Colour Theory: Hijabi Edition
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Colour Theory: Hijabi Edition

The hijab: our crowning glory, our most precious accessory, an outward proclamation of our faith, a dedication to Allah (SWT), a sign of respect, etc. etc. Whatever it means to us, most of us love it and wear it with pride. Especially now, in this modern age, our access to a plethora of styles and colours has greatly expanded, leaving us with so many options. But how do we choose? Simply because we choose to cover our bodies and our hair, does not mean that we do not want to feel beautiful and look stylish.

When I first began to wear hijab, I bought any scarf I could find which proved itself to be a difficult task as I lived in a warm climate and scarves were not readily available. I quickly found out that not every colour looks flattering on me nor do they coordinate well with the outfits I wear. The more headscarves I’ve acquired, the better I become with selecting colours that really flatter my skin and bring out my eyes. They enhance my outfits and overall look so I can look my best and feel put together.


How to Know your Undertones?

While anyone can pull off any colour if they have confidence, there are certain colours that really bring out the radiance in our skin and emphasize our eyes. The key lies in undertones which are the primary colours that determine the overall shade of our skin. They are what makes some people more yellow, other redder, and a few slightly grey. They are quite different from skin tone which does nothing to determine which colours bring out our natural glow.

Those of us with warm skin have peach, yellow, or gold undertones. Those of us with cool skin have blue, pink, or red undertones. And then there are those who are a blend of both warm and cool, which gives them a few more options. An easy way to tell is by examining the inside of one’s wrists. If the veins underneath the skin appear green, the skin is warm. If the veins appear blue or purple, the skin is cool. And, if it is hard to tell between blue or green, the skin is neutral. One can also tell by the type of jewellery that looks best against one’s skin. If silver jewellery is the most flattering on you, then you are cool. If gold jewellery suits you better, you are warm. And once again, if both look amazing then you are neutral.

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The best colours for each undertone are the ones that play well off of the skin’s natural colour.* So for warm undertones, the best colours include olive, coral, peach, orange, cream, taupe, most reds, amber, gold, cappuccino, and mustard yellow.

The best colours for cool undertones consist of lavender, rose, grey, bright blue, emerald green, deep/royal purple, ruby red, pale yellow, white, and navy.

While neutral tones can rock pretty much anything, there are certain colours which truly bring out the best in your skin. Keep an eye out for medium blue, jade, most reds (especially vibrant red), white, coffee, medium grey, black, and muted shades such as dusty rose, forest green, cornsilk yellow, and faded turquoise.

*Please refer to the images below for a visual representation of which shades belong to which category.

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Bringing Out The Eyes

Taking the colours for each undertone into account, now let’s focus on bringing out the eyes.

Blue eyes embrace any colour in the red and brown families because of the ability of those shades to really make them pop. Opposites attract, right? Both the blue and the red and brown shades play to each other’s strengths. Think any shade of red, any shade of orange, gold, amber, bronze, coffee, taupe, sand, and cream.

Brown eyes are the lucky ones. With this eye colour being neutral, practically any shade in the rainbow and beyond looks stunning as long as it also compliments the undertones in the skin. Pay special attention to jewel tones such as turquoise, emerald green, ruby red, and amethyst.

Green/Hazel eyes are so stunningly unique. This colour thrives against gold, brown, auburn, mustard yellow, purple, forest green, dusty rose, cream, taupe, beige, berry, smoky silver, and bronze.

As mentioned at the beginning of this article, anyone can rock any colour with a little bit of confidence if they truly want to. It doesn’t matter what other people think! But if you feel in need of some direction, look to colour theory. This not only applies to what hijabs would look most flattering on you but also the rest of your outfit and even eye makeup, if you wear it. Give it a go and let us know what you think in the comments below!


Written by Nahlah,

Revert and writer from the United States who is slowly making London her new home. she loves to travel, eat, read and write. Her goal with writing is to help other reverts like herself who are just as confused as she has been.

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  1. What would you say to those who maintain that there’s no such thing as undertones?

    1. Salaam, sister! I apologize that it has taken me so long to reply as I have been traveling. You ask a very good question and my answer to that would be that most of this article does not apply to those who disbelieve the existence of undertones. If you would like to find colours that really suit you well, I would suggest sticking to shades that compliment your eye colour or simply coordinate well with your current outfit. However, as someone who has been an artist her entire life and has worked closely with skin in the beauty industry for 4 years, I can say with absolute confidence that undertones are very much real. They are what cause you to see a pink or yellow tint in lighter-skinned people and blue/purple, red, or yellow in those with darker skin. It’s fairly subtle and is only one factor that makes up all of the beautiful shades of skin in this world. Colour theory is what allows us to properly match foundation to the skin of our sisters who wear makeup. It is what allows hairstylists to choose the right shade of hair dye for their clients. Without undertones, we would all have rather grey looking skin without much life to it. If you study colour in depth, you will see that every shade in existence is made up of a combination of others. As nude skin is not one of the primary colours, it takes many beautiful factors to make it the shade that it is, subhanallah. You can choose whether or not to follow this guide or you can simply wear whatever shades you please. 🙂 I will also say that colour can be a very individual thing and fashion/beauty rules were made to be broken. 🙂

      1. I agree that fashion advice is primarily a guideline and personal taste and style make up for a lot of the decision making process. But my question wasn’t wether or not undertones exist, but rather if NEUTRAL undertones exist. There are color theorists out there who say they don’t and that it’more a matter of skin pigment that can throw off your look (say if your undertone is very delicately cool but as soon as you tan you seem to all of a sudden look good in warm colors, and bice versa). What’s your opinion, as someone who has closely worked in this field?

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