1. High Value Contrast, Low Colour Contrast
Brown eyes, brown hair, neutral but fair skin, you are most likely to fall into this category.
So what should Michelle wear? You want to put together a high value contrast – so light and dark colours together, then a low colour contrast – so either all the same colour (monochromatic), or neutral and a colour but the neutral needs to relate to the colour chosen, as the brown does with the burgundy here. Michelle looks great in an all neutral outfit too, as long as her value contrast is working.
Best colour scheme: Monochromatic in a combination of deep and light
2. High Value Contrast, Low/Medium Colour Contrast
3. High Value Contrast, Medium Colour Contrast
Here is Ruby who has a high value contrast with her dark hair and light skin, but she has a medium colour contrast with her blue eyes and her blue hair, and her lovely red lips (and if you do wear red lipstick all the time this will add more colour contrast to your appearance, unless you already have pink skin like Andrea). With this combination, she needs to always wear some colour, along with her high value contrast neutrals. All neutrals will look dull, and she needs to wear one to two colours at a time as red and blue are two parts of a triad which gives her a medium colour contrast.
Best colour scheme: Dark Neutrals plus 1-2 colours
4. Low Value Contrast Medium Colour Contrast
Here is Bernadette with her stunning bright blue eyes and lovely pink lips. You can see that she ideally needs to always wear some colour. Because her value contrast is low, as there is not a big difference between the lightness and darkness of her hair, skin and eyes, she wants to wear colours that are similar in lightness or darkness, ideally at the medium to light end of the value spectrum, rather than deep, dark colours. Then her colour contrast demands colour, but not too much at once, one to two colours with her neutrals.
Best colour scheme: Light neutrals plus 1-2 colours
5. Medium Value Contrast, Medium High Colour Contrast
This is Toni, who has blue eyes, and strawberry blonde hair, giving her a medium high colour contrast. Her eyes are a darker blue which means that with her fair skin and hair, she has a medium value contrast. So as someone with lighter colouring overall, she’s better wearing the light to medium value colours together, rather than too many deep or dark colours. Then she needs to wear at least 2 colours with her neutrals, an easy way to do this is with multi-coloured patterns.
Best colour scheme: Light/Medium neutrals plus 2 or more colours in triads are good
6. High Value Contrast, Low Colour Contrast
Sue is similar to Michelle and has a high value contrast with her fair skin and dark hair and eyes, but a low colour contrast as she is not an obviously ‘coloured’ person. She will best wear either monochromatic colours schemes in a high value contrast, or wear head to toe neutrals, also in a high value contrast. As she is overall darker in value, she’s best to wear more darker rather than lighter colours, and add the contrast with small amounts of light colours.
Best colour scheme: Monochromatic or all neutral.
7. Medium Value Contrast and Low Medium Colour Contrast
Julie has neutral hair (grey) and skin, her eyes are a mid olive colour, which gives her a medium value contrast and a low/medium colour contrast. Depending what she’s wearing, her eyes can appear more neutral and brown, or more green (when she wears green). She’s ideally suited to wear overall lighter colours, and add her contrast with pops of medium darker colours.
Best colour scheme: Lighter neutrals plus a medium colour.
8. Medium Value, Low/Medium Colour Contrast
Here is Sue (yes another one) and she too is similar to Julie, with a medium value contrast and low/medium (1 colour) colour contrast. Notice how Sue’s eyebrows are still dark, even though her hair has gone silver? This along with her medium coloured blue eyes keeps her value contrast medium rather than low. As she has one colour naturally on her face, she’s best wearing some colour, rather than all neutrals. Sue is also better overall in lighter colours, as her overall value is light. As long as she chooses to play up her beautiful berry lips with lipstick, then adding small amounts of a second colour will work for her too.
Best colour scheme: Light/Medium Neutrals plus a colour or two maximum
9. Medium Value Contrast, High Colour Contrast
Bonnie has blue eyes and a red-orange hair colour which is what you notice first about her – it’s the colour, so she has a high colour contrast. Her Value contrast is only medium as her skin isn’t super fair and her hair is only a medium dark colour. She will ideally wear multiple colours together with only one neutral in an outfit at a time. Colour is her best friend!
Best colour scheme: Complementary or Triadic
10. Low Value Contrast, Low/Medium Colour Contrast
Best colour scheme – dark neutrals with one colour
11. Medium Value Contrast/Low Medium Colour Contrast
Here is Phyllis with an African skin which is medium dark, with those lovely dark eyes, but her hair has gone grey and is lightening up, so currently she has a medium value contrast but as her hair goes white that value contrast will get higher and higher until she is a high value contrast.
Her hair and eyes are both neutral and skin has some colour, so she is low/medium colour contrast and will.
Best colour scheme – Dark neutral plus medium neutral with 1 colour.
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