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How to Choose Colors of Bridesmaid Dresses Through Your Skin Tones and Undertones

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Are you struggling to choose the color of the bridesmaid dresses to attend your bestie's wedding? In fact, a key factor in being your ideal bridesmaid dress lies in your skin tone and undertones. In this article, we will delve into the world of color theory to uncover the secrets of how to choose the perfect color, opening up a treasure trove that will allow you to choose bridesmaid dresses that harmonize perfectly with your unique skin tone. Of course, the colors chosen should also match the wedding canvas, allowing you to complement the vision and beauty of the bride with an elegant presence.

Of course, there are no "rules" to fashion. You can wear any color you like, and we bet you'll look great in it. As stylist Cristina Ehrlich (who works with Mandy Moore, Laura Dern, and Natasha Lyonne) says, "Color is the number one most important thing to me when it comes to styling; it's what makes my service unique." So what we want to do is help you determine which colors are best for your particular skin tone so you can radiate light and beauty from the inside out at your BFF's wedding.

Take just a few minutes to read and you will learn how to pick out the fantastic bridesmaid dresses for yourself that suit your skin tone and undertones.

Definition of Skin Tones and Undertones

  • Skin Tones

Skin tones

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Skin tones refer to the natural color and shade of a woman’s surface skin. It is determined by the amount and type of pigment, primarily melanin, present in the skin. According to the Fitzpatrick scale, skin tones can be classified into the following six categories.

 

How to Determine:

Your skin tone can be observed by examining your jawline, as this area is usually less affected by changes in skin color than other areas of your face. Before examining it, look for natural sunlight and examine your cleaned jawline area in natural sunlight. Look at this area through a mirror and then compare it to the Fitzpatrick scale to try to determine which skin tone you fall into.

  • Skin Undertones

Skin Undertones

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Undertones are subtle hues that lie beneath the surface of the skin, giving it a specific tint. They are determined by the underlying colors present in the skin, such as the presence of pink, red, blue, yellow, or peach undertones. And they can be are separate from the actual skin tone and are categorized into three main types: cool, warm, and neutral.

 

How to Determine:

Vein test: Turn over your forearm and look at the color of your veins in natural light.

  1. If your veins are blue-toned or purple-toned, then you may have a cool undertone.
  2. If your vein color is both blue and green tones, then you may have a neutral undertone.
  3. If the color of your veins is green or olive tones, then you may have a warm undertone.

Find the Ideal Color Palette of Bridesmaid Dress for Your Skin Tone and Undertone

Different skin tones and undertones can be combined to create different skin tones, so what color bridesmaid dresses do they suit respectively? The answer is here. Skin with cool undertones is usually suitable for cool and neutral-toned bridesmaid dresses, but some warm-toned bridesmaid dresses are also suitable. Skin with neutral undertones is suitable for cool, neutral and warm-toned bridesmaid dresses. Warm undertones usually suit warm and neutral toned dresses, but there may be some suitable cool colored bridesmaid dresses as well.

For skin with the same undertones, different skin tones may result in slightly different colors of bridesmaid dresses that are suitable for women. Next, we will reveal the bridesmaid dress colors that are suitable for different skin tones and undertones respectively.

Cool Undertones with Different Skin Tones

1. Cool Undertones with Type 1&2 Skin Tones

If you have a cool undertone with light, pale white, white, or fair skin tone, it is worth considering the following shades when choosing bridesmaid dresses:

  • Cool pastels: Dusty pink, lilac, mint green, and powder blue.

Cool pastels

  • Cool jewel tones: Sapphire blue, emerald green, and amethyst purple.

Cool jewel tones

  • Soft and cool neutrals: Silver gray, light gray, and soft ivory.

Soft and cool neutrals

  • Cool metallics: Silver and platinum.

Cool metallics

2. Cool Undertones with Type 3&4 Skin Tones

If you have a cool undertone with medium, white to olive, olive, or moderate bown skin tone, these colors can be consider for your bridesmaid dress:

  • Cool jewel tones: Sapphire blue, emerald green, and amethyst purple.

Cool jewel tones

  • Cool and soft neutrals or pinks: Silver gray, black, dusty rose, and soft lavender.

 Cool and soft neutrals or pinks

  • Cool pastels: Light blue and lavender gray.

Cool pastels

  • Cool metallics: Platinum and silver.

Cool metallics

3. Cool Undertones with Type 5&6 Skin Tones

If you have a cool undertone with brown, dark brown, black, or very dark brown skin tone, there are several colors that can complement and enhance your complexion as follows:

  • Jewel tones: Cobalt Blue; deep purple like plum, eggplant, or aubergine; and emerald green.

Jewel tones

  • Cool neutrals: Silver gray and black.

Cool neutrals

  • Cool pastels: Periwinkle blue, dusty pink, mauve, and soft lavender.

Cool pastels

  • Cool metallics: Platinum and silver.

Cool metallics

Neutral Undertones with Different Skin Tones

1. Neutral Undertones with Type 1&2 Skin Tones

If you have a neutral undertone with light, pale white, white, or fair skin tone, it is worth considering the following shades when choosing bridesmaid dresses:

  • Soft pastels: Blush pink, soft peach, light mint, and sky blue.

Soft pastels

  • Classic neutrals: Ivory, light gray, soft beige, and nude, and black.

Classic neutrals

  • Light and bright colors: Lavender, light coral, light yellow, and mint green.

Light and bright colors

  • Metallics: Rose gold and champagne.

Metallics

2. Neutral Undertones with Type 3&4 Skin Tones

If you have a neutral undertone with medium, white to olive, olive, or moderate bown skin tone, these colors can be consider for your bridesmaid dress:

  • Earthy tones: Warm browns like caramel, chestnut, or rich chocolate; camel; terracotta

Earthy tones

  • Soft and cool neutrals: Dove gray, soft taupe, mushroom gray, and black.

Soft and cool neutrals

  • Jewel tones: Deep emerald, olive green, sapphire blue, and burgundy.

Jewel tones

  • Metallics: Silver and bronze.

Metallics

  • Pink tones: Blush pink and dusty rose.

 Pink tones

3. Neutral Undertones with Type 5&6 Skin Tones

If you have a neutral undertone with brown, dark brown, black, or very dark brown skin tone, there are several colors that can complement and enhance your complexion as follows:

  • Rich jewel tones: Deep burgundy, navy blue, plum.

Rich jewel tones

  • Warm neutrals: Chocolate brown, taupe, and camel.

Warm neutrals

  • Cool neutrals: Charcoal gray, silver, dusty lavender, and black.

Cool neutrals

  • Metallics: Gold and bronze.

Metallics

Warm Undertones with Different Skin Tones

1. Warm Undertones with Type 1&2 Skin Tones

If you have a warm undertone with light, pale white, white, or fair skin tone, it is worth considering the following shades when choosing bridesmaid dresses:

  • Earthy and warm neutrals: Ivory, cream, champagne, taupe, and black.

Earthy and warm neutrals

  • Warm jewel tones: Warm reds like coral, terracotta, or brick; warm greens like olive, moss, or sage; deep yellows like burnt orange, mustard or sunflower.

Warm jewel tones

  • Warm metallics: Gold and copper.

Warm metallics

2. Warm Undertones with Type 3&4 Skin Tones

If you have a warm undertone with medium, white to olive, olive, or moderate bown skin tone, these colors can be consider for your bridesmaid dress:

  • Warm brown tones: chocolate, espresso, mocha, and terracotta,.

Warm brown tones

  • Jewel tones: Emerald green; royal blue; deep reds like burgundy, maroon, terracotta, or wine.

Jewel tones

  • Warm neutrals: Camel, champagne, taupe, and black.

Warm neutrals

  • Warm metallics: Gold and copper.

Warm metallics

3. Warm Undertones with Type 5&6 Skin Tones

If you have a warm undertone with brown, dark brown, black, or very dark brown skin tone, there are several colors that can complement and enhance your complexion as follows:

  • Jewel tones: Deep purple like plum, eggplant, or aubergine; emerald green; royal blue.

Jewel tones

  • Warm reds and oranges: Deep reds like burgundy, maroon, or wine; burnt orange.

Warm reds and oranges

  • Earthy and neutral tones: Warm browns like chocolate, espresso, or mocha; taupe; cream; black.

Earthy and neutral tones

  • Metallics: Gold and bronze.

Metallics

Summary of Bridesmaid Dress Colors for Your Skin Tone and Undertone

The aesthetic secrets of bridesmaid dress colors have been revealed with our guide on choosing bridesmaid dress colors based on skin tone and undertones. From warm tones that ignite fiery elegance to cool tones that exude allure and seduction, we've got you covered. The right bridesmaid dress colors will make you the epitome of sophistication and glamour, as they are colors that complement your skin tone. I am confident that as you read through this article, you will find a color palette that coordinates with your unique glow and your friend’s wedding theme.

FAQs

What’s One Shade That’s Pretty Universally Flattering (A Good Choice for Bridesmaid Dresses, for Example)?

You can choose neutral color bridesmaid dresses for your bridesmaids. A little black dresses look great on everyone. Or consider champagne, taupe or blush for the bridesmaid dresses for your bridesmaids.

What Color Bridesmaid Dresses Make Bride Stand Out?

Neutral colors such as nudes and creams. Neutral colors, if matched properly, can bring elegance to your wedding, making your wedding dress stand out and making you more beautiful.

What Colors Don't Look Good on Pale Skin?

Try to avoid light, pastel shades, white on their own, as it may make you appear duller and paler than you are and make little contrast to your skin. Keep away from black as it may contrast too harshly.

What If My Bridesmaids Have Different Preferences for Dress Colors?

It's important to have open communication with your bridesmaids and consider their preferences. If they have different color preferences, you can explore options like a color palette or allowing each bridesmaid to choose a shade within a specific color family.

Can I Incorporate Patterns or Prints into the Bridesmaid Dresses?

Yes, incorporating patterns or prints can add visual interest and dimension to the bridesmaid dresses. Look for patterns that incorporate colors suitable for your bridesmaids' skin undertones to ensure a cohesive and flattering look.

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