Chinese New Year is fast approaching and that means it’s time to get your hands on some fiery red pieces for a traffic-stopping look. After all, the striking hue symbolises good luck and prosperity in the Chinese culture, and we all want the God of Fortune to be on our side during a round (or two) of mahjong, no?
But before you nab just about every red piece you can find, remember this: Not every shade of red flatters every skin tone. For instance, an orange-red will look frumpy on someone with a cooler undertone, while a bluish-red will be unflattering for those with a warm undertone.
To determine which is yours, take a look at the veins on the inside of your wrist. Are your veins green or do they appear blue or purple? Or do you have an equal mix of both?
Once you’ve made your assessment, the following steps will be a breeze. Here, we have the ultimate guide for you to discover the perfect crimson shade that matches your unique undertone.
Determining factor: Greenish blood vessels are prominent at your wrist. Generally, your skin’s overall tone will lean towards a peachy or golden hue.
Type of red you should go for: Warmer, olive-toned reds that sport orange, or greenish, pigments underneath. Think of hues like Scarlet, Cinnabar and Chilli red.
Determining factor: Bluish or purplish blood vessels are prominent at your wrist. Generally, your skin’s overall tone will lean towards a pinkish or reddish hue.
Type of red you should go for: Cooler reds that sport blue pigments underneath. Think of hues like Carmine, Crimson and Cardinal red.
Determining factor: Green and purple blood vessels are both present at your wrist. Your skin’s overall tone will have a mixture of both yellowish and pinkish hue.
Type of red you should go for: Any. You’re one of the lucky few who can pull off any shade of red. We suggest you go for either Fiesta or Jester Red, as they are both trending hues based on Pantone’s NYFW Spring/Summer 2019 Colour Trend Report. This is the time to go bold!
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