I love colour. But I didn’t realise how much until a few years ago. Significant life events and a journey of self discovery have led me to this and I haven’t looked back.
After helping my two beautiful daughters become amazing human beings (they can claim some credit), I found myself wondering who I was. It started externally; with my wardrobe, my make up bag and my hair. Black, drab clothes hung forlornly in the old pine dresser; my usual foundation, blush and lipstick had mysteriously turned into various shades of ‘nude’ and the grey was springing forth in my tired, dull hair. A chance reading of an article in a magazine found me Googling ‘Colour Consultants’. I avoided the franchises and their slick corporate strap lines and went for the lady with just her name, address and phone number on the screen. Her voice was lovely; she spoke with knowledge and confidence and I booked in immediately.
She showed me the colours which suited my skin tone by swishing large drapes of over 150 different colours under my bare face and covered hair. The changes to my face were dramatic. Some brought the blue, green, or grey out beautifully in my mixed up irises, some gave my skin a healthy glow and some darkened my skin and washed me out. She showed me the right colour blush and lipstick and I skipped out happily with my colour wallet of perfect swatches to shop and fill my wardrobe with colour!
That was 10 years ago. So much has changed for me since then. After my session and after accompanying many friends and family members to their consultations, I decided to do it myself. I could see it so clearly and wanted everyone else to know what I know, so I started my business from home in September 2011. As my confidence grew and after rediscovering my love of art, my methods have evolved and I now work more organically. No rules or labels, just information. We all should know this about ourselves.
So, here is a quick guide. Let’s take a look at your skin tone, depth and clarity.
Our skin tone is cool or warm, or a balance of the two. Cool is pink, warm is peach. If anything with a yellow tone makes you look sallow, it’s likely you have a cool skin tone. If blue toned colours make your cheeks flush in an unhealthy, ruddy way, then you’ll be warm. The most obvious sign that you have a warm skin tone is if your hair is red/auburn or golden, you may have freckles and green, blue or brown eyes. If you have dark hair, blue or brown eyes and porcelain skin, you’ll be cool. It’s not always clear at first sight. Getting those colours up against your skin is the best way. You could do it at home! Be objective. Look in the mirror in daylight.
Depth is simply light or dark. If light colours wash you out and dark colours don’t, then your colours are deep. If dark colours bring shadows to your face and light colours brighten you, then you are light. It really is as simple as that.
Clarity is if you suit clear/bright or soft/muted colours. I see this as a competition between you and that colour. If the colour walks in to the room ahead of you, you lost! If it washes you out and makes you look drab, then the colour lost. The competition is won when you are both in harmony.
Of the three qualities, one of those will be your main feature. If the colour isn’t quite perfect, you can make it work for you by playing that up. I am bright/clear, light and balanced. If I find something that isn’t in my wallet, but it is bright, then it can work for me. I encourage my clients to play around. My job is to show you so you can see it for yourself and make it your own.
Colour also matches your personality and body shape. More on that next time!