Friend Friday: Color Theory

This week’s Friend Friday* project is all about color. Katy asked, and I answered…

Which color do you find the most flattering to wear? Why?
Black, of course. It’s my favorite and the most flattering for the most obvious reason: it’s slimming. It’s also flattering on me because I have very dark hair and pale skin—since my coloring is extreme in itself, black works—it’s like an extension of color that is already there.

Typical me, typical me...

But black is a non-color, really. If I had to pick a color, fuchsia is probably the prettiest color on me.

What color do you never wear? Why?
I guess that would be pale yellow. But the color I am least drawn to is red. I’ll wear it, but I only have three red pieces in my entire wardrobe. For me to want to buy something red, it has to be a highly-saturated blue-red, or a deep brick or scarlet. I find that only high-end designers tend produce red in fabrics and shades that are attractive to me.

Nothing screams “cheap” more than bargain-basement red fabric and red pleather shoes and bags. Ick. I think I just described my hell.

Do you think there are universal colors that can look good on everyone?
It seems that shades in the pink-to-red family are the most universally flattering. That sort of heathered oatmeal color seems to work across the board as well.

What are your tips to wearing a color that is not the best for your skin tone, but you just simply love?
Work it in as far from your face as possible…pick it up in a skirt or pants, or in your accessories. Redheads seem to have the most limitations in terms of color, but there is a shade for everyone. So let’s say you have a redhead who is crazy about a deep pink or red that doesn’t work with her particular shade of red hair. She could still wear a skirt that color, paired with a neutral top and shoes. Or perhaps a sash or obi in that color against a monochrome that works for her. She could also carry a clutch in her supposedly “forbidden” shade, or work it in with nail polish or bracelets. I say if you love a particular color, don’t deny yourself. Life is too short.

In regards to makeup…what colors do you avoid, what to you always reach for?
Because I have fair skin and dark brown hair, I rarely wear red lipstick, as much as I love it. It makes me look whiter than I really am, and it also tends to make me look goth—and with all the black I wear, it’s just too severe. (I already scare people as it is; I’m not kidding.) On rare occasion, if I’m doing a really old-fashioned dress, I might wear a red lip and nails.

When I want to wear color on my lips, I tend to go for pinks and oranges, followed by glossy nudes or taupes. When it comes to color, Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Pur lipsticks are the most vibrant, long-lasting of the lot. YSL has an almost neon pink (#49) that looks really good on me. And my favorite fuchsia (#128) and blindingly bright coral (#52, what I’m wearing in the photo) are also YSL.

The one color I never wear on my face is any shade of blue. Blue liner, shadow…not good on me.

*The Friend Friday project by Modly Chic is a way for bloggers to share more about themselves and create a friendly connection with other bloggers. Katy of Modly Chic sends us questions weekly, and we answer on our blogs.


  1. I totally laughed at your red lipstick/goth thing. For me, any shade of red makes me look like a hoochie. Instantly. Although, perhaps I should embrace it and start working the tube tops and chunky gold hoops.
    .-= fashion butter´s last blog ..Short-sighted =-.

    1. Oh yeah, I bet you get the J.Lo Fly Girl effect, could totally see that (even though you’d still look hot).

      Funny, huh? It’s so pretty, but depending on your skin tone, it can really change the overall effect of your look. Personally, I think red lipstick is best on blondes. They can wear it and not look hoochie or goth.

  2. Love that lip colour on you – so fierce!

    I’m a lippie lover too, especially fire engine red and a hot pink too! MAC do a great fuchsia – ‘Girl about Town’, took me forever to find the right shades of red and Fuchsia – gotta look for either warm or cool tones to suit your skin.
    There’s a colour matching service in London, which works out what colours suit you, from hair, make-up and clothing – how cool is that? Only i can’t remember the company for the life of me! woops!

    @FB – i’d doubt you’d look like hoochie! You’re gorgeous!

    .-= A Brit Greek´s last blog ..Amethyst & Turquoise love =-.

    1. Thank you hon! Yeah, my other favorite lippies are all MAC. I blend Myth with everything when I need a more muted tone.

      Hope you are well!

  3. I love fuschia and deep coral colors because they make my complexion pop.
    There are so many red lip shades that it takes a while to find the right one. ELF cosmetics has some great red shades that don’t make people look at my lips before they look at me.