What's your version of red?

Red comes in many varieties and some of those might make you look radiant, healthy and vibrant, whereas others won't do anything for you or could even make you look tired, sick or old.

This has to do with the combination of your own colors (hair, eyes, skin tone and skin undertone) with the particular type of red that you are wearing. This is especially so if you are wearing the color close to your face.

Overall, the saturation (purity or intensity), the value (lightness or darkness) and the hue (temperature (warmth or coolness )) have to match with the saturation, value and temperature of your own colors. The specific combination of saturation, hue and value constitutes your own personal palette or 'season' and you're looking for the reds that harmonize with your season.

Let's start with value and consider the following:

Tints of red

If your natural haircolor, your skin color and your eyes are all very light, in which case you could belong to the lighter versions of summer or spring, you might want to go with lighter tints of red in your palette and might want to forego the deeper, heavier shades of red.

Shades of red

If your seasonal palette contains medium to dark tones, you can handle the deeper and darker versions of red.

It's important to note that in the above examples, temperature and saturation have not been changed. All that was done was adding white or black to the pure red. Let's have a look at what happens when we change the saturation and see the more vivid and the more muted reds.

Tones of red

The softened, toned versions of red are less intense than the tinted or shaded varieties. They go with skin, hair and eye colors that are also less saturated and are of lower contrast relative to one and another. Typically these are the soft autumns and the soft summers. The red that supports this more subtle and enigmatic color palette can't make too much noise itself, for it would detract of the subtleties in the colors of the wearer.

The opposite is true of persons with a brighter palette, such as true and bright winters or true and bright springs. They need the more intense, pure, more saturated colors, just so that the rest of them gains visibility and focus.

The next important classifier is temperature as illustrated below:

Cooler reds

If your own overall coloring is cool (you belong to one of the 3 summer types or one of the 3 winter types), you'll find that the reds that hug the pink/violet spectrum harmonize a lot more with you than the ones below which move into the orange/yellow space.

Warmer reds

The above warmer reds harmonize with persons who have peachy / yellowish / olive skin undertones and/or have a warm natural hair coloring, the 3 autumn and the 3 spring types.

Real reds

Reds in the wild are often combinations of degrees of saturation, lightness or darkness and can be cooler or warmer. Let's see some examples:

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Coral Red

Coral Red is a warmer type of red, it's saturation is medium to high and it's lightness is medium. An excellent color for the medium warmer and bright season like the true or warm spring.

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As is clear from the above, it helps a lot to know your season (warm spring , jkkk)

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