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On red alert or got a crush on orange? Classic sunset shades can vary from coral and pumpkin to tomato red and tangerine. Henderson says: “These hot hues are best worn by women with red or auburn hair and also strawberry blonde to brown with warm red highlights. Eyes are likely to be green, brown or blue. “Darker skins will have an overall golden look with warm tones to the eyebrows.”


Consider the clarity of the colour too, which can differ depending on the material - a matte linen will always be less intense than a shiny silk.


Hot pink


If you love the pinky afterglow of a sunset more than the disappearing ball of fire, work some hot pink into your wardrobe. Fuchsia shades are best suited to women with a ‘blue’ undertone like Kate Middleton, according to Henderson: “These will generally be women with black hair/blue eyes/pinky tones to their skintone. Women with ashy blond hair or greying hair also fit into that category.”


A bright pink can work effectively as an accent shade against black, navy or grey so you can re-work your summery pieces for autumn/winter season.


Monsoon Cherry maxi dress, £49 (0844 8110068/www.monsoon.co.uk).


Sunshine yellow A colour associated with summer, freshness and light, sunny yellows can vary from subtle lemon through to bolder daffodil and canary. “Yellow cabs in NYC stand out. If that’s what you want, wear it head to toe to create cheerfulness,” Henderson says. “For dark hair and dark eyes/bright eyes, brighter shades of yellow are best worn as a contrast with a dark shade or within a print. Any yellow-based colours will be great on auburn/red heads.”


If in doubt, try different shades of yellow close to your face and opt for the one that really brings out your eyes. Clash tactics


Bold colours not punchy enough for you? Go bolder. Clash two or even three colours together for the full sunset spectrum. Orange and hot pink is the hottest combination right now - one is warm, the other cool in tone.


Henderson advises: “These two clashing shades will work best on light (pale blondes) and soft (highlighted hair) colourings in slightly lighter shades and deep (dark hair/dark eyes) and clear (dark hair/bright eyes) colourings in darker shades of orange and hot pink.”


If in doubt, let a print, ombre or colour blocked piece do the clashing for you.


Colour flashes


If bold block colours and clashing prints have you reaching for your sunglasses and taking cover, take the subtle route to sunset chic. You can still wear neutrals and inject brights into your outfit with eye-catching accessories. “Try a colourful handbag, pair of shoes or jewellery instead,” Henderson suggests. “If one shade isn’t enough, there are plenty of two tone bags and shoes to choose from.”


Wearing neutral colours will give you just the right backdrop to let your statement accessory dazzle.


Dune Helium colour contrast platforms, £29.70 at Javari (www.javari.co.uk)


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