Finding the best colour for your skin tone is a very difficult business. Articles will ask you to compare your skin to a season (are you a spring or a winter?) or even ask you to examine the colour of veins on your wrist. As such, we wanted to cut through the noise and nail down the specific colours that are the most flattering—making getting ready every day (and going shopping for specific items) a breeze.
We looked to some of our favourite A-listers, from Elle Fanning to Lupita Nyong'o, and analysed the colours they've worn on repeat for their outfits in the spotlight in order to compile an easy guide to help you choose which colours suit your skin tone. Scroll through for our easy guide to complementing your skin tone, so you'll never be caught wearing the wrong colour again.
Jewel tones are the best way for light-skinned women to wear saturated colour. Need proof? Look no further than Elle Fanning in this Lanvin dress.
A pastel with just enough pigment like Laura Bailey's sweater looks gorgeous against pale skin. Our advice? Pair it with a red lip for a pop of colour or a smoky eye for a seductive look.
This has winter wardrobe written all over it.
The classic tan hue on Erin O'Connor creates an appealing contrast against her fair skin. Plus, it's a classic coat every woman should have in her wardrobe.
This is a classic that you'll wear over and over again.
Bronzed-skin beauties can pull of all metallic shades, ranging from silver to copper, just like Alessandra Ambrosio in this pretty minidress.
Kill two trends with one stone with this skirt.
If your skin tone is similar to Olivia Culpo's, consider wearing dove grey similar to this dress colour she's wearing at the Emmy Awards. If you've got lighter skin, opt for a charcoal grey, and if you've got darker skin, a pale grey will look best on you.
Not many can wear highlighter-worthy hues, but as Victoria Beckham proved in this dress, it's totally possible. And you know, VB rarely does colour, so when she does, you know she's made the right choice.
Wear over jeans for a truly forward look.
Pale colours like Solange Knowles's light yellow ribbed Marques'Almeida outfit stand out against a darker complexion.
Sunshine in a dress.
Bold colours like Lupita Nyong'o's cobalt-blue headscarf look incredible against dark skin. This also reminds us how accessories can make an entire outfit come together.
You know how much we love blazers, and when Amandla Stenberg turned up to the Met Gala in this ruby-red colour jacket, she not only got the right colour for her skin tone, but she was also on trend.
This is flattering whether you knot it or leave it open.
Next up! The autumn/winter 2017 fashion trends you need to know about.