Oaken armor (T3 heavy) awkward dyeing options
I don’t think it’s a waste, but it is limiting. Here’s mine. Note the dull grey areas — those come from her dark bark, even though her armor generally should be cream/gold. Still she looks amazing in it. I just wish her torso took on the creamier look of other parts of the armor, as the grey just doesn’t match.
I should probably add that my sylvari’s skin color is the brightest of the red colors. It’s such a stand-out color where it’s repeated on the armor, that the only way to make it look right is to dye the rest of it in similar colors. It clashes horribly with anything else. I ended up going where the bright red led me, and it looks fine. It’s just a completely different look than I had in mind.
Judging from your screenshots, more low key skin colors open up more viable options, so I guess this isn’t a huge issue for most people. I’m still not happy about how this armor works though.
Try red + blue, red+ green or red + turquoise. With the right shade, they create a lovely complimentary scheme. Here’s some palette ideas: