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Can I Wear Black? Yes You Can

We get it, many people love Black. Sadly for some, it doesn’t give the same love back.

Deeps, Cools and Clears will all have Black in their wallets; it’s a really useful neutral. We 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 we don’t say no. At colour me beautiful, we never tell anyone that they cannot wear a certain colour. We do however show you 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).

We also suggest that you consider the jewellry that you’re wearing. Cool skin tones should opt for Silver, Warm skin tones should opt for Gold. If you aren’t particularly cool or warm, try pewter.

Finally, make sure you’re wearing a fabulous lipstick in a shade that flatters. All of our lipsticks are categorised into palettes so it is easy to select your perfect colour.

Consultant, Lindsay Edwards is a Warm and is wearing her black very successfully in the second image.

Can I Wear Black? Yes You Can

The reason for this is:

  • It’s away from her face so that the black isn’t reflecting upwards and casting shadows
  • It absorbs the light so softens the look. A shiny fabric would wear
  • Lindsay is wearing a statement necklace with warm tones that draws the eye away from the black
  • She is wearing a fabulous warm red lipstick

During a colour analysis, we not only show you your very best 42 shades, we also teach you how to wear colour to achieve a flattering look. Get in touch with your local consultant to find out more.

Lindsay Edwards operates her business in and around Bedfordshire. You can find more about her here.