Making a perfect match when it comes to colors might feel easy, most women simply feel if two colors go together. If you’re worried about going too far or want to match colors that don’t usually go together, you should get better acquainted with the DOs and DON’Ts of matching your outfit colors.

From complementary colors to analogous color combinations, here are the simple rules that help you match colors the right way, whether it’s for your everyday looks or even your makeup.

DO: Use the Color Wheel

If you’re not sure where to start when it comes to matching your outfit colors, simply use the color wheel. There are plenty of combinations you can try out. The basic ones are complementary colors (on the opposite sides of the color wheel) and analogous colors (on opposite sides of the color wheel), but you can also try other combinations, like colors that form an X, a T or colors at 90 angle degrees.

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DON’T: Ignore Your Complexion When You Pick Colors

When you’re choosing your colors, make sure know what works with your skin. Some warm neutrals can wash out your skin tone, while bright reds can highlight any ruddiness and might not be your best choice. Pick colors that work by putting them against your skin, preferably in natural light.

DO: Use Complementary Colors

Hues on the opposite sides of the color wheel go well together, but that doesn’t always mean they can make a great outfit for you. Elegant combinations of these colors are harder to pull off, but they can be mixed a bit easier in more casual or sporty outfits. Use complementary colors to create a color block outfit, but remember that they don’t always have to be as saturated.

DON’T: Choose Complementary Shades with the Same Intensity

If you’re unsure about complementary color combinations, save yourself the stress and simply match them based on intensity. Red and green can easily clash, but work far easier together when you tone down one of them. Green and light pink or red with a light shade of green make for a far more sophisticated combination than intense primary colors.

Analogous Colors

DO: Use Analogous Colors

Colors that are featured next to each other on the colors wheel are analogous and can be matched more easily for a pleasing effect. You don’t have to tone down the intensity, but you should always keep in mind that you should use one dominant color and a second one that plays on it for a simple look. Create harmony in your look with these colors, but don’t go too far on the color wheel.

DON’T: Use Use Too Many Analogous Colors

Once you use more than three analogous colors, you’re risking pushing your outfit over the line and making it simply too busy. For an elegant option, stick to two analogous colors and a neutral. The rule doesn’t apply if you’re also wearing a print. A multicolored print can work with up to three analogous colors, but if you want to be on the safe side, just use two next to the print.

DO: Try Monochromatic Looks in Primary Colors

If you’re afraid of color, your safest choice would be a monochromatic look that includes different shades of the same primary color. For the best results, add white or black to the mix. If the shades of your chosen color are too close to each other without any other shade that breaks up the palette, you risk your look getting too costumey.

DON’T: Just Stick to Neutrals and Black

Flattering to the figure, black is often the default choice when you’re scared of brighter colors, but you can’t just wear warm neutrals, along with black and white. Black goes well with most colors, except navy, but there are other neutral combinations you should avoid, including brown and gray or cream and white. Add brighter shades into the mix really make your look pop.

Use Color As Accent

DO: Use Accent Colors

Sometimes you simply have to stick to neutrals, especially when it comes to work and a professional look. The easiest way to add flair to a neutral outfit is using an accent color. If your outfit stays on the conservative side, spruce it up with more colorful jewelry or with a bag that really stands out.

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