As we reach part seven of our series on color and the end of the rainbow and color wheel we find ourselves in the Violet and Red-Violet range.
Red-violet is the main undertone found in the cool seasonal color types of Summer and Winter so if you fall into either one of these categories the red-violet shades in your color palette will be especially flattering on you and will greatly enhance your natural coloring.
If you are a warm seasonal color type these colors will be equally flattering on you since they are complementary to your yellow and yellow-orange undertones. More on this later…
The meanings behind these two colors and the look that is projected when you wear them is as follows –
So keep the above in mind when wearing either one of these hues. These can be good colors to wear to a job interview or an important meeting or event.
The Best Violets and Red-Violets for Winters
The violets in the Winter color palette are mostly bright and deep. A couple of the purples in this palette are actually muted but they have a deep value (how light or dark a color is) which is in harmony with Winter’s natural coloring. Winter is the darkest time of year with the shortest days hence the overall deep value of the palette.
The red-violets range from lighter hot pinks to deep but bright and intense fuchsias. You will find these pinks in your skin tone and you may have red-violet highlights in your hair or even in your eyes if you have a deeper eye color.
Winters best shades are as follows –
- Light Hot Pink/Sunrise Pink
- Very Deep Hot Pink
- Deep Hot Pink
- Deep Magenta
- Deep Fuchsia
- Twilight Mauve (medium-deep muted red-violet)
- Deep Intense Red-Violet
- Medium-Deep (slightly muted) Lavender
- Medium-Deep Periwinkle
- Medium-Deep Bright Violet
- Very Deep Purple
You will find these colors during this time of year in the dusk and dawn, colorful light displays of the Arora Borealis, and even in some of the flowers that bloom in Winter such as Phlox.
The Best Violets and Red-Violets for Springs
Spring’s violets are higher in chroma (how bright or soft a color is) than those in the Winter palette. Even the deepest shade has an intense brightness peaking through. The red-violets are also brighter in general and contain a little less blue which warms them up just enough so that they are in harmony with the mainly warm undertones of Springs. Mother nature makes no mistakes and knows exactly what she is doing.
These colors will enhance the natural warm pink tones in your skin. Even if you are super pale or have a deeper skin tone these shades are there. This is one of the things I love about color. Some shades are not always visible to the naked eye right away. They can be sneaky and surprise you. This is why comparing colors is so important especially when you are trying to figure out your color type.
The most flattering violets and red-violets for Springs are…
- Carnation Pink
- Hot Pink
- Azalea Pink
- Bright Rose
- Medium Red-Violet (more red than violet)
- Deep Red-Violet (again more on the red than the violet side)
- Light Magenta
- Bright Magenta
- Bright Lavender
- Bright Violet/Hyacinth
- Deep Bright Red-Violet (dark purple with a bright fuchsia undertone)
You will find these colors in the many gorgeous flowers that bloom in springtime as pictured above. The light in springtime is at its brightest hence the overall bright and light quality of the colors in this palette.
The Best Violets and Red-Violets for Summers
Just like Winters, red-violet is the main undertone found in Summer coloring the chroma is just a bit more muted. Therefore the red-violets in the Summer color palette are very harmonizing. You may find cool red highlights in the hair and darker eyes may be a red-brown because of this.
The violets are a bit softer and have more blue than those in the springtime of course since the light has changed and is gradually getting lower and softer especially in late summer as the season moves towards autumn and the darker time of year.
Summers best violets and red-violets are as follows –
- Cotton Candy Pink/Pastel Pink
- Hibiscus Pink
- True Pink
- Rose Pink
- Soft Fuchsia
- Beet Root
- Eggplant Purple
You find these colors in nature as pictured above in the fruits and flowers of the summer season as well as the beautiful soft twilight skies.
The Best Violets and Red-Violets for Autumns
The Autumn violets and red-violets are medium to deep in value the chroma is a bit softer and the colors are a little less cool than those found in Summer. Since the main undertone of Autumn’s skin and hair is yellow-orange these hues are complementary and help to enhance the lovely golden tones. They also coordinate nicely with the other warm tones of the autumn season as you can see in the pictures above.
Autumn’s best violets and red-violets are…
- Deep Rose
- Slightly Muted Medium Magenta
- Turnip Purple/Antiqued Violet
- Soft Deep Red-Violet
- Deep Purple
- Medium Violet
- Concord Grape
These colors can be seen as shown above in the lovely fruits and flowers of Autumn.
How to Wear Violet and Red-Violet for Your Seasonal Color Type
The violets and red-violets in your color palette are very versatile. You can wear them all over or you can just use them as a nice accent color. The choice is yours and as with fashion and beauty, in general, it is all about personal preference.
As a general rule of thumb, you can use these hues for –
- Suits, Jackets, and Coats
- Dresses/Evening Wear
- Ties, Hats, Scarves, Shoes, Belts, Handbags, and other accessories
- Makeup like eyeshadow and lipstick
- Nail Polish
For color combining as I mentioned earlier, these shades are opposite Yellow and Yellow-Orange on the color wheel so for a complementary color scheme you can blend these. Of course, they work well with all of the other colors in your palette as well. Purple and green look nice together red-violet and red, violet and blue, wear them with any of your neutral colors. The sky’s the limit!
Winter Violet Color Combinations
Violet Sunset + Winter Sun
Magenta + Sunset Yellow
Twilight Lavender + Hot Pink Sunrise
Spring Violet Color Combinations
Fuchsia + Golden Mist
Lilac + Daffodil
Rhubarb + Deep Bright Rose
Summer Violet Color Combinations
Mauve + Banana
Plum + Summer Squash
Violet + Orchid
Autumn Violet Color Combinations
Soft Deep Rose + Chanterelle
Blackberry + Golden Sunset
Concord Grape + Purple Aster
What are some of your favorite ways to wear these colors? Leave a comment below! I would love to hear from you.