Following on from my post on colour and value contrast this post on ultimate colour contrast is my simple guide to finding your ideal contrast levels. For each step write down the option that suits you for both colour and value.
1. What is your hair colour?
Colour – strawberry blonde, golden blonde, copper, red, violet, blue etc.
Neutral – platinum blonde, ash blonde, grey, silver, white, light or dark brown, black
What is its value?
Use the grey scale to compare.
You may wish to copy this grey scale and print it out so you can compare it to you in a mirror.
2. What is your skin colour?
Colour – golden, pinkish (florid), bronze
Neutral – beige (from light to medium), white, deep brown, darkest black
What is its value? You can see I’ve created a value scale to compare your depth to.
Use the grey scale again to compare.
3. What is your eye colour?
Colour – blue, violet, green, blue/green, olive, bronze – a few examples below
Neutral – grey, brown, brown/black – a few examples below
What are their value? Use the grey scale to compare then choose one of the following options:
Light/Medium Light/Medium/Medium deep/Deep
Putting it all together
- Eyes – colour/neutral
- Hair – colour/neutral
- Skin – colour/neutral
3 neutrals – low colour contrast – best in monochromatic outfits or all neutrals
1 colour, 2 neutrals – low to medium colour contrast – best in neutrals plus a colour
2 colours , 1 neutral – medium to medium high contrast – must wear some colour with their neutrals
3 colours – high colour contrast – best in multicoloured outfits
3 numbers similar in value – low contrast – best in all light, all medium or all dark colours
2 elements separated by half the grey scale – medium contrast – best in light and medium, or medium and dark, but if you want to do light and dark you MUST put a medium colour on too
2 elements separated by most of the grey scale – high contrast – best in dark and light together
Now this is what I call your natural contrast level. But you may choose to wear contrast levels that differ from this based on your personality.
To see example of putting together outfits that work with different value and colour contrast levels check out this post. Before you go, what is the most important sort of contrast for you?
Now which is more important for you? The question to ask yourself is what do I see first? Do I notice a coloured element or elements of my appearance, such as red hair, blue eyes, golden skin, or do I notice a the difference between my hair and skin or eyes and skin colour (the value contrast element)? Some will find they are equally important.
Other posts on contrast to help you better understand your cltimate colour contrast: