||Carson Kressley I'm a big believer that the color you wear literally can show you in a different light. For me, color more than any other aspect of clothing, has the most effect on mood. We all have our favorite colors and feel our best when we wear them, and I think skin tone plays a big part in that equation.
I absolutely love color, so the past few seasons have been a dream; however, no matter what the season, I like to wear a lot of color. Right now I think Intense Coral and Saturated Turquoise look best on me.
Color is very personal and, like all the senses, the sight of color can trigger lots of memories and emotions. I don't think there is one color that is universally great on everyone except for maybe Black, which I know is a boring answer, but always looks chic. •
Collier Strong There are few things more important than skin tone when choosing what colors to wear; not only on your body, but also on your face. I have Blue eyes and Ruddy (Pink) undertones to my skin so I look best in cool tones. So I can wear all the deep, highly pigmented PANTONE Colors ranging from 26-3-1 all the way to 100-2-1. I believe if I had to pick one color that would look good on anyone it would have to be Blue. Perhaps because it's all around us in so many shades — the sky, the sea — it's nature's perfect color. •
Jin Soon My skin tone definitely enters into my personal color choices — for both nail polish and clothing! Strong, vivid colors look best on me; colors like Black, Red and Teal. I avoid neutral pastels and faded, washed-out colors because I have a Greenish/Olive undertone to my skin. The one color that looks good on any skin tone is Navy Blue. •
Kara Ross I think skin tone enters into most people's personal fashion choices. I have light hair and fair skin so there are definitely certain colors that do not suit me (like Yellow) and others that do (Blues). I think that most people look good in Black. •
Maria Divaris My skin tone absolutely has an impact on the colors I choose to wear, as well as the colors I select to dress the models and celebrities I work with. It is always important to take into account what complements your complexion, as the wrong hue can wash you out and cast a very unfavorable light. Fortunately, there are so many shades and tonal differences available that it doesn't mean having to miss out on a hot color trend. When Red is hot on the red carpet (which it very often is), one rarely sees all the same version of Red. It generally appears in an array of shades. The Red that looks good on someone with Olive skin, like Penelope Cruz, might be a deeper Blood Red; whereas someone with a fair complexion, like Michelle Williams, might opt for a Red with Orange undertones. There is a shade suitable for all skin tones within a color trend, it just might mean looking a little harder for it.
As I am a fashion girl, I spend a lot of time in Black, White and Gray, but I do love to pop my neutral uniform with a splash of color, such as Red, Orange, Fluorescent Pink and even Yellow. I am of Greek origin so my skin is quite Olive, so when I wear color I like to make a bold choice that complements my complexion. For example, when neons are popular on the runway I love an amazing Highlighter Pink, which on a blonde might be too Barbie-like, but can be ironic and playful with my skin tone and Dark Brown hair.
There is always a hue within a color range than can complement a skin tone. A color like Yellow might be more challenging, but not impossible to find the right shade. If I had to choose a color range that universally seems to complement all skin complexions, I would have to say that Blue is an easy way go to. Whether you are Ivory or Olive or Black, I think Blue can look appealing in any of its various tones. Another color that I think is universally flattering for a bold option would be that famous shade of Valentino Red. There's a reason it has been a favorite for generations of fashionistas and the trademark colored dresses remain the most sought after for red carpets. Always chic and flattering, it is a celebrity go-to color regardless of skin tone. •
Melissa Liebling Goldberg I absolutely consider my skin tone when choosing what lies near my face. On the lower half of my body, anything goes, but you have to remember that you are creating a frame for your face with your tops, collars and jewelry. I have very pale Olive skin, so the wrong tones can make me look both sallow and washed out – quite a combination! Gold has a warming effect for my skin, so I gravitate towards a True Yellow Gold for jewelry. Cool colors tend to work better on me, and the more saturated the better! Cobalt, Kelly Green and Deep Purples all work well.
I can even do Neon Citrine and Fuchsias! My only exception is Black. It's not the most flattering color for my skin tone, but so flattering to the figure – a girl has to pick her battles! I tend to think that jewel tones work on everyone. Navy may not be the most exciting color out there, but it looks good on everyone. There's a reason it's one of the most frequently used colors for uniforms. •
Tom Bachik I would love to say no, that I'm a skin tone rebel and wear what I want when I want, but, truthfully I tend to look better in warmer toned colors. Warm tones make my skin look a bit healthier, where cooler tones, though they do make my baby blues stand out, can make me look a bit pale if I haven't had enough sun. So naturally I gravitate to what looks best on any skin tone in Hollywood – Black :) lol This may be cheating a bit, but I believe metallics can complement all skin tones. The modern take on metallic polishes has given us a very neutral palette to play with. I'm loving the Dirtied Antique Golds, Heathered Pewters and Tarnished Champaign tones, which have a more Olive base. This cools them down a bit, making them more neutral and allows these shades to be wearable on virtually all skin tones. Whether a sheer shimmer or a chunky, sparkled effect, these neutrals are the modern nude and play perfectly off this season's rich color selection to glam up any look. •
Leatrice Eiseman Absolutely, skin tone does enter into choices. We all know how a becoming color radiating into the skin can make us look healthier. As we are trying to bring out that "rosy glow" (especially on days when we are not feeling great), wearing the complement to the reds, pinks and roses in the teal or blue green family are universally flattering. Of course, any color, well-integrated into a combination can help, and women always have the "extra" help of make-up artfully applied. It would be a pretty boring world fashion-wise to choose just one color, so it is fun to experiment with many colors. •
Colleen Sherin One should always try to complement their skin tone when making personal fashion color choices. For me personally, as a fair-skinned, Hazel-eyed brunette, I tend to gravitate towards Violet hues. A vibrant shade of Pink is one color that complements almost all skin tones. •
Nicole Fischelis My fashion color of choice is not related to skin color, but to a mood, emotion and inspiration from various sources. Sometimes even unexpected places…it's not about "one color" anymore, but contrasting or opposite colors/shades that combine to create harmony amongst varying tones. •
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