The Best Colors To Wear For Your Skin Tone

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    Finding the right color for your skin tone is apparently very difficult business. Articles will ask you to compare your skin to a season—are you a spring or a winter?— or even ask you to examine the color of veins on your wrist. As such, we wanted to cut through the nonsense and nail down the specific colors that are the most flattering. Click through for our easy guide to complimenting your skin tone, so you’ll never be caught wearing the wrong color again.

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    Jewel tones are the best way for light-skinned women to wear saturated color. Need proof? Look no farther than Jaime King’s Ulyana Sergeenko

    ​Get The Look: Narciso Rodriquez Tiered Cocktail Dress ($569)

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    Baby Blue

    A pastel with just enough pigment like Alexa Chung’s sweater looks gorgeous against pale skin. Our advice? Pair it with a red lip for a pop of color.

    ​Get The Look: MKL Collective The Candy Code Sweater ($23)

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    The classic tan color on January Jones’ Leon Max coat creates an appealing contrast against her fair skin.

    ​Get The Look: ASOS Longline Double Breasted Coat ($88)

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    Bronzed skin beauties can pull of most types of metallic, ranging from silver to copper, like Selena Gomez in this ASOS dress.

    Get The Look: Dress The Population Jaden Cut Out Dress ($195) in Copper

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    Dove Gray

    If your skin tone is similar to Jessica Alba’s, consider wearing dove gray, like her Nina Ricci ensemble. If you’ve got lighter skin, opt for a charcoal gray, and if you’ve got darker skin, a very pale gray will look best on you.

    ​Get The Look: Calvin Klein Wool-Blend Double-Breasted Pea Coat ($130)

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    PHOTO: Donato Sardella/WireImage


    Not many can wear highlighter-worthy hues, but as Lily Aldridge proved in the dress she designed for Graham & Spencer, tanned ladies have got this look in the bag.

    ​Get The Look: Lily Aldridge For Velvet by Graham & Spencer Beki Dress ($139) in Neon

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    PHOTO: Earl Gibson III/WireImage


    Bold colors like Lupita’s cobalt blue Stella McCartney dress look incredible against dark skin.

    ​Get The Look: Tory By Ronny Kobo Angelica Crossover Cutout Dress ($24)

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    PHOTO: Splash News

    Light Yellow

    Pastel colors like Naomie Harris’ light yellow Naeem Khan dress stand out against a cocoa complexion.

    ​Get The Look: Alexander Wang Racer-Back Silk-Crepe Dress ($243)

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    PHOTO: KCS Presse / Splash News


    According to, ruby red like Rihanna’s Dior coat is the perfect color to “defeat ashy skin syndrome.”

    ​Get The Look: Ainea Red Faux Fur Altea Coat ($725)

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Angelica Crossover Cutout Dress

Angelica Crossover Cutout Dress

Tory By Ronny Kobo, $24
Racer-Back Silk-Crepe Dress

Racer-Back Silk-Crepe Dress

Alexander Wang, $243
Red Faux Fur Altea Coat

Red Faux Fur Altea Coat

Ainea, $725
Jaden Cut Out Dress

Jaden Cut Out Dress

Dress The Population, $195
Beki Dress

Beki Dress

Lily Aldridge For Velvet by Graham & Spencer, $139
Wool-Blend Double-Breasted Pea Coat

Wool-Blend Double-Breasted Pea Coat

Calvin Klein, $130
Longline Double Breasted Coat

Longline Double Breasted Coat

ASOS, $88
Tiered Cocktail Dress

Tiered Cocktail Dress

Narciso Rodriquez, $569
The Candy Code Sweater

The Candy Code Sweater

MKL Collective, $23
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