Picking the Right Colors for your Skin Tone


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.


Take this quiz!



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

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Neons, yellows, reds



Cool Skin Tone Color Options:

Emerald, Ocean Blue, Purple, Lavender, and brighter warm colors like Cherry Red

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Orange and Yellow

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