As we work our way through the rainbow and around the color wheel in this series on color, we have now arrived at – Yellow-Green. A vibrant shade that is a mix of… you guessed it! Yellow and green. Since it is a combination it is considered a tertiary color or combination of a primary color + a secondary color.
The meanings behind this vibrant hue include a combination of the meanings behind yellow and green since it is a combination of the two.
- Wealth and Joy
- Freshness, Growth
However, just like most colors, it has its negative connotations as well…
Of course, here we are focusing on the positive attributes and how you can utilize this color in your wardrobe.
Yellow-Green is next to yellow on the color wheel and just after it in the rainbow. When I say “after” what I really mean is that as the colors in the rainbow transition into or flow into the next as can be seen in the picture below.
In addition to finding this color in the natural landscape, some people have a predominant yellow-green tone in their skin as in olive skin and it can be found in the eyes as well. I have a hint of this color in my medium hazel brown eyes. In a little bit, I will give some tips on which colors complement this tone and how you can use them to balance your skin tone and/or enhance your eye color.
Yellow-Green in the Spring Palette
Yellow-Greens are abundant in the Spring landscape which is why I am starting with this season first. It is seen in the newly sprouted leaves and grass. Most new leaves and grass start out as a bright yellow-green and as they mature the color deepens to a true green. This is a really lovely fresh shade that is easily incorporated into the Spring wardrobe.
Wear it in shades of –
- Bright Yellow-Green
- Light Yellow-Green
- Grass Green
Remember to keep the shades bright and clear. You can wear this hue in medium-deep value to pale and it will look stunning!
Yellow-Green for Summers
As the season’s transition, you do find this color in Summer however in much less quantity since during this time of year the leaves and grass have matured so they are mostly in the true green range. But this is a color Summer’s can wear nonetheless and it is still very flattering especially when used in combination with the other colors in the Summer palette.
Look for –
- Medium Yellow-Greens such as Grass Green
- Lily Pad Green ( a lighter and more yellowy green)
If you are a green-eyed summer this will really make your eyes brighter and more green.
Yellow-Green in The Autumn Palette
Similar to the other warm season of Spring you can also find quite a bit of Yellow-Green during Autumn. Unfortunately, most Autumn palettes often include very muted versions of this color. I am not doing that. I matched all of the colors in my palettes to the true colors found in nature. As you can see in the images above the yellow-green in Autumn is bright and lovely.
Autumn yellow-greens include –
- Bright Moss Green
- Bright Grass
- Matcha Green Tea
- Granny Smith Apple
If you are an olive-skinned or green-eyed Autumn this color will look especially good on you. Don’t worry it won’t make your skin look more green. It will harmonize with the green that is already present and the yellow will enhance your naturally golden undertone.
Yellow-Green for Winters
Like Summer this color is much scarcer in Winter. You will find it in the needles of evergreen trees and in the brilliant dancing lights of the Auro Borealis. It’s definitely closer to green as well since it is right at the edge of the spectrum.
Look for shades of –
- Deep Yellow-Green
- Deep Bright Lime
- Pale Lime
Olive-skinned and green-eyed Winters will look especially good in these shades, but of course, all Winters can wear them.
How to Wear Yellow-Green
Wear it as one solid color or in a mix of light and dark. Vary the material textures to keep it interesting. For example, you could wear a deep yellow-green velvet blazer with a fine silk shirt or blouse in a lighter shade, tweed pants in a medium shade, and textured leather shoes again in the deep shade.
Use it as a main color for –
As an accessory color –
- Eyeshadow and/or Nail Polish
Yellow-Green is opposite Red-Violet on the color wheel, therefore, red-violet is its complementary color and will combine beautifully with it. Yellow-green mixes well with violet and pretty much any other color that you want to combine it with since all of the colors work together.
Here are some color combinations for each seasonal type to help give you some ideas –
Spring Yellow-Green Color Combinations –
Spring Green + Deep Bright Rose
Fuschia + Honeydew
Carnation Pink + Mint
Summer Yellow-Green Color Combinations –
Lily Pad + Mauve
Fresh Grass + Plum
Celery + Eggplant
Autumn Yellow-Green Color Combos –
Muted red-Violet + Apple Green
Matcha + Blackberry
Cranberry + Yellow-Green
Winter Yellow-Green Color Combos –
Magenta + Deep Bright Lime
Pale Lime + Hot Pink
Dark Yellow-Green + Deep Fuchsia
Again the above are merely suggestions so feel free to come up with your own combinations. Feel free to share them with us via social media by tagging us on Instagram.