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It can be a struggle to know exactly what colours and patterns suit us as individuals. Hot pink looks daring and bold on the model, but will it look good on you? We're constantly being shown the latest trends and 'in' colours, but sometimes it's important to take a step back and consider what shades are actually the most flattering. A simple tool to help with this process is known as the 'cool or warm' test.

Do you have warm or cool undertones?

This simple test involves taking a quick look at the veins on your arm in some natural lighting. If the colour appears green then you are most likely an individual with warm undertones. However, if the colour appears blue then it's safe to say that you probably have cool undertones. The differences between these two groups can actually be quite stark. Have you ever picked out a bright orange bikini in the summer, but found out later that you look washed out in photos? That's most likely because you're a person with cool undertones!

What should a 'warm' individual opt for?

If you're a person with warm undertones, there's a wide array of colours that best suit you. You can be daring with orange, red or even rock a bright yellow. This rule of thumb is also especially true for your jewellery, which is inherently designed to accent your best features. Consider opting for Teardrop Hypoallergenic Earrings with a Light Red Stud to enhance your natural look. People with warm undertones also tend to look best in gold jewellery, so you could try the Rose Gold Sandblasted Heart Hypoallergenic Earrings for an instant boost.

What about someone who is 'cool'?

If you're someone with cool undertones, you will definitely look your best in purple, blue, green, or any variation of these. Your ideal jewellery metal colour is silver, so you can benefit from pieces that are made from a wide range of base materials. The Shamballa Hypoallergenic Earrings in Emerald are ideally suited to bring out your cool undertones, and the best part is that you don't have to compromise on comfort if you suffer from metal allergies.

Is it possible to be neither?

A few people find that they can't quite tell if they have cool or warm undertones, and these individuals are somewhere in the middle. As a result, they can embrace the full range of colours in all seasons. It's important to remember that whatever colours you choose to wear, it should never be the 'red' of irritated ears! Choose from our wide range of sensitive earrings and never compromise on style.
January 14, 2019 by Lindsay Sheard