If there’s ever a season to combine the warmth of orange with the modernity of grey, it’s this season. This beautifully balanced pairing of two popular shades inspires looks that range from soft and feminine to confident and bold.
Orange and grey sit at complete opposite spheres of the colour wheel. The one has a zest for life, is warm and rejuvenates the spirit; the other is urban, minimal and totally modern. So what happens when you combine these two vastly different shades in one look? Pure magic! The strength of orange lifts the tonality of grey while its slightly sombre reputation effortlessly tempers the brightness of its juicy counterpart.
Finding the perfect flow when wearing these two colours demands an understanding of what shades work with what skin tones. Orange shades range from peach to apricot and tangerine to pumpkin while grey shades take on variations from pearl to smoke and charcoal to slate. These numerous hues, that both orange and grey take on, ensure that all skin tones are able to wear this colour combination. And if you’re wondering about the perfect shade of orange for your skin tone, scroll down for a few tips.
Our colour journey has taken us from yellow to orange, and next up we will explore the prettiness of pink and how to wear this so-now colour with all shades of grey.
SOFT SKIN TONE
Soft skin tones, think very pale and fair like Nicole Kidman, should wear soft and clear orange shades that include peach, apricot and tangerine. This gentle way with colour should continue into the overall tone of the colours you choose while staying clear of bright oranges and very dark greys.
MEDIUM SKIN TONE
It’s easy to understand why orange and grey suit a Medium sun kissed skin tone like that of gorgeous actress Jennifer Aniston. Swap very soft and very dark colours for a bright and fresh palette like nectarine and mango and find a balanced combination that complements your skin tone.
DEEP SKIN TONE
A Deep, lighter darker skin tone, like Beyoncé, looks amazing in jewel shades of orange including burnt orange (a personal favourite) and deep coral. The bolder the better is your colour rule; remember that pale colours will simply fade away.
RICH SKIN TONE
Rich, darker skin tones, think the model looks of “glamazon” supermodel Naomi Campbell, should wear rich shades of orange like sunset and coral. A colour combination of bold oranges and dark greys – nothing pale and soft – lends itself to a Rich skin tone.
MAKEOVERS & CONSULTATIONS
Chata and her consultants work according to her renowned and trusted philosophy, The Complete Image Solution® – a personal image revelation where your skin tone’s best colours, combined with fashion-that-fits, come together to create a wardrobe that works for your lifestyle.
We offer consultations of various durations, for both individuals and groups. At their simplest, these comprise of a ten-minute colour consultation. The most intensive is our life-changing ‘magical makeover’, during which we devote an entire day, or two, to the hair, makeup, and wardrobe capsule that makes the most of who you are.
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Content created by Chata Romano
Co-creator Leandra Roelofsz
Copywriter Lucille Strauss, The Pink Pen Word Studio
Makeovers by Chata Romano
Hairdresser Lunatic Fringe (011 783 4280) using L’Oreal Majirel and finishing products from Kérastase and L’Oreal Professionnel
Makeup Artist Charlie Runge using products from Clarins
Clothing from Truworths
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Makeover photography by Francois Booyens
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