The Vein Test

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THE VEIN TEST

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THE VEIN TEST

Knowing how to find skin tone is a good way of working out which colours suit you - or the model you will be working with. 

Different skin tones (not types) are classed as Cool, Warm  or Neutral.

The simplest test you can do is to look at the colour of the model's veins at the wrist.

COOL

Blue coloured veins - Cool tones

(Blue / Purple veins - Cool tones)

WARM

Green coloured veins  - Warm tones

(Green / Olive veins - Warm tones)

NEUTRAL

A combination of the above

Blue / Green veins - Neutral tones

Blue / Olive veins - Neutral tones

Green / Purple veins  - Neutral tones

Purple / Olive veins - Neutral tones

 

 COOL

 
 Blue - Cool

Blue - Cool

 Blue / Purple - Cool

Blue / Purple - Cool

 

WARM

 
 Green - Warm

Green - Warm

 Green / Olive - Warm

Green / Olive - Warm

 

NEUTRAL

 
 Blue / Green - Neutral

Blue / Green - Neutral

 Blue / Green / Purple / Olive - Neutral

Blue / Green / Purple / Olive - Neutral

 

 

How does knowing if you are Cool, Warm or Neutral help you?

IT IS ALL DOWN TO COLOUR CHOICES

Cool tones - Clear hues, dark & light colours, ice colours, blue pinks, blue reds.

Warm tones - Warm hues, orange reds, pink oranges, creams

Neutral - Almost any colour suits this skin tone.

 

SEE THE SEASONAL COLOUR WHEELS BELOW

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THE SEASONS

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These colour charts are divided into the four seasons to show which colours suit which skin tone.

Spring - Warm Tones

Summer - Cool Tones

Autumn - Warm Tones

Winter - Cool Tones

SPRING COLOUR

Warm Tones

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The colours a Spring tone can wear are warm.

(STAY AWAY FROM DARK COLOURS)

 

Red: 

True/clear red, scarlet, poppy, imperial, Persian, Ferrari. 

Yellow:

Warm yellow, cyber yellow, bumblebee yellow - use bright yellow for accessories (bags, belts, hat trims)

Pink:

Salmon pink, peachy pink, apricot pink, coral pink, lavender pink, brick pink, punch pink, flamingo pink

Blue:

Light blue, light navy, bright blue, royal blue, sky blue, air force blue, Turkish blue, maya blue, cornflower blue,          olympic blue, Sapphire blue, Azure Blue, Egyptian blue, Yale blue, Space blue, clear blue, aqua (all shades), clear turquoise.

Purple:

Medium violet, periwinkle violet, lollipop violet, fandango, Mulberry violet, lilac violet.

Orange:

Red/orange, bright coral, light orange, pinkish orange.

Green: 

Clear green, Jade, bright green, blue green, yellow green (lime), jungle green, mint green, pine green, emerald green, Kelly green.

White:

Cream white, ivory, vintage white, off white.

 

Black: 

Nope.

Grey:

Light/clear grey, pearl river.

Brown:

Chocolate browns (not too dark), light browns, warm browns, golden browns, camel, cinnamon, tawny, tortilla, syrup brown, gingerbread brown, caramel, pecan, russet brown. 

Bronze:

Warm bronze, metallic bronze

Silver: 

Not great

Gold:

Warm gold, brushed gold, clear gold, yellow gold.

 

SUMMER COLOUR

Cool Tones

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The colours a Summer tone can wear are cool.

(Pastel colours, soft, blues / pinks)

 

Red:

Blue tone reds, watermelon.

Yellow:

Pastel yellow, Light yellow, light lemon.

Pink:

Rose pink, pastel pink, pink with blue undertones,    deep rose, muted/powdered fuchsia.

Blue:

Most blues, turquoise, light aqua - medium aqua, grey navy, soft navy. (Not royal, or Chinese blue.)

Purple:

Blue purple, cool toned purple, pastel purple, lavender, mauve, plum, burgundy, raspberry, maroon, 

Orange:

Coral, pastel orange. (Not pure orange, or orange reds.)

Green:

Blue greens, pastel green, deep greens.

White:

Soft white. (Not pure white.)

Black:

Nope.

 

Grey:

Very light blue grey, pastel grey, soft charcoal.

Brown:

Brown beige, rose tone brown, cocoa brown. (Not yellow beige, grey beige or black browns.)

Bronze:

Flat bronze

Silver:

Pastel silver, clear silver.

Gold:

Nope

 

AUTUMN COLOUR

Warm Tones

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The colours an Autumn tone can wear are warm.

(Muted or clear tones)

 

Red: 

True/clear red, orange red, Ferrari, scarlet, poppy, Persian, barn red, salmon, imperial, chilli, Indian red, fire brick, crimson, mahogany, sangria.

Yellow:

Yellow/yellow, warm yellow, gold yellow, orange yellow, cyber, royal, Tuscany, mustard, flax, peach, cream, laguna, ecru, corn, pineapple, flaxen, eggnog, sepia.

Pink:

Salmon pink, peachy pink, apricot pink, coral pink

Blue:

Deep blues, Turkish blue, olympic blue, deep Sapphire blue, Azure, Egyptian, Yale, clear turquoise.

Purple:

Nope

Orange:

Orange/orange, gold, red/orange, bright coral, golden rod, pumpkin, fire, ochre, amber, Dijon, tangerine, tiger, honey, carrot, apricot, bronze, cider, clay, rust, amber, spice, burnt orange, 

Green: 

Clear green, bright green, forest green, sage, olive, lime, hunter, Jade, artichoke, chartreuse, fern, jungle, laurel, moss, mint, pine, tea, army, emerald, Kelly, Sacramento & sea green.

White:

Cream white, vintage white, off white, cornsilk, old lace, seashell, floral, linen, ivory, oyster, beige, parchment, antique white, champagne, eggshell, Dutch white, bone, vanilla, flax, Navajo white & alabaster. 

 

Black: 

Nope

Grey:

Beige grey & warm grey.

Brown:

Chocolate browns, light browns, warm browns,, cedar, cinnamon,  brunette, tawny, umber, tortilla, syrup, gingerbread, caramel, walnut, pecan, wood, hickory, espresso, peanut, mocha, coffee, russet, bronze, golden browns & camel. 

Bronze:

Warm bronze, metallic bronze, dark bronze, medium bronze, light bronze & champagne bronze. 

Silver: 

Warm silver & silver pink. 

Gold:

Golden fleece, sunset gold, golden yellow, gold earth, nugget gold,  golden palm, warm gold, brushed gold, clear gold, yellow gold, Pale marigold, golden rod, old gold, golden olive, mustard gold & dull gold.

 

WINTER COLOUR

Cool Tones

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The colours a Winter tone can wear are cool.

(clear, ice, dark colours - including black!!)

 

Red: 

Red/red, blue/reds, burgundy, U.S. flag, carmine, fire brick, raspberry, carmine, sangria, mahogany & bright burgundy.

Yellow:

Clean yellow, Lemon yellow & ice yellow.

Pink:

Pink/pink, Blue/pink, french rose, magenta, fuchsia, thulian, ultra, ruby, cerise, ice pink (not pastel), rose pink, creamy, fuchsia, carnation, brick, amaranth, taffy, bubble gum, hot pink, punch & lemonade

Blue:

Blue/blues, delft blue, bright blue, royal blue, ice blue (not pastel), Alice blue, denim blue, air force, pigeon, independence, navy blue (light&dark), steel, Carolina, Turkish, olympic, Sapphire, Azure, Egyptian, Yale, Space, Prussian, clear, aqua (all shades) & clear turquoise.

Purple:

Pure royal purple, grape violet, mauve violet, Mulberry violet, thistle violet, ice violet (not pastel).

Orange:

Nope.

Green: 

Green/green, jade green, jungle green, pine green, emerald green, Kelly green, Sacramento (almost black green), tea green & iced green (not pastel).

 

White:

White/white, off white, snow white, vintage white, silver white, baby powder, white smoke, honeydew white, mint cream, Azure white, Alice blue & ghost white.

Black: 

Absolutely!

Grey:

All greys from light through to charcoal.

Grey, fossil, mink, pearl river, Abalone, harbour grey, smoke, thunder, pewter, steel, stone, iron, rhino, trout, seal, lava, shadow, ash, anchor & charcoal. 

Brown:

Dark/black browns, cedar, brunette, chocolate, umber, walnut, hickory, mocha, coffee (without milk). 

Bronze:

Nope.

Silver: 

All silver & ice silver

Gold:

Nope.

 
 
 Hello & welcome to the Fashion Stylist's Handbook blog. I’ve put together a whole heap of information for you to look through and devour. A lot of it you’ll find in my book, but this blog lets me delve further into the subject of fashion styling. I hope you enjoy what you find and that it’s useful.  I first wrote  Fashion Stylist's Handbook  to help young stylists who were starting off in the industry understand how the fashion styling system works. But the more I work, the more I write and the more people I speak to about the book and the industry, the more I’ve become aware of how little information people outside the industry have about the work of a stylist.  So I give you this blog: whether you’re a stylist starting out and wanting to get into editorial; an instagrammer, a blogger or a YouTuber wanting to know how to acquire clothes for advertising; or a start-up company needing a team, with no idea of how the industry works or what to ask for.  I'm Opening Up A Closed World!   Danielle X

Hello & welcome to the Fashion Stylist's Handbook blog. I’ve put together a whole heap of information for you to look through and devour. A lot of it you’ll find in my book, but this blog lets me delve further into the subject of fashion styling. I hope you enjoy what you find and that it’s useful.

I first wrote Fashion Stylist's Handbook to help young stylists who were starting off in the industry understand how the fashion styling system works. But the more I work, the more I write and the more people I speak to about the book and the industry, the more I’ve become aware of how little information people outside the industry have about the work of a stylist.

So I give you this blog: whether you’re a stylist starting out and wanting to get into editorial; an instagrammer, a blogger or a YouTuber wanting to know how to acquire clothes for advertising; or a start-up company needing a team, with no idea of how the industry works or what to ask for.

I'm Opening Up A Closed World!

Danielle X

 
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