When Colors Work Wonders

By Sarita Coren, Edible Facial
November 19, 2012 12:15 pm Last Updated: November 22, 2012 5:33 am
Christa B. Allen wears a brick-red lipstick and the perfect dress to complement her Autumn coloring. (Valerie Macon/Getty Images)

The celebrities in these photographs knew how to pick the right colors to suit their complexions.

We asked Lora Alexander, professional image consultant and makeup artist, to weigh in on what makes these looks work so well.

In her line of work, Alexander helps people choose their most flattering colors based on Color Theory Analysis made popular in the 1980s. This system categorizes colors into the four seasons of Winter, Spring, Summer, and Autumn.

Later on, color analysts found that system was limited and created a 12-season color theory, as well as a 16-season color theory—both of which evaluate a color’s hue or tint; and value, a gradation of tone from light to dark. The 16-season color theory includes chroma, a color’s white or gray saturation.

Julianne Hough's peach gown and coordinating makeup bring out her gorgeous Spring coloring. (Jason Merritt/Getty Images)







Marcia Cross earns top scores for wearing the right shade of Warm Autumn colors, and her makeup and hair is always right. (Alberto E. Rodriguez/ Getty Images)







Ivory clothing with light makeup and hair color suit Taylor Swift's natural Light Spring looks. (Michael Buckner/Getty Images)










Salma Hayek worked this great Deep Winter look at the 77th Academy Awards. (Carlo Allegri/Getty Images)












The soft pinks of Sarah Jessica Parker's jacket, lips, and blush bring out her smoky gray eyes. She has a tan, but Soft Summers do often have some obvious warmth to them and get mistaken for Soft Autumns a lot of times. (Peter Kramer/Getty Images)







Gisele Bundchen has on Soft Autumn makeup colors that work with her natural glow. (Peter Kramer/Getty Images)










Kate Hudson is a Light Spring, and her hair and makeup in this picture look perfect. (Mark Mainz/Getty Images)





These theories further subdivide the color seasons into deep, light, soft, warm, cool, and clear. Alexander writes on her website Pretty Your World: “Sure, you CAN wear whatever color you want to. But if you want to look YOUR BEST, you’ll want to wear colors that harmonize with your natural coloring. It’s really that simple.”

We have found Alexander’s advice right on target. All comments in the photo captions are hers.





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