I get it, one of the first things clients say to me is your going to tell me I cant wear black! Well firstly I never tell anyone they cant wear a colour, that’s up to you. But yes sadly for some black doesn’t give the same love back.
Deeps, Cools and Clears will all have Black in their wallets; it’s a really useful neutral. I give Lights, Warms and Softs ‘alternative’ Blacks such as Light Navy, Chocolate, Charcoal and Medium Grey (to name but a few). Depending on your palette, you can combine these neutrals with others tonally, or in contrast with other shades.
If this still isn’t doing it for you and you have a big ‘Black’ hole in your life, then like I said I don’t say no. In fact I never tell anyone that they cannot wear a certain colour I just show them how to wear it.
Little adjustments can make the biggest difference. A neckline for instance. A v-neck is much more flattering than a crew neck, as the black isn’t directly under your chin so it will not reflect dark, ugly shadows upwards across your face. Consider fabric; wool absorbs light whereas satin bounces the light making black seem even stronger. Therefore opt for light absorbing fabrics and even ‘washed’ black.
Of course the best way to ‘rescue’ your black, is to combine it with one of your flattering colours, worn next to your face. Lights should keep this secondary shade, light and delicate (eg. Mint). Warms should aim to ‘warm up’ their black up (eg. Lime) and Softs should aim to soften it (eg. Soft Violet).
I also suggest that you consider your jewellery. Cool skin tones should opt for Silver, Warm skin tones should opt for Gold. If you aren’t particularly cool or warm, try pewter or rose gold.
Finally, make sure you’re wearing a fabulous lipstick in a shade that flatters. All of the colour me beautiful lipsticks I use are categorised into palettes so it is easy to select your perfect colour.
If you would like to find out more about your colouring, and yes see if black really is one of your colours then get in touch. I love nothing more than showing clients their wow colours, and I assure you by the time I’m finished you wont even be thinking about black!