How to Select Clothing Colors That Complement Red Hair and Light Eyes

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Enhance your beauty by dressing in clothes that best complement your coloring. Build a wardrobe around colors that celebrate your features and make getting ready in the morning fun and simple.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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  • Women's Casual Tops
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Instructions

  1. 1

    Begin your journey into personal color by divorcing yourself from your favorite colors and whatever colors currently reside in your closet.

  2. 2

    Look at your hair in the mirror. Are you a strawberry blonde? A true redhead? Or do you have coppery or auburn red hair?

  3. 3

    Remove all traces of makeup.

  4. 4

    Look at your eyes in the mirror. Are they clear blue or green, or a more pale shade? Perhaps they're hazel or amber.

  5. 5

    Check your skin's undertones. Do you see more golden, peachy or beige hues?

  6. 6

    Choose earth tones if you are a true redhead or have coppery or auburn red hair, and if you have green, hazel, amber or clear blue eyes, and golden undertones to your skin. Look for browns, tans, soft yellow greens, oranges, orange reds, muted golds and light camels. Grays, navys, taupes, purples and pinks will render your complexion sallow. Wear black for pants or skirts only.

  7. 7

    Choose ivory, apricot, tan, beige, medium browns, violet blues, peachy pinks, clear aquas and golden yellows if you have strawberry blonde or light auburn hair, clear blue or green eyes, and peach or golden undertones to your skin. Marine blue and warm grays will work well for you, but black and wine will render you sallow.

  8. 8

    Go shopping. You're armed with personally empowering information, so get out there and use it!

  9. 9

    Try on colors that you've determined to be well suited to your coloring. Step out of the dressing room into light that is as close to daylight as possible, and ask a friend or sales associate for an opinion.

  10. 10

    Look at yourself against a white or off-white background for an undistorted view of the color.

Tips and warnings

  • Experiment. There are a million colors out there; if you're unsure which one is right for you, try it on and get a few opinions.
  • Color blind? Find someone you trust, give her your list of colors and have her help you select the shades most complementary for you.
  • If you find a color you like that is outside of your range, consider it for pants or a skirt. Keep it far away from your face.

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