The more complicated answer is that not every single color in your palette will look good in every application.
For example, my Soft Autumn tan isn't great on me as a shirt, because that's the same color as my skin and it makes me look naked. (Generally, wearing tops or bottoms in the same color as your skin tone is a non-starter for daytime, because of the "nude" effect. Go a few shades lighter or darker.)
But my SA tan is great for me in makeup, and as an accent color.
My lightest pink isn't my best lippie, because it's lighter than my lips, but it's pretty as lingerie.
Consider, also, your style identity: certain hues make certain impressions, and you 'll want to make an impression that's consistent with your personal style.
For example, because I'm an Ethereal Natural, the majority of my wardrobe consists of Soft Autumn browns, blues, greens, gentle metallics, and dawn/dusk hues. I rarely wear my Soft Autumn pinks in large blocks because the impression they create is more girly than I am. (Though I love my pinks as lipsticks and blushes.) I almost never wear a large block of my Soft Autumn red, because the impression it makes is more aggressive than I am. (Though, again, I would wear it in makeup.)
A Soft Autumn with a lot of Ingenue would want to focus on those pinks. And a Soft Autumn with a lot of Dramatic would look great in big blocks of Soft Autumn red.
Check out your style type's Shopping Guide for more information about which colors from your seasonal palette to focus on.
And if you're not sure about your seasonal palette, consider trying the Home Draping Cards; a lot of women have found them helpful.
If you know your season, are there particular colors that you've found you can only wear in certain applications?
Or if you know your style type, are there particular colors that you've found best fit with your overall vibe?
Please share in the comments!
Originally published July 2017.