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.
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.