If you grew up looking to your mother for style wisdom, then at one point she likely told you that a certain color was simply not good for your skin tone. In 2018, this way of viewing fashion might seem a bit outdated, but the truth remains that there are colors out there that do flatter you more than others.
As it turns out, there are a few colors that are universally flattering, no matter your skin or hair type. Real Simple tapped into the ultimate say on all things color-related: the Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute, Leatrice Eiseman. She shared the four colors that she thinks look good on everyone.
“Certain colors flatter all skin tones and hair colors because they provide an equal balance of warm and cool,” Eiseman says. So which tones are the magic ones that suit us all?
Scroll down to see them in action!
Blush is a universally flattering shade that also happens to bring out the natural flush in your face, no matter your skin tone.
WHO: Irina Lakicevic
WEAR: Céline shoes
WHO: Giovanna Battaglia Engelbert
WEAR: Prada shoes; Gabriela Hearst bag
WHO: Carolina Issa
WEAR: Ayede shoes; Roksanda bag
Eggplant is such a versatile shade, Eiseman says, that it can take the place of a more classic neutral in your wardrobe. This makes it easier for you to start introducing a little more color without going overboard.
WHO: Diletta Bonaiuti
WHO: Evangelie Smyrniotaki
Ah, red. This classic shade complements every skin tone on the spectrum, plus it’s great street style photographer bait—if you’re into that.
WHO: Julia Sarr-Jamois
WHO: Teddy Quinlivan
Teal can be a tough color to start introducing into your wardrobe; the trick is wearing it in ways that feel comfortable to you. Or take a page from the Man Repeller’s book and mix it up with contrasting colors like red.
WHO: Pandora Sykes
WHO: Emily Ratajkowski
What color do you think looks best on you? Share in the comments below!
This post has been updated by Anna LaPlaca.