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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