YES YOU CAN WEAR RED 😊

Hi folks Kathleen here. As some of you may know I have been on a red kick lately. One thing I’ve heard over and over again…”oh I love red on you but I can’t wear red..it washes me out.” What’s really happening is you are trying on the wrong red for your skins undertones.  Someone said to me recently…you can wear any color. While that isn’t quite true I can get away with a variety of colors in this case reds because I have a neutral undertone to my skin. Your undertone isn’t the same as your skin color.

Below is an example of two intense reds on the opposite end of the red spectrum. I find color fascinating don’t you?

How do you know what undertone your skin has? There are tests galore out on the internet..to simplify I found one test that is fail proof. In natural light look at the back of your hand your wrist really. Are your veins bluish almost a purplish color? Your undertone is cool. Are your veins green or almost an olive color? Your undertone is warm. Are they like mine a blue green color….or you can’t really tell? You have a neutral undertone. Another simple test is what color looks best on you white or cream…white you have a cool undertone cream you have a warm undertone…you say you look equally good in both? You guessed it you have a neutral undertone to your skin.

Below I’m using a portrait I painted to illustrate that skin color isn’t the same as your skins undertone. I used a lot of lavenders and blues in Bishop Hodges skin color while painting him. Because his undertone is cool…For his wife I used really intense yellow ochre and gold colors to achieve her skin color because her undertone is warm.  Fascinating..😊

Below is a color chart I made of reds that I own. There are so many more I could add here..this is just a sample and can help when you are trying to pick out a red for yourself.

Two colors that are blondes but lean towards red are illustrated below.
If you wear blonde and are hesitant to try red one of these shades would be an excellent choice.
Below are examples of two similar temperature reds but one is less intense than the other. If you are afraid to try the more intense Sunset Red try Sangria. In general the less intense reds whether they are warm or cool fall into the neutral  category and are universally flattering.
Below is an example of the next level down from the most intense reds on my color chart.  Golden Russet is all the way on the warm end and Rusty Red is all the way on the cool end. Both have similar intensity. Both I wouldn’t consider low enough in intensity to be neutral. If your undertone is neutral no problem…you can wear either. But if your undertone is decidedly cool I would stay clear of Golden Russet. On the other hand if your undertone is warm I would stay clear of Rusty Red.
   The reds in the middle of my color chart and that are less intense can be worn by everyone. You don’t need to have a neutral undertone to your skin. You can be warm or cool it doesn’t matter….so go ahead try Sangria..or Glazed Strawberry…you’ll look wonderful.
      The take away here is there is a red for everyone. So don’t be afraid…you don’t have to wear Tangelo or Glazed Fire to be called a red head 😉there are a variety of reds that are universally flattering. Have fun..ENJOY!

Product Listings:
Top Collage
High Impact by Gabor (Dark Copper)
Brenna by Rene of Paris (Rusty Red)
Karla by TressAllure (Sunset Glow)
Aubrey by Tony of Beverly (Tangelo)
Phoebe by Tony of Beverly (Sangria)
Following pictures
Aubrey by Tony of Beverly (Tangelo)
Bryn by Envy (Chocolate Cherry)
Julia by Jon Renau (14/26: Pralines & Cream)
High Impact by Gabor (GL27-22, Caramel)
Phoebe by Tony of Beverly (Sangria)
Neena by Tony of Beverly (Sunset Red)
Chic Alert by Raquel Welch (Golden Russet)
Brenna by Rene of Paris (Rusty Red)

You can see all of Kathleen’s posts here as well seeing her talent as an amazing artist at KathleenRyanArt.com.

I’m blown away by this amazing article by Kathleen! She even graciously invited our viewers to ask her questions about colors so please feel free to leave a comment or question below for her in the comment sections. Thank you Kathleen!

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13 Comments

  1. June 25, 2017 / 12:09 pm

    Thank you for your kind remarks Gina 😊

  2. TAZ
    June 25, 2017 / 2:09 pm

    Well done Kathleen!

  3. Sherry
    June 25, 2017 / 3:11 pm

    Kathleen – just want to say thanks for the very helpful info! And wow, I will check out your website. What a talent you have!

    • June 27, 2017 / 10:50 pm

      Hi Sherry I’m glad you enjoyed my article..thanks for the compliment about my art..:-)

  4. Pat English
    June 25, 2017 / 8:38 pm

    WOW thank you Kathleen! I want to try red and now I know to look for the cool shades of it! You do always look great in whatever red you are showing too!

    • June 27, 2017 / 10:52 pm

      I’m so glad to hear that Pat..I look forward to seeing you post a photo of yourself in your red wig..;-)

  5. Lori Tankersley
    June 25, 2017 / 11:18 pm

    OK,good,now show me a post on which blond color can a person wear with a cool skin undertone 🙂

    • June 27, 2017 / 10:55 pm

      Hi Lori..this was an article focusing on reds..but if you have cool undertones the neutral or ashy blondes work best for you. I love Jon Renau’s Blonde Brownie..very light but not platinum and not too ashy..just right..:-) enjoy

  6. June 26, 2017 / 3:19 pm

    Such great information on an intellectual level about color! Kathleen, you are so generous with your time in helping others with their color choices. I especially liked seeing the detailed images on your painting! 🙂 With your help and encouragement, I’m about to pull the trigger on an intense red wig!

    • June 27, 2017 / 10:57 pm

      Oh so excited for you Zmarie..yippee..reds are so fun cant wait to see what you get…still thinking the EW saffron red rooted?

  7. Freida Morgan
    June 26, 2017 / 5:10 pm

    Kathleen you are just a treasure trove of wonderful information! Glad I found your blog!

    • July 1, 2017 / 10:35 pm

      Hi Freida I’m glad you did too 😉 thank you for visiting and I’m so glad you found it interesting..:-)

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