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Finding the perfect colours for your makeup and clothing can be a transformative experience, especially for trans individuals navigating their unique journey of self-expression.

At Born, we understand how essential it is to feel confident and authentic in your appearance. Here’s a comprehensive guide to help you find the colours that best suit you, ensuring you always look and feel your best.

Understanding Undertones

The first step in discovering your colours is understanding your skin’s undertone. Undertones are the subtle hues that influence your overall skin tone and can be broadly classified into three categories: cool, warm, and neutral.

  • Cool Undertones: If you have cool undertones, your skin will have hints of blue, pink, or red. Veins on your wrist appear blue or purple, and silver jewellery tends to complement you more than gold.
  • Warm Undertones: Warm undertones feature yellow, peachy, or golden hues. Veins on your wrist look green, and gold jewellery enhances your appearance better than silver.
  • Neutral Undertones: If you have a mix of both cool and warm undertones, you’re likely neutral. Both silver and gold jewellery look great on you, and your veins may appear blue-green.

Finding Your Best Colours

Once you’ve identified your undertone, it’s time to find the colours that complement you best.

Cool Undertones

  • Makeup: Opt for foundations with a pink or blue base. Choose blushes in shades like rose, pink, or plum. For eyeshadows, cool tones like blues, purples, and greys work wonders. Lipsticks in berry, mauve, or cool reds will flatter you.
  • Clothing: Cool-toned clothing includes colours like navy, emerald green, icy blue, and deep purple. Black and white also look stunning on cool undertones.

Warm Undertones

  • Makeup: Foundations with a yellow or golden base suit you best. Warm blushes in peach, coral, or warm apricot are flattering. For eyeshadow, go for warm tones like gold, copper, and bronze. Lip colours in warm reds, oranges, and coral shades will enhance your look.
  • Clothing: Embrace earthy tones like olive, mustard yellow, warm browns, and ivory. Rich colours like brick red and burnt orange also look fabulous on warm undertones.

Neutral Undertones

  • Makeup: Neutral undertones have the flexibility to wear a range of colours. Foundations that blend beige and pink work well. Blushes in soft pink, peach, or nude are flattering. Experiment with eyeshadows in both cool and warm tones, such as taupe, olive, and mauve. Lipsticks in neutral pinks, peachy nudes, and balanced reds are great choices.
  • Clothing: Neutral skin tones can pull off both warm and cool colours. Try shades like teal, dusty pink, and jade green. Versatile neutrals like grey, navy, and taupe also look good.

Seasonal Colour Analysis

Another popular method to find your colours is seasonal colour analysis. This method divides people into four categories (Winter, Spring, Summer, Autumn) based on their natural colouring.

  • Winter: Cool and deep colours like black, navy, bright white, and jewel tones.
  • Spring: Warm and light colours like peach, golden yellow, coral, and light green.
  • Summer: Cool and soft colours like lavender, powder blue, soft pink, and pastel shades.
  • Autumn: Warm and rich colours like olive green, mustard yellow, burnt orange, and brown.

Personal Preference and Experimentation

While these guidelines are helpful, personal preference plays a significant role. Don’t be afraid to experiment with different colours and shades to see what makes you feel most confident and authentic. Makeup and clothing are tools for self-expression, and there are no hard rules.


At Born, we believe that discovering your colours is a journey of self-exploration and empowerment. By understanding your undertones and experimenting with seasonal colour analysis, you can find the makeup and clothing colours that make you shine. Remember, the most important thing is how you feel in your skin and the confidence that comes from embracing your true self. Happy exploring!

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