The Gold or Silver-test is a simple approach to determining if you look best in Warm or Cool colors. It’s not as detailed as the seasonal color analysis but it helps you to move one step closer to gaining a general idea of what colors look best on you, and that is sometimes enough for some.
It can also be a good indicator to figuring out if you’re a warm season; Autumn or Spring. Or a cool season; Summer or Winter – which is all explained in the Seasonal Color Analysis.
hen it comes to determining your best colors, you’ll have to look for your hair’s, eyes and skin’s dominant undertone. I’m saying dominant as most people have a little bit of both coolness and warmth in their coloring, but the majority will always have an undertone that is more obvious than the other.
The undertone is basically the underlying color of any hue. For example – tomato red has a yellow undertone, while true blue has a blue undertone. A person’s coloring has either a dominant warm, cool or neutral undertone. A neutral coloring usually has both coolness and warmth equally present and can wear both cool and warm colors well.
Skin Tone Not That Significant
The skin tone is getting less significant when analyzing a person’s coloring. That’s because the skin’s undertones get camouflaged with tan and makeup. Also, most skin tones have some cool and warm tones. This can leave you very confused when analyzing your coloring.
The skin tone doesn’t tell the whole story of your coloring – you need to look at it as a whole. As a color analyst, we’ll weigh in your skin’s undertone as needed.
Silver and gold are the two most common metals that can easily reflect if warm or cool colors look best on your coloring. Silver is considered cool and complements anyone with dominant cool undertones – and gold is considered warm and harmonize best with colorings that are predominantly warm.
The silver or gold test is one of the effective ways to uncover your undertone. If you’re a cool, it eliminates the warm groups from the seasonal color analysis, or if you’re warm you’ll be able to cross off all of the cool groups. This leaves you with a few groups to work with.
Here’s how you do the Gold or Silver Color Analysis on yourself.
- You need:
A large mirror
- Two jewelry pieces – one in bright silver (not pewter as it is more neutral) and the other one in a clear, gold. In some cases, you may need a warm, bright yellow and a royal blue cloth
- Natural lighting
How to do it:
Simply hold the jewelry in those two metals against your face, and take notice of which one makes your overall complexion look brighter and stands out more. This is best done under natural lighting and with NO makeup whatsoever.
Observe the changes in your face…
So Are You Warm or Cool?
As explained in the guide to seasonal color analysis, your best colors make you look healthy and will soften all imperfections such as dark eye circles, wrinkles and discolorations. You need less makeup when wearing your best colors.
However, ‘bad’ colors can emphasize imperfections such as yellow teeth, lines and uneven skin tone, and make you look sick and pale (not in a good way). A sure sign that tells if a color is ‘bad’ for you is if you see any dark shadows where you place the color against it.
Here are a couple of things to observe:
- Do you look healthier? Notice the quality of your skin, eyes and skin tone
- Does the metal make you look bland, or just ok?
- Does the metal create or accentuate dark eye circles?
- Do you see any unflattering shadows? (specifically under your chin)
- Does it make your teeth look yellow/more yellow?
Do you notice any differences when switching between gold and silver?
If the gold medal makes you glow and you feel fresher and look more alive, then you’re definitely a gold!
If the silver metal lights up your face, making your coloring look more luminous and healthy, then you’re a silver!
However, if you can’t decide because both metals seem to look equally well on your face. It may be that you look fantastic in both, or just good, then you might be a Neutral!