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The ever-expanding cosmetic collection has brought in Cheeky, a fantastic coral pink blush for Soft Summer, and Liaison, a lovely warm burgundy for True and Soft Summer.
Stunning Colours 2015
Version 1.0, the 3 Great Colours post from 2011, is linked here.
The sequence in which the colour journey has unfolded is intriguing. Today I understand why it had to be this way, but I have not always.
People of the same colouring type can have very different natural appearances or pigmentation. The palette, or Season, is the paintbox. You are a Bright Spring who got the yellow and blue in your eyes, your son is a Bright Spring who got the strong caramel and green in his eyes, your sister… It doesn’t matter where each colour went in each person in the group, only that they were all painted from that paintbox. They will all react to testing colours in the same way from a technical perspective. They might not all wear their palette identically to express their most authentic self.
I was 2 years into PCA when I wrote RTYNC (the blue book in the left column). If most books are obsolete about 6 months after they’re written and that one is 4 years old, how much of its content would I agree with today? All of it actually, the difference between then and now being the complexity of the landscape that surrounds the words.
For one important thing, the essential other half of appearance, image and archetype analysis, had not crossed my path yet. Winter and Dramatic are not partners, nor are Summer and Classic, Autumn + Natural, or Spring with whatever it was. The Signature/STYLE newsletter (info at top of the right column) subscriber lists contain Winter Naturals, followed by Winter Classics, in the vast majority.
Be sure to use your imagination. This palette, any palette, is where you begin. What you can conceive with it is where you end. Some of these colours are incredible even as broadcloth. Shine is never hard on a Winter, Dark Winter wearing a more brushed finish than the smoother Bright Winter. Dark Winter’s dark green-brown is magnificent as coat or cashmere. I find icy mint superb on any Bright Winter, whether the colour lives in the eye or not. We have learned that True Winter red is hard to find. Thankfully, the colouring accommodates red well. That darker of the two reds in the palettes? I still don’t know how that translates in fabric, but I almost do.
Of course, PCA is a magnet for Winters. With their love of dissection, classification, and perfectionism, to say nothing of being into their looks and living inside their own head, and realizing that cosmetics can turn them into someone nobody ever guessed, the force field is too strong to resist.
Are there more Winters in the world? Yes, probably so. Maybe one day with mixing of races, there will be only Winters and then we’ll have to subdivide those 3 Seasons in some way, but that’s a long way off. Summer, Spring, and Autumn colouring are plentiful, welcome variety to the landscape of this planet. Winter scenery, everywhere all the time, a little scary to think about.
The more we are exposed to anything, the more accessible and obvious the small things become. What we struggled to see as beginning analysts now comes out to find us. Harmony, the basis of it all, is a later step. It does not mean ‘looks pretty together’. It does not mean ‘looks even’, which is misinterpreted to end up as ‘looks drab, bloated, flat, vanishing, boring, lifeless”. Harmony means very literally “having the same vibration”.
Abstract concepts are not easy to define. My computer’s dictionary says vibration is “a component frequency of an oscillation or wave”. Since humans can’t interpret whether two wavelengths have the same distance between their peaks, we need other tests.
‘The same energy’, ‘do not distort one another’, ‘brings into focus’, and all sorts of other concepts that you have to see to understand can be used to describe the look and feel of harmony. If I wore this shirt with those pants, would you be looking at the two equally? I can put a high saturation Summer colour with a Winter palette and they balance decently but the colours are just weirdly wrong together. What neutral colour will she wear with it? Where is the lipstick that makes sense?
Even in the controlled environment of a PCA, the decision is made in the 0-4 seconds after the drapes change. Staring longer is not only useless, it is dangerous as our eyes accommodate to inform us that the image is normal. Once a person sees the energetic connection that is made, then they understand. In time, one learns to recognize it immediately.
True Autumn colouring wearing Fire Opal Red is quite something to behold. Their navy is also outstanding, top of the scale when it has a little shine and texture, like raw silk. I am still very on board with yellow for Soft Autumn from Best Colours V1.0, qualifying that by saying that if the hair colour is neither natural or correct, the prettiness will not happen. For today, periwinkle and a green that recognizes their important coolness are added. You might be looking at the last square thinking, “??” Picture a flowing but not floppy fabric with a brushed sheen and a suggestion of tone-on-tone camouflage pattern. Dark Autumn brown is more muted and green than Dark Winter’s. This colouring also has an important coolness too, necessary for the person to appear in focus. To say that they look good in purple and candlelight white is an understatement of the truth.
The power of colour analysis (PCA) to change lives for the better has humbled me so often that it became a permanent state of being. Sure, we have problems to examine, so does Lululemon, and we will do that with the usual pain and opportunity that can only be found in truth. The seesaw is more than balanced when we look at how many people look better, feel stronger, are healing, and continue to step through their own doors. As a client we love said,
Right now I’m in the wonderful position that everything works so well together and enhances each other, from the lipstick to the jewelry, the hair, the clothing, and on and on. The synergistic effect has taken me by surprise in the most welcome way!! I don’t know why I didn’t anticipate this but it really has a snowball effect. Even my nail poilish now goes with everything too. :-) Everything reinforces the message of who I am – nothing takes away from it. Fewer items, of everything including makeup, because everything works. And easier to see if something new fits because you now have the totality to compare it too, not just your swatch book.
True Summer, Liaison lipstick mentioned up top, is the first colour. Fairly saturated green, where the sat tolerance ends and Winter starts. Can only know this about a person by draping them. Give that blue-grey the sheen and texture of hammered silk and oh, boy, do good things happen. Soft Summer, incredible red and blue that look like plenty of bright colour under that face, and dark brown, my latest exploration. Light Summer in their muted coral is beautiful. The Season’s heat is important. Their particular blue, tipping between pinkish and greenish, stops all the talk in the room. And Come Dancing lipstick, of course.
3 Best Colours for one Season? No such thing. Every human is a little different even inside a Season. A Season is a template, a springboard to help you ignore all the other stuff you would have bought last week. Inside your own room in the house of your Season, you decorate according who you are. Your individual pigmentation, breathtaking colours, tolerances in your 3 colour dimensions, colour history, and many other factors, decide what your room looks like. Only your colour analyst knows those because she watched colours react with your own.
My very best white? No such thing. We all have 2 to 5 perfectly functional choices, even the True Seasons. Depends on the person, the fabric, the particular white of the eyes, and what it will be worn with, and so on. The fact that everyday lighting and our eyes’ ability to adapt and understand “Oh, it’s white.” widens the span. In the featured picture that wraps around the title of this article, it is unlikely that an artist would use pure white on its own anywhere. Your analyst can coach you on what matters, what doesn’t.
Don’t decide, “I can only wear warm red.” unless you have seen all the cool ones, which will never be in any analyst’s drapes sets. Don’t decide, “I wear cool colours best.”, if you only saw yourself in 2 or 3 warm ones of any given hue. You are probably not correct and you will certainly look boring-er than you need to. Everyone can wear their entire palette. The questions are where you place the colours and how big are the blocks, not a big negotiation on whether you buy them in the first place.
My very best heat level? Not if you’re a Neutral Season. You might do great in warmer blues and cooler yellows. You might wear clothing in any heat, but cosmetics with more restriction depending on the exact overtone of your face.
True Spring in her wedding white, the sun is literally beaming out of her face. Gentle orange is easy and she is more visible than a big block of yellow if the hair is light. Light Spring has a particular neutral colour that is easy to overlook in the palette. Too brown to be peach, worn with their white and nut brown, in a fabric that would drift down like a magician’s scarf if you tossed it up in the air, it is fantastic. And Posie Pink, prettiest thing ever. Bright Spring’s first colour has come to be known as Ksenia Pink, after our analyst in Moscow who wears it and stops traffic. Beautiful in their darker green-blue and very professional, and baby pink that is too pigmented to be icy and too pure to be pastel.
From where I stand today, these are the colours that I expect to be beautiful on most everyone of these colouring types, or Seasons. To make these graphics, I walked over to the drape inventory and pulled out those where I have to expend energy to keep a blank face when a student is working through a PCA. I see the colour coming in the drape sequence and I make my face a mask of neutrality Inside, small explosions are happening.