Prom evening is your time to shine, and by choosing the right color for your prom dresses and ensemble, you can make not only your figure and your dress look glorious, but also your face, skin and hair as well. Use your skin’s natural hues to affect the dress color that you choose. A dress which matches your skin’s natural tone will make you appear more charming and glowing, while the wrong color will make you look sallow, sleep-deprived or pale.
Determining Your Skin Tone
Before choosing your prom dress color, you must know your skin tone firstly! Skin tones are mainly made up of two main categories: cool and warm. People with cool tones have pinkish-blue undertones to their skin, while those with warm tones have golden undertones. The easiest way to determine which color you belong to is to wash all makeup from your face, then alternately hold silver and gold foil up to your face. The right metal will make your face appear glowing and healthy, while the wrong color will make your skin look grayish and washed out. Silver looks best on skin with cool tones, and gold looks best on warm tones.
Season – after determining the skin tone, you need to find what season you belong.
- Winter complexions – Individuals with winter complexions are those that have pale white or yellowish-olive skin. Most of them they have brown or black hair and have dark eyes. Summer complexions which also belong to winter complexions have pink or blue undertones and they are blond or brunettes and have light colored eyes.
- Autumn complexions – These are individuals with golden undertones. They have dark, ivory or golden brown skin and they are brunettes and they have brown eyes. Individual with spring skin tones are those who have suntanned skin, creamy ivory and freckled pink skins. They have green or blue eyes and have light red or strawberry blond hairs.
Colors for Winter Tones
Winter complexioned girls have a lot of choices when it comes to choosing the best prom dress colors; winter skin tones tend to look best in intense, rich colors such as navy blue, crimson, hot pink and black, but lighter colors such as bright white or fluorescent pastels look great too. Winter complexioned girls should avoid prom dresses in earth tones, which may make them look pale or sallow.
Colors for Summer Tones
Summer skin tones look most fantastic in cool, muted colors and pastels such as baby blue, rose, lavender, plum and even pale yellow. Intense, harshly contrasting colors and earth tones tend to make summer skin tones look washed out.
Colors for Spring Tones
Girls with spring skin tones tend to look best in prom dresses with pale, soft colors such as camel, yellow, ivory, kelly green, coral and sky or aqua blues. Spring complexioned girls should avoid dresses with colors that are too harsh and contrasting, such as black, stark white and dark brown. Girls with spring complexions look stunning in the kind of flowing, soft floral patterned fabrics and soft pastels which are popular this season.
Colors for Autumn Tones
Girls with autumn skin tones should look for prom dresses in rich, earthy or spicy colors such as olive orange, gold, rust red, dark brown or a rich gray. Autumn colors always work well on skin with autumn tones, but prom dresses in excessively bright colors and blue tones should be avoided.