Are All My Season Colours Perfect For Me?

October 3, 2012 by  

Yes.

Are Some Of My Season Colours Better On Me?

No.

But you may have many reasons for thinking they are.

I do in my own Season. Some I adore. Some I wear a lot because they work in my favour. There’s a green or two I’ll never own in a big block.

But not one detracts, distorts, darkens, dulls, and so on.

Why would they? How could they? They all live in me already.

 

 

To be clear about the photographs: I cannot tell your colouring accurately from photos. I am not saying that nobody can. Could be they are better at it than me.

(What do you think about the video’s colours? YouTube decided they needed ‘adjusting’. I think they added darkness/warmth/saturation. I like the saturation but find the others too yellow and dark. Does it look normal to you?)

Comments

20 Responses to “Are All My Season Colours Perfect For Me?”

  1. Gates on October 3rd, 2012 12:23 pm

    “Are some of my season colors better on me? … No” I need time to absorb that one.

    As for coloring in the video – to me, your face looks a little yellower than usual perhaps? The shirt and tie look uber UBER Yang.

    thanks so much for taking the time to do these videos.

  2. Anabel on October 3rd, 2012 1:59 pm

    What a great video, as always. :-)

    What if you lean cool/warm within your season? I lean cool within DW and I find the yellow and green strip is not as great on me as the other ones.

    Also, could you tell us which make-up you used, it looks wonderful!

  3. Anabel on October 3rd, 2012 1:59 pm

    What a great video, as always. :-)

    What if you lean cool/warm within your season? I lean cool within DW and I find the yellow and green strip is not as great on me as the other ones.

    Also, could you tell us which make-up you used, it looks wonderful!

  4. Lindsay E. on October 3rd, 2012 3:33 pm

    Wow! – this is by far the most vibrant, the most YOU I’ve seen you look so far. The strict shirt and gorgeously coloured tie work so well – much better IMVHO than the flowered dress in the recent Behaviour of Light vid. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=csatkG6nXts&feature=player_embedded

  5. inge on October 3rd, 2012 10:43 pm

    This shows how much we depend on our tastes. :-) I like Christine’s colours in both videos, but I like her so very much in the floral dress. She looks wonderful in both, this is clear. But I’ve always liked the pattern in her dress, and have never been very happy to see women wearing neckties. It is just my taste here, as simply as that, no science here.

    So Christine, you look wonderful!

  6. Trisha on October 4th, 2012 1:08 am

    I think maybe the facial tone is a little yellow, but love the deep, dark, saturation of the hair colour and the cut of it too. I like the shirt and tie, this is the best I’ve seen you! Yes, it is quite yang and strict looking, but also very edgey and chic, very French – I imagine this is more you anyway. I much prefer this to flowers, which are a bit of a cliche on many women.

  7. inge on October 4th, 2012 6:34 am

    Touchée, Trisha. :-) Yet the pattern is not quite floral, but paisley pattern, which of Asian origin, and has a note of luxury in it. The yang necktie looks very nice on Christine, as well, true.

  8. Gates on October 4th, 2012 6:59 pm

    sorry christine – there is a femininity to you that the shirt and tie suppresses :) Not that you asked any of our opinions on your outfit or anything…..you must be having fun experimenting. ;) How did YOU feel in the shirt and tie?

  9. AC on October 5th, 2012 7:50 am

    Thank you for doing videos as well. I find you are very gifted in writing – I have noticed that many other women think the same about your articles :-)
    I think the reason I like the videos is that it is tutorial in a different way than the writing. There is a gentleness there, that I like a lot (I am not talking outfit, but how you convey the message).
    The written statement “are some of … my colours better on me? No” provoked me very much. In the video you say, that some of them are going to be magnificent (or some other word with same meaning) – and that is exactly how I see it. So in that sense, some colours do indeed bring out something even better, do they not? Even if all are perfect in the sense that they match the skin and work with the persons inherent colouring rather than against it.
    I guess a blue eyed woman of any season will often have her blue eyes intensified even more by her seasons blue colours. The green eyed woman will experience the same with her greens.
    Though I am myself still uncertain of my season at least trying out these colours gives me the opportunity of often pleasant surprises. Yesterday I bought a lipstick from the list – it looked so dark in the tube I wouldn’t have tried it on, had I not had the name on a list. It looks very natural I must say.

  10. Christine Scaman on October 5th, 2012 12:16 pm

    A shirt and tie are quite Yang, aren’t they? I couldn’t find a less masculine design in my colours when I was looking but I don’t mind the stripes. A jacket with it, that could be even Yang-er. I like wearing shirts and ties. I like so much about the man’s world, it’s easy and gets noticed without having to do nearly the work we women put up with.
    I see unbelievable women every day. And they come with so many self-imposed controls, so much carefulness. Dark Autumns going around trying to be ordinary when they’re the world’s least ordinary beings, you know? That’s something I love about Carol Tuttle is that she throws her arms open and takes it all without apology or caution.
    Why such control? “My husband doesn’t like makeup”…when nobody is less reliable (save perhaps Mom) and more invested in keeping us the same, not from a desire to suppress, he’s just grappling with his own fear of the unknown. Why can’t we stand as tall and strong as we are instead of always thinking it will hurt someone before we’ve even tried it?
    I think I like a tie because it IS distracting. It keeps things a little off balance and sets up the question “Can she back it up?” After that, it’s up to me to make sure the answer’s YES. In work situations, a shirt and tie keeps me behaving the way I want to.
    You know me, Gates, I overdo everything a little. Too much eyeliner, too red a lip. Why tone down glamour? Does it compromise power? I don’t think so. Too much skin compromises power but I’m undecided about glamour. I enjoy thinking about the line between glamour and going to the bar. Glamour is some special kind of allure that doesn’t deal in fear or needy-ness.
    Also, how do we know our limits till we visit them? I’d rather push the borders outwards. Otherwise, I feel like a horse just put into a field with electric fencing, all crowded in the center and afraid to take a step in case I get a zap. I’m ok with zaps. Being wrong, looking silly, I’ll do any of it to find out where right is.
    Appreciate the feedback :)

  11. Lena on October 5th, 2012 4:48 pm

    I love the menswear shirt and tie. It has Marlene Dietrich-like glamour. You look great in it, Christine. It’s not “too much” at all.

    I ventured into new waters recently when I went to the opera wearing a Bright Spring red dress and Revlon’s “Ravish Me Red” lipstick. After living for years in Autumn camel and feeling like a little mouse, the Bright Spring colors suddenly brought me to life. It was amazing. I really felt like a different person – powerful and sexy. I have always “played it safe” before but not this time. The experience was wonderfully freeing! And I got lots of compliments.

  12. Gates on October 5th, 2012 5:41 pm

    Great feedback Christine! Love it.

    If you were a girlfriend in my home in your shirt and tie outfit – I would tie you down and make your top half (hair) match the bottom half (shirt and tie). In other words – right now if I took a pencil and made an outline of the shape your hair is making is has soft, rounded corners…I would take out the straightening iron and throw in some pomade and give you a straight, definite part line and give you a slick, yangy hairstyle to match the tie. :)

    The problem is, because I can’t see you or imagine you or have never seen you in that type of hairstyle – you seem to suit a little ’rounding’ of the corners – for the same reason, the feeling I get is that the top half is somehow not balancing out the yangyness of the bottom half. Everything on the bottom is straight, straight, straight – but not the top. Perhaps if the hair is smoother, or cut a more definite line, or was parted.

    Anyway – little did you know you would be up for such intricate inspection! :) I think its fantastic you are pushing your limits and trying things out and experimenting, something we all need to do more of!

  13. inge on October 5th, 2012 7:19 pm

    Christine,, maybe the problem is not that the white shirt and blue tie are Yang, or complex things like that. It just looks too much like an uniform. One almost feels the impulse to search for the passport.

  14. Christine Scaman on October 6th, 2012 3:02 am

    This is a good discussion.

    Totally with you on the hair being too rounded. The lines are not the same in the top and bottom half.

    And about the uniform. Fully agree. I don’t dislike that though. Men’s suits are uniforms too.

    After a colour analysis, clients receive newsletters showing various items from the retail world with explanations of why I chose them. I don’t want them to buy the item. What I want the person to think about is: “What about this item caused Christine include it in my newsletter, not one of the 11 others?”

    Our apparel should be ours for a reason. Though not all would agree, and I get that it’s a matter of degrees, I feel as though the shirt and tie have some reasons for being on me. They may not express every truth about me but they do express some things that are very true. A bit overboard? Sure. But so am I.

    Don’t worry about the scrutiny for a moment. I understand that we’re talking about an image, not me-the-person. And even if it were me the person, I’m OK with that too.

  15. inge on October 6th, 2012 5:28 am

    Christine, it is only about the imagine, and perhaps more than that, but nothing to do with colour analysis. I guess this discussion touched some sensitive chord, like what it means to look like a woman, to be one. And once this discussion has been started … :-) :-)

    Have a nice week-end!

  16. Willow on October 6th, 2012 12:57 pm

    I am wondering what your response would be to AC’s observation: “The written statement “are some of … my colours better on me? No” provoked me very much. In the video you say, that some of them are going to be magnificent (or some other word with same meaning) – and that is exactly how I see it. So in that sense, some colours do indeed bring out something even better, do they not? Even if all are perfect in the sense that they match the skin and work with the persons inherent colouring rather than against it.”

    I feel the same way so am eagerly awaiting your comments!

  17. Christine Scaman on October 7th, 2012 10:22 am

    When I say they are magnificent, I mean it from a more technical perspective, in the sense that I use them almost as confirmation of the Tone. I expect dark green to be excellent for bringing out eye colour in the blue or green eyed Soft Summer, while the burgundy drape in that set does the same for the brown-eyed Soft Summer.

    That’s not to say they’re my favorite colours of the collection. They’re not.

    It’s not to say that she doesn’t look more beautiful, vibrant, or interesting in some of the other colours. She does according to my taste. Someone else would say different.

    That’s not to say those are the only green or burgundy wine that would be anticipated to have those effects on that colouring. No 2 Sci\ART analysts have the very same drapes. My greens are not the same as Maytee’s or Nikki’s, though they fit in the Season perfectly. Would Maytee say the same of her green and burgundy on Soft Summer? I don’t know, we’ve never talked about it.

    Of the Final Drapes, whether I or anyone loves the colour or not, they are equally harmonious. Some will become the workhorses of the wardrobe, some will become the jewels and accents. But each plays an important role. We can’t wear only jewels.

    A large part of the communication of each Tone comes from the whole collection viewed at once. After all, that’s what you look like…all the colours viewed at once. To weed out some of them removes their ability to express some part of you. The person, the palettes, and the outfits have more to say as a whole than divided up into parts. Excluding your tan rose just because it’s not as glorious as the blue others always comment on shaves off an element of interest that participates in the complete expression of the design.

    To me, we’re trying to portray the whole universe of the light energy radiated by one being. Our world needs earth, bark, coal, and dust just as much as it needs emeralds and mangoes.

    I think that when we narrow ourselves down too much, or ask someone else to do so, we miss the big picture. We get so busy evaluating every single tree that the forest isn’t the rich tapestry it could be.

  18. Tina on October 8th, 2012 8:37 am

    It still amazes me how color, though silent, evokes the strongest of emotional responses. The illustration of the tapestry is a good one……if my Mom does needlework, eliminating a color she does not like personally will make the image much less dimensional to look at…but when the color is used properly, the design is as the original creator intended.

  19. Nirmala on October 9th, 2012 1:34 am

    Wow! The shirt and tie sure has thrown the proverbial cat amongst the pigeons! I personally love it all (the hair, the makeup, the shirt and tie). There is a really good article on yuku colour connection concerning this- having read it recently makes me realise why everyone is reacting so strongly to this! http://seasonalcolor.yuku.com/topic/246/Kibbe-On-Exploring-Resistance-to-your-Image-Identity
    I love the short answer about which colours look best!!! It really is a question of taste and personal preference isn’t it? What I love about the palettes, is that they basically demonstrate that everyone can wear their OWN version of every colour out there (except for a few exceptions, like orange on a cool summer) because all those colours are already in us. Has anyone read David Zyla’s book? I think there may be some clues there, in that we basically have our own power colours, since each individual has their own combo of eye/hair/skin colours. I like to take the SSu palette and see which of the blue/greens are my eye colour, which of the taupes are my hair colour, which of the pinks are my lip colour, etc… it helps me build my own picture of myself- my core colours, and then the other colours in the palette can revolve around those fundementals.

  20. Christine Scaman on October 9th, 2012 3:27 am

    Nirmala, that’s a fabulously good post. Every woman I know will find herself there, find strength, feel better, and see herself as others do, in a much more balanced way than she sees herself. I did.

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