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Love Your Skin Tone

We all want to look perfect on our wedding day- that perfect colour, that perfect design, and that perfect outfit which will make us look as wonderful outside as we feel on the inside. A day where we can celebrate the momentous rite of passage which we have long been dreaming of. All eyes will be on you and it’s only natural to want to look like a million dollars. So I bet you’re thinking, “How do I find that perfect dress? It looked great on the mannequin but, hey, this dress just isn’t me. What am I doing wrong?” Well, there actually IS a way to chose colours and designs that will make you look more spectacular than you ever have before, and it’s simpler than you think.

We caught up with clothing expert and style guru Sucheta Mittra for some much needed advice, and trust us when we say, her tips should be followed like gospel! Her chief words of wisdom? “Get to know your skin tone, and that’s half the battle won.” 

“Every single skin tone is extremely beautiful and can be highlighted in their own way.” says Sucheta, “We can broadly categorize them as fair, neutral and dusky, although there are several shades in each category. Focus on this the most as the outfit you choose is meant to highlight and frame your face and beauty. If the outfit distracts from your features, then it won’t look as good, even if it looks great on the mannequin.”

“Neutral skin,” she continues, “goes with pretty much any colour outfit as the designers keep a neutral tone in mind when creating outfits.”

She suggests that fairer skin tones work with brighter shades, and duskier skin tones work with more muted shades, no matter the colour. One must never think that a colour “doesn’t suit them”, but should rather look for a shade or tone on the colour wheel. Giving us the example of yellows, Sucheta suggests that a fairer skin would be suited to a bright yellow, while a muted mustard shade would make dusky skin glow. They’re both different shades of yellow and you can see a huge difference when you try them on.

So the golden advice one should follow is to mute the colours more towards your skin tone. Try to understand your skin tone rather than the clothing colour & match it accordingly.

Another example Sucheta gave us was how White is another colour which suits everyone. But again, keeping in mind the different shades of skin tones, she advises that darker skin works with Ivory colours, while fairer skin works well with a Stark White. “There are endless varieties of shades in each colour, all one has to do is look!” she says. So follow same formula for all colours and go through the different shades. Learn about your skin and which tones work best for you through trials.

Here is a quick guide to choosing the perfect shades for your dream outfit.

  • Trendy colours of the season can be muted and duller for dusky skin and brighter for fair skin.
  • Mineral and Earthy tones match both fair and dusky complexions, but usually look much better on darker skin. People who are fairer can look a bit washed out and pale if the colour is too Earthy as their skin does not have as rich a colouring as those dusky beauties. 
  • However, pastels look better on fairer skin tones than earthy colours as it blends well and accentuates your features. Wear louder makeup to enhance your features if you go for a pastel shade. 
  • The safest colours for any skin tone are 

Emerald 

Coral – Slightly more pinkish for dusky and more blush tones for fair

Black is a true classic and makes everyone look great

Royal Blue – Cobalt shades for fair & Mineral version for dusky.

Red and deep medium reds suit EVERY skin tone and we can understand why this is the most chosen colour for Indian weddings.

  • Go for heavy embroidery.

Bright gold embroidery throughout the piece will bring a glow to fairest skins whereas classic toned down Antique gold embroidery works like magic for dusky complexions. (toned down like a Sabya design)

  • Use prints as they better than singular bright colours. A lehenga which has print work running throughout the ensemble usually has one bright colour that dominates the print design, but is balanced out by the different complementary shades that go with it. Team mineral tones on top with antique gold embroidery dupatta if the prints are very colourful.
  • Still want to wear a bold and bright colour even though it might not suit your skin tone? Well we have a solution for that too. If you absolutely MUST wear your favourite colour but it clashed with your skin, then the bottom half of your lehenga can be bright as it won’t steal focus from your face. The top colour should be matched to skin tone. 

So there you have it! There IS a simple way to find the perfect colours for you after all. Once you have tried on your favourite colours using our expert’s golden rules and guidance to choose your shades, you’ll be an expert at styling yourself in no no time!

Sucheta has worked with several noteworthy brands and her work truly speaks for itself. Check some of it out here at http://bit.ly/2kJn9bN

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