, the former seems hazier and softer, as if looking at them through a sheer, pale veil. When putting together an outfit, the light and cool should keep the color combinations light and low in contrast, as high contrasting, dark outfits look both unnatural and unflattering. The light and cool shares many colors with the light and warm, but suits, to mention a couple, bluebell and lavender better than light moss and salmon pink.

    Some celebrity examples:
    Naomi Watts (pictured), Jodie Foster, Michelle Pfeiffer, January Jones, Anderson Cooper

    Add-on colors:

     Eau de nil, seafoam green, icy pink, powder pink,
    Orchid, soft fuchsia, rose, icy violet,
    Lavender, amethyst, icy gray, bluebell


    The warm group are split into two: The brighter and lighter warm and bright, and the darker and more fall like warm and muted. Their main common feature, is the abundance of warmth in their skin, hair and eyes.

    The warm groups are the place where you will find most natural redheads. However, you find brunettes and blondes here too, albeit their hair colors have a warm, golden or reddish, cast.

    Their eyes can range from blue to brown, but you rarely find black brown or grey eyes in either group.

    The warm should aim for warm colors, colors with a yellow, orange or red undertone. Cool colors make them look ill, and should only be used if wanting to look believable for a sick leave. ;) The warm and bright should opt for more saturated, lighter and brighter colors. Not neons, but vivid shades such as buttercup or chili. The warm and muted looks the best in more muted colors and color combinations, colors you would see on a day in October; mustard, olive green, rust.

    Dominant characteristics are "warm".

    Neutrals include, but aren't limited to:

    Moss, gray green, pewter, bronze, chocolate

    Warm basic palette:

     Soft white, gray green, pewter, stone, coal

    Cream, taupe, chocolate, bronze, oatmeal
    Lime, moss, sage, mint, light viola
    turquoise, aqua, teal, purple, light navy
    Dark coral, true red, chili, flame, mandarin orange
    Terracotta, amber, apricot, butter, buttercup


    Bright and warm

    Lighter and brighter than the warm and muted. Their eyes are clearer, and can be warm green, teal blue, turquoise or a clear light hazel. Ivory or porcelain are common skintones, and various shades of reddish or golden blonde to ginger red hair often occur. The overall look of the warm and bright, are lighter, clearer and more delicate than the warm and muted, thus should the deepest colors be switched with lighter ones. People who are warm and bright, suit coral and spring green better than forest green and pumpkin orange.

    Some celebrity examples:
    Nicole Kidman (pictured), Amy Adams, Sarah Ferguson (duchess of York), Reba McIntyre, Conan o'Brien

    Add-on colors:

    Cream, lemon yellow, light gold, yellow green

    Light moss, true green, lazuli, salmon pink
    Coral, watermelon, light peach, peach


    Warm and muted

    The warm and muted have a deeper look with less contrasts. Their eyes are softer, often topaz, hazel, amber brown, warm green or a muted teal. Like the warm and bright, red hair isn't uncommon, but the warm and muted often have darker hair, such as auburn, dark golden blonde or a darker red. They should avoid all light outfits, as well as steering clear of very bright pieces of clothing or accessories. Forest green and pumpkin orange look great, whereas coral and spring green are a tad too bright.

    Some celebrity examples:
    Julianne Moore (Pictured), Lindsay Lohan, Tilda Swinton, Marcia Cross, 

    Add-on colors:

     Mustard, camel, golden brown, mahogany

    Coffee, olive green, evergreen, salmon pink
    Dark salmon pink, tomato, rust red, pumpkin