Essentialist Colour Guide


 4 Tips For Creating A Custom Colour Capsule

Our custom colour capsules are your chance to curate a selection of Dielle nail polishes that enhance your personal style. You can select the colours that you will bring use with confidence because they suit you and your lifestyle. But caught between avant-garde runway looks and celebrity red carpet trends, it can be confusing to select colours that work for your real life. That’s why we’ve developed this Essentialist Colour Guide to help you narrow in on the fail-safe shades you can turn to time and again.

Because when you know what works for you and why, you’re empowered to make room for more of it in your life. And what could be lovelier than that?

Read on for our essential tips to creating a custom colour capsule, and remember: the colours that look best on you are the ones you wear with confidence. 


Tip 1| Gather Inspiration

The art, design and nature you surround yourself with are clues to the colours and style you’re naturally drawn to. To build your colour capsule, start here:

Select a favourite patterned scarf, dress or textile.



What dominant, accent and neutral colours does it feature? How do these colours make you feel? What makes this composition work well?  

Jot down your notes and do the exercise a few more times with different pieces in your wardrobe or home. After a while, themes will emerge. Use these as a basis for your custom colour capsule.

Top Tip: The colours you love and the ones you feel comfortable with are usually the ones you wear all the time, they are already around you, in your day to day environment, at home, at work. Do feel free to experiment with new colours, maybe ones that get you compliments every time you wear them. 


Tip 2| Evaluate Your Lifestyle 

Your colour capsule should contain a mix of colours that work for everyday life as well as moments where you want to use colour to make a specific statement. 

Ask yourself: 

Do you work in a conservative office or in a creative field? Do you have lots of formal events or do you mostly need looks to make you feel pulled together while doing the school run?

Do you abide by a tightly edited wardrobe or do you have eclectic style that changes with your moods? Does your nail look change seasonally or do you tend to wear the same types of colours year-round?



Understanding your day-to-day style needs will help reveal the staple shades and textures to include in your capsule.  

Top Tip: When you think about your lifestyle, think about any changes you might want to make any new colours you'd like to try, also think about how you'd like to feel in each one of the situations or occasions of your life (confident, polished, sexy) this will help you in your selection for your Colour Capsule. Check out our article: Do You Wear Colour With Confidence?  


Tip 3| Dabble In Colour Theory

Knowing this basic colour theory will help you create intentional beauty looks that enhance your signature style.

Colour theory revolves around the colour wheel. Every colour in existence has a corresponding location on the wheel. That place is called the colour’s “hue.” The hue’s saturation is defined by its proximity to the centre of the wheel. The closer it is to the centre, the less saturated it is. The hue’s brightness has to do with how light or dark the colour is. The darker it is, the blacker it will appear. The lighter it is, the whiter it will appear.


Although we encourage you to freely experiment with colour combinations in your beauty and style, it’s handy to know three, foolproof colour uniforms on the wheel: 

Complementary colours, such as purple and yellow, are opposite each other on the colour wheel. An example of a complementary beauty look is wearing purple nails with an outfit that has lots of golden accents or jewellery.

Monochrome colours are the same hue in different saturation and brightness points. An example of this beauty look is wearing a bright red nail polish on your toes, a salmon pink lipstick and an oxblood leather handbag.

Analogous colours have different but neighbouring hues on the colour wheel, for instance red, peach, and rust. To add further interest to analogous beauty looks, you can switch up the saturation or brightness of any one of the colours.  

Top Tip: In the 80s colour theory was used to dictate which colours suited women according to their skin tone, eye and hair colour. We however we believe that the colours that suit a woman, are the colours that she's feel confident in. So you might feel more confident in muted tones or brighter colours might be your thing and in either case it's beautiful. We use colour theory to give you the tools to make an informed decision not to impose what suits you or doesn't. There is a perfect shade for everyone. Have a look at our post Colour Theory And It Can Work For You.  


Tip 4| Know Your Skin Tone

Our last tip is to mind your skin tone when styling with colour. The same colour can look wildly different on people based on their skin tone. This is why our product pages always feature our nail polishes on women with different skin tones.


If you don’t already know it, an easy way to determine your skin tone is to pull up your sleeves and check your veins. If they look blue, your skin tone is cool. If your veins look green, your skin tone is warm. 

Cool skin tones have red, blue or pink undertones. Warm skin tones have peachy, yellow or golden undertones. Neutral skin tones have a mix of warm and cool undertones.


Returning to the trusty colour wheel, analogous beauty looks will feature different but closely related hues to your skin tone. Such as blues, magentas or burgundies if you have a cool skin tone. These looks are great for times when you want a chic, very polished look.

Complementary beauty looks will feature colours that are opposite to your skin tone in subtle or, sometimes, dramatic ways. An example of this is wearing a cool tone pink if you have warm tone skin. This look is great if you want a pop of colour that makes a real statement.

Top Tip: Click here  to see our more in depth page on Colour And Skin Tone.


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