An Expert Agrees: The #1 Colour of the Year Flatters All Skin Tones

Lauren Eggertsen
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Adam Katz Sinding of Le 21ème

While the literal Colour of the Year, according to Pantone, might be green, there is another hue infiltrating the likes of the fashion world all the same, and that hue is pink. It seems that lately, no matter where we turn, a new pink item, whether it be clothing or an accessory, catches our eye. In addition to our simple adoration for the colour on a surface level, there is a deeper reason we are seeing this colour bubble up: It is a colour that flatters all skin tones. That's right—all. To clarify, not every shade of pink will look good on every skin colour, but there is definitely a shade of pink out there for everyone, and you'll quickly learn why.

We reached out to colour expert Kate Smith of Sensational Colour for more insight as to why exactly pink looks beautiful on all skin tones, and let us assure you that the reason is fascinating. In addition to the fact-driven reason this colour looks flattering, Smith also gave us insight as to why this colour is making women feel flattered while wearing it. Both insights are equally important in our books, and we can't wait to share her words with you here:

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Adam Katz Sinding of Le 21ème

"With everything that is going on around us right now, there are many reasons women are gravitating to pink. Pink is the colour of innocence, happiness, and sweet love. It is a colour that lightens our heart and gently nurtures our soul," says Smith. "For women who are often overworked and overburdened, an attraction to pink may speak of a desire for the more carefree days of their youth or to experience again the unconditional love they felt as a child. Pink is a colour strongly associated with the feminine part of all of us. It is a colour of passion and energy tempered with compassion and kindness. It is a colour that unites woman and communicates hope for the future." 

No matter how dark or light your skin tone, pink is part of what makes it up. 

colour expert Kate Smith

Now, the reason pink works for every skin tone is this: "No matter how dark or light your skin tone, pink is part of what makes it up. For some, it is a cooler pure pink while for others a warmer coral pink, but it is always there. Skin tones all have some hint of red/pink—some combinations of these colours produce lighter tones and some darker. Although the end result can look quite different, the underlying colours are not."

Ahead, see street style images of the colour pink looking incredible on a variety of skin tones, and then shop some pink items we love.

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