The Garden of Earthly Delights?
As you may know, Den Bosch is the city where the well-known painter Jheronimus Bosch lived and painted his beautiful and strange works of art. The most famous is the Garden of Earthly Delights, a triptych with outer wings showing the biblical narrative of creation. Eva’s figure is depicted on the link side of this famous work. The fresco you see in these pictures is located on Schilderstraat (the Street of the Painters) and was painted by twelve students as an homage to the famous artist. Jheronimus Bosch died in 1516. And you cannot imagine how the 500 years since his death were celebrated. The city was engorged by festivities and Jheronimus’ strange creatures. Even a fashion show was prepared for this occasion. This is how I discovered Addy van den Krommenacker‘s designs. He designed a collection dedicated to the painter. But he also designed this pret-a-porter silk yellow dress I wear. I bought the dress for a wedding and matched it with this bag and a pair of high heels black and golden sandals.
Undertone and colors?
I have been coveting for a yellow dress for a while. But colors can be intimidating and overwhelming. And sometimes it is all right to wear black or stay in the comfort zone of the neutral palette. For a while I believed the tailoring was the most important aspect when shopping for the perfect dress. With that in mind, I did not give up and still looked for a yellow dress. Until I finally understood the secrets of skin undertone. Have you ever wondered why certain colors look better on you? The answer is right there (on your wrist) and is called the undertone. So how do you determine your skin undertone? Or first, is the skin undertone the same as the color of your skin? Already confused? Luckily there are some tricks online to brush aside any confusion. The undertone is the color underneath the surface of your skin and it can be easily determined if you follow some steps.
How to determine your skin undertone?
First, you need to know that there are three types of skin undertone: the cool, warm and neutral undertone. The cool undertone means that your skin has hints of bluish, pink or red. Your skin will most probably burn quickly in the sun, it will turn pink or even red and it will not get that amazing golden-brown look even with the sunscreen protection. If it does, it means you had a very long vacation and you used screen 70 sun protection cream at the beginning. And that every week you carefully decreased the protection. At least this is my experience as a cool undertone. I am often asked whether I spend the summer vacation indoors. Cool undertone ladies have usually blue, gray or green eyes and their hair is blond, brown, or black with blue, silver, violet and ash undertones (even the hair has its undertone?!). Another indication that you have cool undertone is related to the color of your veins. The recommendation is to check your wrist. If your veins are purple of blue, than you have a cool undertone.
If you have a warm undertone you are the lucky lady getting that golden-brown tan the first day of spring. Your skin most probably has hints of yellow, peachy or golden undertones. And your eyes are either brown, amber or hazel with strawberry blond, red, brown, or black hair. Does your hair tend to have gold, red, orange, or yellow undertones? Do your veins look more green than purple or blue? Clearly a warm one. And what goes best with that coveted tan? The golden jewelry. If golden jewelry suit you best, then your skin undertone is certainly warm. The answer ‘diamonds suit me best’ is not helping, ladies! I for example always liked silver, but in time my preferences changed and I wear more gold now. But I still enjoy a silver jewelry and with this research, I believe it suits me best.
The third type of undertone is the neutral one. If you cannot identify yourself in the cool or the warm undertones, you may be part of the special neutral group. The neutral undertone means that you have no obvious overtones of pink or yellow skin, but rather the skin’s natural color is more evident. If you have a neutral skin undertone, most probably your eyes are hazel and they change depending on the clothes or make-up you wear. And your hair is a combination of blonde with ashy streaks or brown with warmer tones.
You identified your undertone? Well done!
Which colors suit you best?
Once you identified your skin undertone, you know what colors suit you best. For the cool undertone ladies here, choosing bright blue, royal blue, sapphire, emerald, amethyst, deep purples, lavender and lilac snow would make you feel at your best. If the colors are overwhelming for you or you just irrecoverably felt in love with neutrals, your best matches are the grays, the navies and the pristine whites. And you should stay away from yellow and orange. Something I stubbornly did not do for this photo-shooting. But it was on purpose.
For the warm undertone ladies, you guessed, it is the opposite. Your best colors are oranges, reds, golden yellow, amber, honey gold. In terms of neutrals, you should go for taupe, hot chocolate, creamy whites, winter wheat, latte. Now I know why I stayed away from these neutrals for so long. If you are a warm undertone, if may be difficult to have a love relation with icy shades, such as amethyst, sapphire and ruby.
And contrary to my comments on the intimidating nature of bold colors, it may be that you always felt uneasy with too bright or vibrant colors, like reds and yellows. This is because the colors that best suit a neutral undertone are light peach, dusty pinks, soft rose, peony pink, placid blue, jade green, cameo green.
Good luck in finding that perfect dress! I am still thinking whether to sell mine. If I decide to do it, my new shop online adventure begins! Have a great week!