BEST MUTED WARM true LOOKS
These outfits have been put together to create a better understanding of how to mix and match colors, contrasts, and materials to get that right look for your appointed group.
(Photos in this post are borrowed from HM.COM, Jollychic.com, and a few are random pictures from Tumbler or Pinterest or borrowed from Google. Unknown source.)
If you suit bronze or gold best, tomato red, olive and forest green, and other golden, dirty, burnt, earthy, spice colors in rich and muted tones. Your natural coloring is either fiery or muted, and your best colors are those who remind you of an autumn landscape and enhance your natural warm glow. Dusty cool pastels and cool intense colors, does not do you justice. So, try to keep your look in harmony with your naturally muted intensity. On a true MUTED WARM there will always be a dramatic difference between when wearing right and wrong colors, and they have a hard time borrowing colors from other groups without looking washed out. Some of the more saturated and darker toned MUTED WARMS can sometimes borrow colors from other warm groups.
Eva Mendes, Eva Marcille, Kandyse McClure, Sarika Hassan, Rachel Weisz, Carey Mulligan,
Isla Fisher, Julianne Moore, and Lily Cole.
IF YOU ARE A MUTED WARM, YOU MAY HAVE
Eyes: Can be any color, but is usually medium brown or light brown, olive green, hazel, dark hazel, blue, mixed blue, gray-green, mixed green, and sometimes even deep brown.
Hair: Medium golden brown, deep golden brown, medium chestnut, rich and warm red, auburn, ginger, strawberry blonde, may have red or golden highlights.
Skin: Bronze, golden beige, neutral beige, warm beige, ivory, can be very pale or rather deep. May have freckles.
If your contrast level is very high, it may indicate that you are flowing towards DEEP WARM or CLEAR WARM.
Don't be too concerned with whether or not the people in the photos match your identical color combination, such as tan, hair color and eyes. The most important thing is that you have the right contrast level, and look good in the colors on the chart. If you do feel the need to identify with the MUTED WARM "poster girls", best to google the names above without makeup, natural hair color and in daylight. Makeup, lighting, spray-tans, and photoshop can change the overall appearance a lot.
A MUTED WARM is what in classical terms have been called an autumn, and are typically those whose overall coloring is rather muted, deep, earthy and warm.
MUTED WARM colors can appear to be rich and vibrant when seen on a person with MUTED WARM coloring, and their softness is only apparent when compared to a much brighter group, such as CLEAR WARM (for example).
This group has an undeniable richness and vibrance to their natural coloring, and a bronze, golden, or coppery glow in their skin and eyes, and although they might be stereotypically represented as a redhead, it is actually quite common to have naturally brown hair. Never the less, red will probably look very believable and great on you.
Being such a warm and rich, but yet delicate group, it makes it possible for this type to transform dirty and muted hues into a warm, glowing, calm, but powerful and passionate, down to earth kind of beauty (when worn right).
Some MUTED WARM's may have a slight coolness or a little higher intensity to a few of their features, such as dark or cooler hair or eyes, which means they are flowing into CLEAR WARM, DEEP WARM or SOFT WARM.
The difference between the other earthy and warm groups; such as the more delicate, SOFT WARM, and the more intense DEEP WARM, is that the DEEP WARM has a much higher contrast level, can handle stronger colors such as black and hot pink, and usually looks overall darker and deeper. The SOFT WARM is almost a mix between LIGHT COOL and MUTED WARM, and is much softer, borderline neutral and a little cooler.
The MUTED WARM is the warmest type there is, and it's features are brought to life by rich, warm, golden colors that are a little muted. Earthy and spicy are the key words to describe this look, and colors that are very bright, cool, too pure, or clear can be overwhelming and look blend and unbalanced on this delicate group. It is important to choose colors that will echo their own natural delicate coloring, and medium to low contrast level.
The odds are that black and pure white will wash you out. A deep chocolate brown and cream white would be better, especially without makeup.
This group doesn't need contrast as much as it needs glow, so this means that you can look great in an all camel outfit only matched with bronze accessories, an all mustard yellow look, or a tomato red dress matched with a olive green coat. These are looks that would drain colors or wash out most other types, because they don't have enough natural warmth or softness. For the highest contrast MUTED WARM's, it is possible to stray a little from the color-chart, but never forget to balance foreign colors with your own features.
A MUTED WARM looks best in warm shades and has a warm undertone to their overall look. You can tell by the fact that they look great in cream, camel, olive green, golden browns, chestnut, coral, tomato red, mustard and golden yellow, beige, forest green, and peach. But also navy blue, some shades of warm muted blue and aqua, purple, teal and kelly green looks really good. Bronze and gold are the metallics that compliment a MUTED WARM best, because it has the right glow for their muted warm look. Silver can work on those who has some cool features, such as pale skin.
Deep to medium and light shades of hair color, will all work on the medium to light intensity of the MUTED WARM. More importantly, always choose warm colors. Ashy shades, black and platinum blond are not hair colors for this muted and warm shading. Most MUTED WARM's look faded and fake with these hair colors, as it drains color from the face. Whilst, deep warm brown, red, golden brown, strawberry blond and so on, makes the features appear more defined and fresher.
WORST COLORS ARE Cool dusty pastels and cool bright colors.
These colors does absolutely nothing for you. Remember that your biggest "no" colors are the ones that will clash with either your eye, skin or hair color, no matter if everything else tells you it should be great. A MUTED WARM needs golden, rich, dirty, muted and purely warm colors, to make sure your features are in focus and not the clothes or hair.
You can tell when you are wearing the right colors from the distinctive bronze or golden glow a MUTED WARM's skin or overall coloring get about them when wearing warm, rich colors.
Now that you know which "season" you belong to, and what type of colors that suits your warm intensity, you might feel that you sometimes also fit some colors that aren't that muted or all warm. This might mean you have a "soft" or "clear" tendency, and that you can get away with colors outside of your group, that are either softer, colder or brighter. But never go too soft and muted, all bold and bright, or all cold and icy. You can still run the risk of looking faded and dull, because you are above all EARTHY, and need hues that reflect that. These colors are based on your natural coloring, and might vary a little from one MUTED WARM to another, but that's what the "add on" is for.
For example, you can be a
MUTED WARM true, or should I say simply muted and warm (Julianne Moore or Kate Beckinsale). This is a classic MUTED WARM, and these women are a perfect example of how a MUTED WARM can be both fair as well as darker. A true MUTED WARM will look most probably have warm eyes, such as green, hazel or brown eyes, and a warm hair color, but can have variations in the skin-tone. You may have some cooler features, but you will still look your best in muted, golden, warm, rich, spicy and earthy colors. If you are a MUTED WARM true, the rules above should apply to you more or less perfectly.
MUTED WARM clear, (Eva Marcille and Eva Mendes) has the sharpest overall coloring of all the MUTED WARM's, and (usually) have deeper or brighter eyes and hair, and often a slightly darker/tanned skin. The MUTED WARM clear can actually have any variation, but what they have in common is that they all seem as if they are flowing a little into DEEP WARM or CLEAR WARM, although they're not actually deep or clear enough. Clear or bold colors can look flattering on this type, and so they can get away with a little more drama. But they are still a MUTED WARM, and the clear or deep colors wont look as natural and fresh as the earthy tones will, just as black and pure white will be a little too harsh on you. On the color-chart, the most vibrant MUTED WARM colors would be the best on this sub-group, so for the best look, combine rich earthy colors with some brighter elements. If you go too bold or bright the look will overpower you, so best to "brighten it up" in the smaller details, using accessories, pattern, or a lipstick. This trick can give you a freshness equal to the CLEAR WARM or DEEP WARM look, but never forget that your base always should be warm and muted. The sub-groups are not so much about what you can't do, but more about what you can do; like taking advantage of your "sub-features" to get away with even more colors.
MUTED WARM soft, (Lily Cole) looks her best in MUTED WARM colors, but she's not as rich and warm as the rest of the MUTED WARM's. You may have lighter hair and fair skin, and maybe even some cold features such as blue eyes. The MUTED WARM soft is borderline SOFT WARM, so they are best to stick to deeper colors if they wish to color their hair (never lighter), because they are already a little too soft for their own colors. Because they do have some cooler features they can look good in some SOFT WARM colors, such as mulberry and powdery blue, but will look amazing in warm, golden, earthy colors that will turn up the heat on your overall look.
The MUTED WARM soft don't have as much intensity as the rest of the MUTED WARM's, so their glow is a little different, and easily confused with the SOFT WARM (so, thats where they should borrow colors from). Bronze will probably be better for you than gold, since it's a little softer, but both gold and silver works too. A MUTED WARM soft is still very much a MUTED WARM, and typically neutral and pure colors wont look as good. On the color-chart, the most muted and golden colors would be the best on this sub-group, so for the best look, stick too rich earthy colors when it comes to hair and makeup, and then you can feel free to borrow some cooler hues from your cusping group, the SOFT WARM.
MUTED WARM VARIATIONS
(My sources are "Color me beautiful", thechicfashionista.com, http://visual.ly/, http://www.truth-is-beauty.com/, the 12 seasons system, the 16 season system, and the basic four element system. I have made alterations and created my own system. Photos in this post are random pictures from Tumbler, Pinterest or borrowed from Google. Unknown source.)
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