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Grey for every palette

When I trained in colour analysis, the colour we were told to expect to be asked the most questions about was black. And yes, people do ask about it a lot, but these days I find an increasing number of clients who know that black isn't right for them (or even if it is, wanting something a little more subtle and modern feeling) and wanting to know whether they can still wear greys in every hue from dove to charcoal.

Because the class always ends up focused largely on the bold, bright and beautiful colours that each client looks amazing in, that discussion about greys can sometimes take a bit of a back seat and clients end up some months down the line unable to remember just which shades work for them.

Step forward, Kettlewell. With greys for every single palette, there's a solution for every season. And the variety you can wear might just surprise you. So which grey should you be wearing, and how do you pick it out from all the ones that make you look grey instead? If you've had your colours analysed, just click on the seasonal links below for more information about your best greys and how to choose and wear them. If you haven't had a colour analysis you could start with Kettlewell's quiz, or read on for more information.

If you don't know your own personal best palette, your best bet is to go for those greys which suit the vast majority of skintones, as there is less chance of things going horribly wrong. As a general rule of thumb, greys with a slightly stone or mole undertone, rather than stark pure grey, will be more universally flattering.

If you desperately want to wear darkest charcoal or pale ice grey, another option for making it 'safe' for your skintone is to choose a more universally flattering colour to pair with it up, such as true red, teal or soft white. Wearing one of these colours up near your face will reflect a more flattering light onto your skin and make you look and feel fresher and brighter.