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5 Colours mature women should never wear

5 Colours mature women should never wear

Here are 5 colours to avoid

Most of us have heard about Colours. Getting your colours done, wearing colours that suit you.

The seasonal colour palettes. Looking good in your colours. It goes on and on.

How committed are people to wearing their colours? Do people really know what colours suit them?

Not really. And there is a whole lot of reasons for that. One’s that I will not go into in this blog.

But the big question is. If you look fabulous, great, younger, slimmer, more attractive in your colours then why don’t you wear them?

Like I said there is a lot I can say about colour, but as a colour professional/specialist, this blog is all about colours that are a big no no when we age.

5 Colours to avoid looking older

So many women have come to me over the years and explained there are certain colours that “just don’t look good on me anymore”

Or "I have to wear a scarf or something to break this colour up because it’s too dark, heavy or dull?"

So today I'm just going to name 5 of the big offending colours every mature woman should avoid if she doesn’t want to look old and frumpy.

See if you relate to any of these.

No 1. Electric Blue.

wrong colours

Why is this colour offender no 1?

Electric blue is bright and strong and it looks just like that on you. It stands out way to much and it’s not the type of attention you’re looking for

No 2. Orange

Wrong colours

Orange can either be a primary orange or a warm dull colour. It can either be too bright or too heavy.

Again you don’t want to look too bright or too heavy.

So avoid all oranges. Is there an orange type you can wear? 

Yes there is and your colour analysis will reveal that

No 3. Primary Red.

Wrong Colours

One of my sayings as a colour consultant is “if it’s too bright it’s not right”.

That’s what I say about MOST reds. Not all but most are too bright.

Think bright red lipstick. Not a good look for an older women.

Another reason why I avoid bright reds is many people just mix it with black.

A very frumpy combo for mature women.

No 4 Bright yellow

wrong colours

Again another colour that’s way too bright. Many clients shy away from yellow for

good reasons. But I always assure them there are some yellows that look fantastic

on them. Yellow can be really fresh and lovely. Especially in their casual wear.

Yellow is certainly a very summery colour so let your colour analysis determine

the best yellows to wear.


No 5 Black

wrong colour

Coming in as the key offender for mature women in colours not to wear is black

I know many think black is stylish, chic, slimming, evergreen, elegant, goes with everything, etc etc. But here is the kicker.

Take a photo of yourself in black.

Take a good hard look at it.

Ask yourself these questions.

Do I look dull? Does the black show shadow around my eyes, chin? Do I appear to

have more wrinkles? Do I look aged? Is this boring on me?

I could go on, but I rest my case.

Black is not flattering on older women and black does not go with every colour. In

fact it really only truly goes with the dominant cool colours.


Hope you've enjoyed this blog.

Try this and see for yourself and give me some comments about what you find.

Love to hear from you Ros Your Colours and Style




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Your Colours and style

Your Colours and your style

How do your colours affect your style? Colour is key to your image success. In fact I would have to say, as an image consultant colour contributes to as much as 80% to your total look. Sadly most women are not realising their full image and style potential simply because they are unaware of the multiplicity of gorgeous and stunning colours that will bring them to life. As a mature colour consultant my passion is for women to look their best all the time in their colours.

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7 Steps to Image Success-Lesson 2-Cull your wardrobe

7 Steps to Image Success-Lesson 2-Cull your wardrobe

Cull your wardrobe using your swatch

Seasonal colour swatch

To achieve Image Success it's important to follow certain steps.

In Step 1 in the last blog, I discussed having an accurate colour analysis.

This is the Key that unlocks your true Image potential and shows you how to wear colours that flatter who you are.

Once you have had your colours done, you will receive a seasonal Colour swatch.

Follow this link to see the colour swatches available.


Only 4 seasonal colour palettes

I personally only endorse the 4 seasonal colours, as every known colour can be allocated into only 4 groups

So many are confused with the plethora of colour systems and swatches

Incorrect colour swatches

Note the swatch below called Dark Autumn actually has colours from every season.

Wrong colours in seasonal colour swatches

If you're not sure about your colours feel free to contact Your Colours and Style for an accurate colour analysis and swatch.

Your colours are endless

Your swatch is an excellent tool to determine the many fabulous colours that suit you. With over 16 million colours, you will find that an huge number of those colours belong in your palette.

Even though the palette has only 32 colours, learning to work your colour palette is a must, as it reveals the diversity of colours available to you.

If you're not sure of your "colour rules" please contact me and I will email them to you.

You look best in your colours

Wearing all your colours is so liberating to your Image. You will loo younger, slimmer, more attractive and more stylish.

As a colour consultant my goal is to teach my clients how to do that well. When I say ALL your colours, there are literally thousands of choices.

In the last blog I outlined how to find all your colour choices by using your swatch correctly.

Personal style

Remove all the wrong colours from your wardrobe

The wrong colours

Have you noticed a mixture of colours in your wardrobe that do not go together or "flow"?

Mixing everything with black for example is a real no no.

Not everything goes with black. In this image you have a warm teal colour from the Autumn Palette and a black from the Winter Palette. This is the best way to look drab and dull.

This is a real image breaker. It's best to coordinate only from your colour palette.

So the first thing is to remove all the items in your wardrobe that are not in your palette.

This may be brutal as you grieve over the things that hold sentimental and monetary value.

If this is too difficult, I always suggest placing them in another room until you grow with your new colours and the "new you"

Interestingly enough, the new you may take a little while to get used to as you are familiar with your old look.

Old being the operative word, because you will look older in the wrong colours. 

Holding on to items that are not in the right colours' sets you up to fail.

Your capsule wardrobe should "flow"

How do you build a great capsule wardrobe?

By using only the right colours.

Once you place the right colours in your wardrobe everything with go together and everything will look fabulous on you.

You'll look great from top to toe.

mature style

Start building with your basics.

So many stylists tell their clients their basics are black and white and so they build a wardrobe around the dominant cool colours that only go with black.

You're basics are the classics in your neutral colours first, and then items in your fashion colours.

Jeansfashion mature womenmature fashion

Choose the neutral shades in your swatch and begin building with those.

Just that one pair of jeans in your colours will go with every shirt, every jumper and every jacket.

This is how you are going to have so many outfits with so few garments.

Of course you can then grab one or 2 pairs of shoes and even 1 bag in any of your colours and you'll be surprised at how many outfits one thing can go with.

Maroon bag
I hope you're finding these tips helpful. Just go with your swatch and cull your wardrobe and I'll see you with the Lesson 3 of 7 steps to your Image transformation.


Please contact Your Colours and style if you find you need help with any of these steps.










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Are you a 40 plus woman that feels like she's lost the proverbial fashion plot?

With a wardrobe full of drab, boring, black and depressing clothes.

Do you hate shopping? Feel you look yuk most of the time and really are quiet discouraged about the way you look?

Take heart my darling, you are not alone, if that makes you feel any better.

How many other 40 plus women do you see in the same sinking boat?

Who looks good

Really take a look around and who can you find that looks good?

If you're looking for your ques from your friends perhaps you're looking in the wrong place.

Have you noticed even the rich, famous, slim and beautiful women can have those bad days as well. Where their hair, make up and dress sense seems to have gone totally awry.

So don't take your ques from the stars either. They too can get it wrong.

My 3 courses for top to toe style.

Here are my 3 courses that will answer all your style, colour, image questions.

No 1 How to build a functional and stylish wardrobe.

Gets you fixed with colour and the right styles that look awesome on you

Class no 2. Youthful make up at any age.

Learn the top tips for a more youthful and attractive appearance in this hands on class

Introducing class no 3

So because these 2 classes have been so popular and transforming, I thought I would top it off with this class to put it all together.

Here is a little more information and I hope you can follow the link if you are anywhere near Jannali and book into these classes.

Or you may want to attend a class at my home in Ramsgate or have a group of your own .

Class outline

Many women say they have lost the plot when it comes to their fashion and style once they reach 40.

Join this fun and interesting class to help you achieve your ultimate image goals.

Leading colour consultant and stylist for mature women Ros Holden has been transforming thousands of women for over a decade with the top secret tips.


This Course can be considered a follow up to or a stand alone class:

No 1 “How to build a function and stylish wardrobe”
No 2 "Youthful make up at any age
Once you’ve gathered tips, skills and information from these other 2 courses, you’re now ready to complete your top to toe make over.

Course Outline:

  • The secret to your Image success
  • How to adopt the secret
  • What to do with your hair
  • Recapping on the make up
  • What’s in your wardrobe
  • What should be in your wardrobe
  • Working with the 3 outfits. Is it or is it not working
  • Your total "signature style"

Learning Outcomes:

  • Suitable hair colour and styles
  • The right make up for you
  • How to cull your wardrobe successfully
  • What to include in your wardrobe
  • How to dress your shape
  • How to dress your age
  • How to accessorize
  • What is your signature style

What to bring:

  • It would be helpful if you bring up to 3 outfits that we can work with on the day.
  • You’re very welcome to include shoes and accessories as well.

About the Tutor:

“I have been a professional Colour Consultant, Image Consultant and Personal Shopper and Stylist for 13 years.

During this time I have literally seen thousands of women transform from top to toe in their true colours.

It's my passion to see women find their own unique signature style and true confidence in their personal image that I share with every class I teach.” Ros

There are places available

If there isn't a class to suit you, please



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Foundation for mature women

How to choose the right foundation for mature skin

The right foundation colour for mature skin

Choosing a foundation that's right for your skin colour is a problem many women face.

There are 1000's of shades of foundation on the market and lots of different brands and formulas. How are you going to choose the right one? 

Is there a foundation that can make you look younger and more glamorous without looking like a made up doll?

And what can you do to avoid making the make up mistakes that are so common?

Colour is the main thing.

How many times have you purchased a foundation and not been happy with it?

Have you EVER been happy with your foundation?

Do you feel you look younger, fresher and attractive in your foundation?

Here are a few key tips that will ensure you make the best choice for make up confidence.

5 top tips for choosing the right colour foundation

  1. Colour is the key. Foundation needs to match your “under” skin tone to look natural. Make up artists and colour consultants use different techniques to determine what colours are best for you. But when it comes to foundation for mature women, my 13 years of experience tells me that beige, neutral and pink tones are more flattering to older women.

 Flattering foundation


  1. Choose a foundation you cannot see on the skin. This sounds counter intuitive but a lustrous skin look is gained with a foundation that isn’t detectable on the face.


  1. Apply a sheer layer of make up. Foundation looks more natural if it’s applied very thinly and not like a mask


  1. Don’t go to light. To avoid a wishy washy look that makes you look tired and lacklustre don’t choose a foundation shade that is too light or white


 Make up is too light and white

  1. Don’t choose a colour that’s too dark or orange.

 Many make up manufacturers use a base that is very yellow or orange. Young women seem to like this look, but it gives a heavy coverage and a dark, heavy and aged look

 Make up too orangey and dark


 YCS Foundations

Foundations for mature skin in the right colours.

YCS Foundations are amazing for mature women.

The creamy textures work well with drier skins particularly.

The wonderful thing about YCS Foundation is 3-4 shades will suit almost every woman, relieving all the stress of going through hundreds of colours to choose the right one for you.

Most mature women will need an oil based foundation for a dewy finish. Very few woman over the age of 40 have an oily skin. If you do, you can easily choose an oil free formula.

Here is how to get the right shade

01 is for light skin tone

02 is for medium skin tone

03 is for deep skin tone

04 is for dark skin tone.

The 3 formulas above FH Hydrating formula, Cover all foundation and wet and dry foundation can be used on it’s own or as a light dusting powder.

So choose the formula you like.

Eg. Hydrating formula. If you are light you will be FH01, Medium FH02, Deep FH03 very dark FH32.

Cover all foundation

Light #201

Medium #202

Dark #203

Deep #204

Wet and dry

Light #31

Medium #32

Dark #45

You also can have your colour matched over the phone.

All products are 100% Money back guarantee or you can change your colour for the next shade.

For further information

Contact Your Colours and style



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