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The power of colour

We all have our favourite colours – however, the ones we love don’t always love us. Determining your own seasonal palette can make a huge difference to your appearance, making your skin look radiant and your eyes pop. Colour expert Kim Crowley shows us how...

By Kim Crowley
20 Oct 2015 | 12:00 am
  • Summer.

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Summer

The summer palette is the most delicate of the seasons and has cool, blue or rose-pink undertones. Summer tones don’t mean the bright, vibrant hues we see in the shops during the hot months – they are actually light, gentle pastels and greyed-off shades.

Summer

Helen Bradfield

Helen, 35, is Australian, but it’s her German ancestry that gives her the unique icy blonde look that suits a summer palette. Although Helen is blonde and fair with blue eyes, summers can also have brown hair and eyes.

Looking good!

Summer

Dress, Dh1,050, Reiss; Studs (part of a set of 3), Dh29, H&M; Necklace, Dh450, Uterque; Rings (part of a set of 4), Dh69, H&M.

Clothes

This baby-blue dress with its soft pleating at the neckline is perfect for Helen’s colouring as well as her figure, as it gives her more of an hourglass shape while enhancing her natural skin tone. Accessorising with silver jewellery is the perfect way to add some sparkle without overwhelming her gentle features.

Make-up

The trick when you have soft, delicate features like Helen is to keep your make-up soft too, which allows your natural beauty to shine through. Cream products really help create a more dewy, fresh face and the subtle pinky lip allows her eyes to pop, as opposed to trying to intensify both the lip and eye, which is too much for Helen. We have enhanced Helen’s natural wave in her hair, which is often part of a summer’s energy, making it look much healthier and glossy as a result.

Summer hits

Summer

Maybelline Dream Lumi Concealer, Dh44, Boots; Tom Ford Lip Colour in Forbidden Pink, Dh245; Benefit High Beam Highlighter, Dh129, Wojooh.

Less good!

Summer

Dress, Dh995, Ted Baker; Heels, Dh470, Steve Madden; Necklace, Dh95, Topshop; Cuff, Dh26, H&M.

Contrary to popular belief, black doesn’t suit most blondes. It looks too heavy and dark, especially when worn this close to the face, and it can overwhelm blondes. The gold jewellery is too warm and doesn’t complement Helen’s cool features.

Make-up 


The make-up here is too heavy – a mistake that a lot of blondes tend to make – and the result is quite a masculine, angled look. The black eyeliner is too harsh and makes Helen’s eyes appear smaller. Her lip is also too dark and strong and her hair is too straight, which ages her.

Autumn

Autumn

Autumns suit earthy colours with a golden undertone. Autumn colours can be clear or slightly muted and are usually the easiest colours to shop for.

Autumn

Sarah J Moin

Sarah, 26, is Pakistani and has beautiful rich, dark features. The key factor with Autumn is warmth – they are often dark-haired and dark-eyed, but can also be redheads.

Looking good!

Autumn

Dress, Dh355, Zara; Heels, Dh249, Steve Madden; Studs, Dh39, H&M; Necklace, Dh550, Uterque; Cuff, Dh39, H&M.

Clothes

I love that we got Sarah in a mini dress as she told us she avoids them, when in fact they are perfect for her apple-type body shape. This rich, clear terracotta dress is perfect for her skin tone and the gold statement necklace lifts her complexion. Opting for a shoe that is also warmer in tone and not pale nude is key to flattering her legs.

Make-up

We ensured Sarah’s make-up was in the same range of colours as the dress, with lots of browns, reds and oranges to enhance her beautiful brown eyes. We complemented the look with an orange lipstick and a peach blush as Sarah should stay away from
rose-pink since it’s too cool for her.

Autumn hits

Autumn

Make Up For Ever bronzer, Dh185, Paris Gallery; Isadora Mesmerize eyeshadow palette, Dh126, Paris Gallery; Gucci Eye Powder liquid liner in Iconic Black, Dh195, Harvey Nichols.

Less good!

Autumn

Top, Dh79, H&M; Trousers, Dh750, Reiss; Heels, Dh665, Ted Baker; Necklace, Dh69, H&M; Ring (part of a set of two), Dh39, H&M.

This outfit has cool grey undertones and does nothing to complement Sarah’s warm olive skin and hair. The colours are also too dusky and light for Sarah and she needs deeper tones to enrich her.

Make-up

The mistake most people make when they have warm features but dress in grey-toned clothes is to exaggerate their blush to try to add colour to their skin, which ends up looking wrong. The nude lip also washes out Sarah’s face and disguises the rich colour in her hair.

Winter

Winter

Winters suit jewel colours with a blue undertone – think deep and strong hues. Winters can carry off high-contrast colours in their outfits.

Winter

Victoria Browne

Victoria, 31, from the UK, has a high contrast between her hair, skin and eyes, so she can pull off high contrasts in her clothing too. Winters have a cool undertone, and are often dark-haired with dark eyes, although you can also be a winter if you have blue eyes or blonde hair – it’s to do with the colour-contrast between your features.

Looking good!

Winter

Top, Dh695, Ted Baker; Skirt, Dh885, Ted Baker; Heels, Dh1,599, Kurt Geiger; Necklace, Dh69, H&M; Ring (set of two), Dh39, H&M.

Clothes

This jewel-toned outfit is great on Victoria and the deep-blue undertone makes her teeth and the whites of her eyes stand out beautifully. Although Victoria is very lean, she can carry off a heavier, chunky necklace in emerald green, and a contrasting shoe is perfect on a winter.

Make-up

Purples and red tones make green eyes much greener, so we went for a soft red-purple smoky eye that was just stunning. A little highlighting and contouring plus a bright pink lip were the key to get the perfect look.

Winter hits

Winter

Dolce & Gabbana Classic Cream Lipstick in Shocking, Dh161, Paris Gallery; Guerlain Blush Duo Over Rose, Dh243, Paris Gallery; Isadora Magic Mauves eyeshadow palette, Dh126, Paris Gallery.

Less good!

Winter

Dress, Dh149, H&M; Heels, Dh799, Kurt Geiger; Shorter necklace, Dh59, H&M; Long necklace, Dh129, River Island.

This dress is too warm a yellow to flatter Victoria and the light nude shoe is too insipid for her and doesn’t flatter her legs. She needs stronger tones.

Make-up 


We chose a peachy blush and a coral lipstick to show how warm shades don’t flatter Victoria’s cooler skin tone – her skin appears washed out and the lip colour needs to be stronger to complement the deepness of her eyes and hair.

Spring

Spring

Springs need warm, vivid colour to help their features come alive. Spring colours are generally easier to shop for during the hot summer months.

Spring

Dani Jackson

Dani, 35, from the UK, is blonde and blue-eyed like our summer model Helen – however, Dani’s skin has much more of a warm, golden undertone, and she has more of a contrast between the colour of her hair, eyes and skin, which means she should wear very different colours from Helen.

Looking good!

Spring

Jumpsuit, Dh1,295, Reiss; Heels, Dh1,449, Kurt Geiger; Earrings, Dh9, H&M; Rings (set of 4 with studs), Dh69, H&M.

Clothes

Dani has never worn a jumpsuit and with a figure like hers, she can carry off a long-sleeved, long-leg version. This is an impactful outfit, which looks great on her as it’s in the correct tone and only needs minimal accessories since we don’t want to take the focus off the feminine detailing of the waist bow.

Make-up

We chose a bronze cream eyeshadow, which makes blue eyes pop, along with a subtle peachy blush. We matched Dani’s lip to the jumpsuit colour in a matte finish, which works as the jumpsuit is the perfect colour and tone for her and balances out her features perfectly – on a summer this would look overpowering.

Spring hits

Spring

Laura Mercier Crème Cheek Colour in Sunrise, Dh110, Bloomingdale’s; Maybelline Dream Matte Mousse, Dh60, Boots; Marc Jacobs Le Marc Lip Crème in 204 Amazing, Dh150, Sephora.

Less good!

Spring

Jumpsuit, Dh895, Reiss; Heels, Dh625, Massimo Dutti; Necklace, Dh129, River Island; Silver bracelet, Dh95, Topshop.

The first thing you notice about a spring is her eyes, but here the darkness of the outfit doesn’t let them sparkle. The muted dullness of the purple and the icy silver necklace washes out Dani’s skin and makes her hair appear more yellow.

Make-up

We chose a matte pinky-purple lip to match the outfit, but it does not flatter Dani’s natural colouring, as it has a blue base. The ice-blue eyeshadow is too light and cool for her and does nothing to enhance her beautiful eyes.

By Kim Crowley

By Kim Crowley