Are you having trouble picking out the best outfit for your headshot session? Or maybe you just need a little spark of creative inspiration to add the right pop to your look? You’re not the only one – one of the most time consuming parts of preparing to be photographed is deciding on the outfit you want to be captured in, so we’ve outlined how to get the process started with the most important part: picking out your colors.
We’ll start by identifying which category you fit into – warm, neutral, or cool.
The vein test
Around your wrist and palm area, check your veins. If they appear greenish, then you have a warm skin tone. If they are clearly blue then you have a cool skin tone. If you can’t necessarily tell one way or the other, you likely are more of a neutral skin tone.
Another quick way to tell is by recalling the way your skin reacts to the sun:
Pick whichever most closely applies to you:
Tan easily: warm
Able to tan or burn: neutral
Burn easily: cool
Warm Skin Tone Color Options:
Orange, Honey, Amber, Gold, Olive, Turquoise, Cream.
Vibrant tones like deep red and indigo
Neutral Skin Tone Options:
Light and soft colors like rose, jade, gray, sky blue
Neons, yellows, reds
Cool Skin Tone Color Options:
Emerald, Ocean Blue, Purple, Lavender, and brighter warm colors like Cherry Red
Orange and Yellow