Be Original and use colour matching to choose what colours you wear

Do you know what colour matching is? Colour matching looks at the colour combination and characteristics of our hair, eyes and skin to determine the group of colours that will suit our face the best. It originated in the 1930s with the advent of cinema in colour and Hollywood costume designers, and came into its own at the end of the 1970s thanks to cosmetologist Bernice Kentner, who – thanks to a study on the changes in natural light according to the seasons – identified four natural palettes to match different complexions.

These palettes are referred to as the four seasons of colour.
Let's look at them together, so we can choose the best outfit to match our complexion.

Winter: Cool, dark colours

Do you have olive or pinkish skin, dark brown or black hair and dark brown, black, grey or light blue eyes? Then the colours that will suit you are dark shades like blue, black, grey, purple, cherry red, emerald green, or very light ones like white, sky blue, light grey, pale pink and ice.

Warm, bright colours to set off your look with the colours of spring.

This season's palette consists of light and warm shades such as peachy pink, rose gold, salmon and ivory. People who belong to this colour group have fair or medium-coloured skin – often with freckles – and hair that may be brown or blond; their eyes are hazel, green, blue or light brown.

Blue like the sea, red like watermelon, lilac like wisteria: these are the colours of summer

You belong to this colour category if you have light pinkish skin, blue, green or grey eyes and light blond to medium brown hair. The colours that suit you include pastel shades such as powder pink, lavender, sky blue and aquamarine but also darker, cooler shades such as carmine red, plum, slate blue or dove grey.

Pumpkin orange at Halloween, all the browns from roasted chestnuts to chocolate, say goodbye to the autumn blues with the colours of the season.

Are your eyes brown, green or hazel? Is your hair red, or brown with golden and auburn colours, and is your skin fair, medium or dark? According to colour-matching theory, your colours reflect the classic shades of an autumn landscape: orange, brown, ivory, forest green, camel, gold, bronze and golden yellow are the colours that will suit you!

Finding out what your guide colours are means you will have a reference palette to use to highlight your best features and look your best.

Now that you're ready to try out colour matching with your children too, all you have to do is go to and choose the perfect garment to enhance their natural beauty.