Introducing Colour Analyst Heather Noakes
August 29, 2013 by Christine Scaman
At the end of May, on behalf of the PCA community, it was my pleasure to welcome Heather to our profession. Today, I am happy to introduce herÂ and her business, Moda In Color, to you. I love to hear the journeys that place us on new paths. Heather’s has ranged from business to flowers, as she will tell you. She brings the Sci\ART method of personal colour analysis to Sacramento, CA and surroundings. She also plans to travel as time permits. You can check her schedule in the Colour Travels section, top of the right column.Â
I love color. Before discovering color analysis, my shopping habits involved trying to find items in a color that I didn’t already have in my closet (or makeup bag). As you can imagine, I had something from every palette. I loved having that versatility through color and initially, it was one thing that held me back a little from wanting to dive into getting a color analysis for myself. Would it take away all the colors I loved?? Although, truthfully, I rarely meet a color I don’t like. In a way, becoming a color analyst has allowed me to “keep” all of these colors. Each and every palette has so much beauty.
I can now see that many of my interests are connected by color; interior decorating, fashion, floral design, makeup. Learning about color analysis and all that it entails has been a fascinating and enlightening process for me. It also allows me to encapsulate so much of what I enjoy into one business. Through finding a woman’s best palette, I can then also offer help in putting together her wardrobe, whether in her home or through suggestions online. For makeup, knowing your season takes away so much of that guessing game of where to even begin and gives you a good reason not to rely on those employees at the makeup counter. I have decided to work mainly with Mary Kay products because of their excellent quality and wonderful customer guarantee, though there will still be a few “mistresses” thrown in. I’ve also added a fun jewelry element to my business that involves a company I’m inspired by because of their practice in sustainability and world-consciousness.
Over the past six years, I’ve worked as a bridal gown consultant and floral designer. After beginning this new career, I started to think of what it was that had drawn me to each of these fields and I discovered what they all had in common- seeing end results. A beautiful bride in her final gown choice or the gorgeous floral bouquet. It makes the process to get there so worth it! This same thing happens with a personal color analysis. When we get to the end of the draping and discover which season brings your beauty to its fullest, all the elements have come together to create something that feels almost magical.
I’m married with two young kids that keep me on my toes. I’ve enjoyed being mainly a stay-at-home mom since the first one was born, but also love to get some “adult time” as often as I can. I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Marketing and Fashion Merchandising. I’ve always loved makeup and clothing. As a young girl, I re-colored all the dresses in my storybooks and some of my most memorable gifts are ones that involved makeup or nail polish. If you asked what I wanted to be when I grew up, you would have gotten the answer, “a fashion designer” and been shown a sketchbook of my designs. That has translated into a love for wearable fashion and a passion for using the skills I have to help women find the colors and clothes that make them feel beautiful and confident.
My first experience with color analysis was in high school. The colors I received in my swatch book seemed too limited so I dismissed it fairly easily. I came across color analysis again in 2011 and saw that there were now eight additional seasons for those with neutral undertones. This seemed smart. A year or so later, I came across the 12 Blueprints blog and became mildly-obsessed with all things color analysis and learned as much as I could from the online format. I researched the different systems, but kept coming back to Sci/ART. It seemed to be practical, uphold certain standards, and the science behind it was reaffirming of the process to me. I obtained Kathryn Kalisz’s book and knew this was something I wanted to do, but needed to see it for myself. I was able to get an appointment with Nikki Bogardus and saw that the process did indeed work.
I’m thrilled to be able to analyze people to help them discover the difference and beauty that the right colors can make, both physically and emotionally. I believe it’s important to present yourself in the best way possible. If you let your inner beauty present itself on the outside as well, people will see and respond positively to that. I’m honored to help women (and men) on this journey.
The picture above is from Heather’s 1920′s-inspired wedding. Custom-made dress, beautiful jewelry. I find this a visually remarkable picture.
It was a pleasure Â and an honour to be Heather’s teacher in becoming a colour analyst. I have great admiration for young women who are tuned into their passion and follow an opportunity as soon as it gets close enough. That kind of wisdom is a beautiful thing – as is the family support that finds a way to bring them here for 5 days and enrich their lives forever. Heather is calm, positive, so pleasant, and very sensible, with an incredibly discerning eye for colour, surprisingly so. She can stay faithful to her own convictions, a very important skill for a colour analyst.
Heather had purchased her own set of drapes from another company prior to being trained, and had added some fabrics she chose herself. While here, we talked extensively about how to harmonize colours for their Sci\ART Seasons, which Heather did with her drapes as soon as she arrived home. She has a thorough understanding of the 3 colour dimensions and how to apply them to drapes and to human faces. I feel very comfortable that your analysis with her will be accurate.
Heather’s business has been added to the 12 Blueprints Analyst Directory for the Sacramento area of California. You can visit more with Heather at her website, modaincolor.com