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Having trouble working out my colours, anyone want to try?

(64 Posts)
MarvellousMechanicalMouseOrgan Sun 26-Jan-14 12:19:00

Have been looking at the online questionnaires, but I'm struggling!

My hair is mousey (dyed a bit darker and redder at the moment), but hairdresser tells me it has warm tones. I'm not convinced, to me it looks very flat, but I guess they know better than me!
Eyes are greeny blue, with yellowy/white lines in the iris. In some lights my eyes look bright turquoise. I have a couple of goldy brown flecks.
Skin has pink tones, I think. At least I have rosey cheeks. I tan a golden colour, but burn first. Definitely not olivey.
Eyebrows are mousey and blonde, not red or dark.

Colours I look terrible in: bright pillarbox red, orange. (I thought I looked terrible in yellow but it's occurred to me it's so long since I've bought yellow I may not actually know.)
Colours I look good in: pale rose pink, mint green, electric blue (that Yves Klein colour), silver grey.

Jewellery wise, not a clue. Tried both gold and silver by my face this morning and couldn't distinguish which was better.

Any ideas?

MissScatterbrain Sun 26-Jan-14 13:10:25


JennySense Sun 26-Jan-14 13:45:00

You sound Spring to me too.
What colour are your veins?

Your hair colour doesn't affect your colouring as I recall?

MarvellousMechanicalMouseOrgan Sun 26-Jan-14 14:07:28

Green I think.

Aquelven Sun 26-Jan-14 14:58:55

I'm blue spring & reading at first I thought you might be the same but, having reached the part where you say you look terrible in orange, yellow & pillar box red but good in pale rose pink, mint green & electric blue, I don't think you can be spring at all as none of those colours are on our palette. I think you are some sort of Summer.

MarvellousMechanicalMouseOrgan Sun 26-Jan-14 16:05:12

Am I some sort of freak? grin

Aquelven Sun 26-Jan-14 16:31:15

No, didn't mean that at all. Yellow, orange & red are in the spring swatches. Even if yellow is not one of your best colours as a spring it will still suit you far, far better than pink. All our greens have a yellow tone so lime will suit more than mint. Same with reds, burgundy colours are amongst the very worst for springs.

MarvellousMechanicalMouseOrgan Sun 26-Jan-14 16:48:39

On this page, my eyes are just like the ones described as cool and delicate, apart from two tiny yellow/brown flecks. Mine also have a strong line around the iris though.

Have just taken a hideously unattractive photo of myself where my face is most definitely pink toned.

Can't imagine wearing burgundy at all, had winey coloured hair once and it was awful for me, but then I'm trying not to veto colours just because I don't like them!

This is the sort of pink that suits me.

spottymoo Sun 26-Jan-14 16:56:46

Do you have a link to the questionnaires you looked at I'd love to work out my colours

MarvellousMechanicalMouseOrgan Sun 26-Jan-14 17:11:14

I'd say in appearance I'm somewhere between the first two pics on the last link. But with slightly darker hair.

On that last site it describes cool colours as this: Cool seasons come alive in Pinks and Blues and Berry colors.
Eyes: Blue is most common. Hazel and blue-grey are also seen.
You may have a definite natural pink ‘glow’ to your skin.
Your hair can be ash blonde, or ash highlights; or rich chestnut brown with no reddish hightlights or true black.
Warm earthy colors, particularly golden yellow can make you look sick.

Which is definitely me, apart from the warm tone to my hair.

I'm getting like a dog with a bone now! grinblush

DramaAlpaca Sun 26-Jan-14 17:17:29

I think you might be more of a summer than a spring if your skin has pinky tones.

Your colouring is a bit similar to mine, although I have hazel eyes, and I was a cool summer when I had my colours done ages ago.

MarvellousMechanicalMouseOrgan Sun 26-Jan-14 17:24:01

Pink tones is right, in the awful pic I've just taken I look like a ham in a wig. grin

LittleBabyPigsus Sun 26-Jan-14 17:41:01

Sounds like summer to me.

It is possible to have a neutral skin tone fwiw, I do, but you def sound cool-toned.

hollyisalovelyname Sun 26-Jan-14 17:57:08

Ask somebody what colours look better on you from that link you did.
I'm supposed to be Spring but my dsis thought the Summer colours pictured on the website look better on me. I agree with her. Mind you my hair is dyed smile

Hopefully Sun 26-Jan-14 18:26:47

Could be any of them TBH. <helpful>

Electric blue is a winter colour, mint green is summer, pale grey is spring or summer depending on tone, but then burgundy appears in both summer and winter palettes and you don't like it on you. Really without direct comparison between warm/cool and bright/muted drapes you're as well off picking a season you like the look of and running with it, if you don't want to get analysed in RL. Even just sticking to one colour palette will make your look more 'together' even if it isn't the right one for you.

MarvellousMechanicalMouseOrgan Sun 26-Jan-14 18:44:04

Good point, Hopefully. Breton Blue and Silver appear on both Summer and Spring in the Kettlewell colours (shame I don't really like any of their clothes!), so at least I'm on safe ground with those!

Thanks everyone for your thoughts!

HazleNutt Sun 26-Jan-14 18:58:28

Can I ask, does electric blue really suit you or do you just like it? I kept insisting for years that bright strong turquoise is "my" colour and suits me brilliantly and therefore I must be a spring - but in reality I just liked turquoise and look way better in soft pastel blue. (I'm a summer).

Could you take something summer coloured and something from spring and try them, just like they do with those scarves when getting colours done? I can actually see a massive difference - too bright colours, although I love them, drain me; but soft colours make my skin glow and eyes sparkle.

MarvellousMechanicalMouseOrgan Sun 26-Jan-14 19:06:52

Good question, and I really am trying to avoid the pitfall of buying things because I like the colour, rather than because I like the colour on me.

I have a top in that Breton Blue colour, and a few people have commented that I look good in it. It's a very plain top, and they were referring to the colour not the cut. That's the same reason I'm banging on about silver grey, the same thing happened with a top I had in that colour (although it did have a very slight green tinge).

All this is because I've decided to buy into the 'quality not quantity' shopping thing, and want to really make sure things are worth buying.

MarvellousMechanicalMouseOrgan Sun 26-Jan-14 19:08:07

That blue top is the only really bright thing I have, like most people I'm sure I have several black things and other stuff that isn't really doing anything for me.

Aquelven Sun 26-Jan-14 19:12:56

Why not just bite the bullet & go & get your colours done?
I know it's an outlay but by the time you've spent £25 on four things that lie festering unworn in your wardrobe you've broke even & need never waste money on unsuitable things again.

MarvellousMechanicalMouseOrgan Sun 26-Jan-14 19:20:14

You're right, of course. Is one organisation better than another? Or much of a muchness?

My hair is badly dyed at the moment, do they put a cloth over that anyway?

HazleNutt Sun 26-Jan-14 19:33:11

I bet you're a summer - I always get compliments when wearing breton blue as well.

Hopasholic Sun 26-Jan-14 19:45:53

They look at your natural colour, so even if you've dyed it electric blue it won't matter grin if you have some roots showing then that's a good thing.

Have it done, honestly it's well worth it. Go to HoC, the swatch booklet is really handy. Tell us your rough location in case someone can recommend a consultant.

MarvellousMechanicalMouseOrgan Sun 26-Jan-14 19:49:28

There's only one near me on the HOC website, so I guess that decision is made!

DramaAlpaca Sun 26-Jan-14 20:35:18

I think you are almost certainly a summer. Breton blue & silver grey are good on me too, whereas black drains me completely.

I got my colours done with HOC & I found it very useful.

Please come back & tell us what the verdict is smile

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