Universal colors are, by definition, colors that look great on everyone, regardless of skin tone. While many universal colors are also neutrals, not all of them are. Amid universal color options, such as blush pink (see Part 1) as well as stone, teal, navy, and eggplant (see Part 2), one fails to fade into the background; instead, it takes center stage. From stop signs to that iconic Lady in Red, this traffic and show-stopping color is about as bold as can be. It’s hard to believe such a fantastic hue truly looks good on everyone — including you!
What Is True Red?
Before you go thinking that every shade of red looks good on every person, let us clarify: only true red is a universal color. Reds come in orange tints as well as blue tints that can complement warm-toned and cool-toned skin tones, respectively. But right between those two extremes, you’ll find the universally flattering color of true red. But as boring as the term may be, it’s true red that really gets our attention today. In relationship to the RGB scale, a true red has 100% red saturation with no blue or green tonation. True reds can vary in brightness or darkness though, with shades varying in intensity but still holding the universal appeal.
Why Do We Love Red?
In addition to its universal appeal, true red is appreciated for its eye-catching allure. Did you know that seeing the color red can actually make a person’s heart beat a little faster? Often seen to represent passion, love, and even anger, one thing is sure — red is a color that evokes strong emotion.
Depending on the look you’re going for, you may want to use red for wardrobe basics such as tops and bottoms or only for smaller accessories, such as shoes, handbags, and necklaces. An extra bonus is that this color can work well for all seasons and is particularly well-suited to most holiday color schemes, from December 25 to July 4, and many in between.
What Can You Pair with Red?
When it comes to color combinations, red is extremely versatile, particularly for an attention-getting hue. For those whose complexions look best with cool tones, red can be paired with gray or silver as well as various shades of blue and pink.
For those who look good in warmer tones, red can complement camel for a subtle, workplace-friendly look as well as complement mustard yellow for a bright, fun appeal.
Another warm favorite that’s quite popular right now is a classic army green. And of course, red always looks fabulous with classic black and white! And remember, even if those colors don’t look great on you, just make sure to wear red closest to your face, and you can still use those other colors elsewhere in your traffic-stopping ensemble.
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