Monochromatic – Low Colour Contrast
- Penelope Cruz has dark eyes and dark hair with fair skin.
- Gwen Stefani has light hair and fair skin with dark eyes.
- Penelope Cruz has an overall deep or dark value because of her dark hair, so is better in overall dark colours
- Gwen Stefani has an overall light value because of her light hair
If you’re best in monochromatic colour schemes – read how to make a monochromatic outfit more interesting.
1 Colour – Low-Medium Colour Contrast
- Oprah with her brown hair and brown eyes but golden bronze skin has one coloured element – so looks good wearing one colour with her neutrals.
- Courteney Cox Arquette with her blue eyes and black hair and beige skin also has one coloured element – and ideally looks great wearing a colour with her neutrals.
2 Colours (Analogous or Triadic) – Medium Colour Contrast
- Kate Winslet with her more golden blonde hair (yellow) and blue eyes is has a 2-parts of a triad colour contrast.
- Whilst if she had green eyes with her golden blonde hair – this would be an analogous colour scheme.
- Her value contrast is medium as her eyes are a medium value, whilst hair is a light value – so she doesn’t want to wear high-value contrast outfits, but does look great wearing a 2 colours together in an outfit – particularly 2 colours from a triad (or even an analogous scheme – 2 colours next to each other).
2-3 Colours (Triadic or Complementary) – High Colour Contrast
- Now when we add in either a third coloured element (such as Madonna’s pinkish skin and very obvious pink lips) to the combination of yellow hair and blue eyes – this adds an extra colour element and raises the colour contrast.
- Alternatively – Amy Adams with her blue eyes and orange hair – is naturally complementary in her colouring and so looks great in complementary (or split-complementary – which means one off a complementary scheme) in her outfits.
Both Amy and Madonna only have a medium value contrast, their contrast comes from their obvious need for colour – replicating their natural high colour contrast.
Discover Your Colour and Value Contrast
If you’re still not sure which camp you fall into – you can find out more here with my downloadable 3 step process to finding out your ultimate contrast levels. Alternatively, if you’d like my professional opinion on your contrast levels (both colour and value) you can get this in my 7 Steps to Style program (which also includes discovering your ideal colour palette from my 18 directional Absolute Colour System).