Please No Colours for Winters

The last in the Please No Posts.

I was asked, “Don’t you just wear whatever you want?” Such a good question.

We could eat whatever we want, decorate our house however we choose, and invest our money however we want. We know that those will not be our best choices.

We look to other sources for help and guidance. To choose our best colours, the source is a colour analyst.

Please keep in mind that these are my opinions. They represent what my eye finds elegant and flattering,  or unbecoming. Everyone can and should have their opinion when it comes to taste.

The previous posts:

Please No, Springs  is here.

Please No, Summers is here.

Please No, Autumns is here.

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The Colours

Bright Winter

  1. Light Summer aqua. Eyes and no face. Not even much eyes come to think of it. Not much of anything relative to what is there.
  2. Soft Autumn rose. Truly fuzzed up face.
  3. Generic burgundy. Functional.

Beauty colour: Blue periwinkle.

 

True Winter

  1. Some kind of Soft and True Autumn fusion peach beige. The ultimate in go back upstairs.
  2. True Summer green on True Winter. Better on some True Winters than others. Also, True Summer green only gets a bit lighter than this. Give a Winter green that is much more something – light, dark, saturated.
  3. Faded denim. On any of the 5 Winter blends. It looks too weird to classify as casual.

Beauty colour: Pomegranate juice.

 

Dark Winter

  1. Soft Summer cool soft rose. How can it be so gorgeous on them and such a washout on Dark Winter. Aren’t they similar Seasons? Technical similarities with some crossover in the darker colours may be a better way to think of it.
  2. True Autumn beige. I once thought I was an Autumn who knew what suited her. Mmmm-hmmmm.
  3. Light Spring pink. Considering the presence this person can emanate, why doll clothes?

Beauty colour: Dark green. The colour and the person are one and the same, like a walking magic show.

 

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Please No Colours for Autumns

Having your colouring analyzed is easy. You sit in a chair and I pass fabrics in different colours under your face. I’ll explain how to decide what is really working. We’ll decide together. We will follow a map, we’ll have a plan, and in about 2 hours, we will have the answer. The person you will have found at the end is you.

You won’t believe all the different ways you can look, and probably do look. You will leave knowing what to never buy again. You will know why not. For your next shopping trip, you go in armed with a list of Better Than choices. Who cares if this yellow blouse or that purple jacket is showing the world a less-than-best you? I’ll give you 20 better options to look for.

The first post in this series was Please No Colours for Summers. The comments to that post were excellent. There and here too, the colours in the diagram are those that I see often where I live. They’re not intended to be the worst possible or second best or follow any ranking system. For instance, the yellow in the True Autumn row below. Autumns tend to be comfortable in yellow but not being sure what to buy, they figure yellow is yellow and end up with something that looks wimpy instead of their Santa Fe sunset look.

First, because you know I have to talk about colour if I see an opening, some thoughts about compliments, one of my favourite reverse psychologies where, “I love your shirt.” means, “I think your shirt would look great on me.”

And photographs, which is a question I am asked often. Funny , my accountant keeps asking the same question, “Are you quite sure you can’t do this from pictures???”

One reader asked if I see any browns as worse for True Autumn than black. That’s kind of a challenge, like telling a massage therapist nothing hurts today :) Spring has some light beiges that are flat on True Autumn. The pink browns of the Summers do nothing that helps this person in any way. Black isn’t so impossible on True Autumn because it’s dark. They can manage it in a leopard spot or a piping.

Black is a lot tougher on Soft Autumn, in fact it could have gone into the grid below. The person is shorter, heavier, and boxier. That’s just the way it is. But nobody is ever stuck. If a place or occasion demands black, a warmed soft black is not that hard to find. Nobody will know the difference, though you might be asked if you got taller.

 

 

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Getting Ready To Be A Colour Analyst: Possibility

Part 2 in this series talks some more about picturing new possibility in your life, whatever it may be.

I share with you how others organized their thoughts to move from wanting something new to taking part in the change. For some, the answer is that the time isn’t right. That’s a good answer. Whatever answer is true for your life is the right one.

At this point in their stories, those of us who speak through the video are still in the earliest stages of imagining a new skill, a new contribution to our community, and what it might be like to join a new community of people who are creating their own lives.

Here is the link to Part 1, Getting Ready To Be A Colour Analyst: Invitation.

 

 

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Appearance for Video: The Face of the Business

 What you need to know:

The most modern and essential book for women about appearing for video, or getting dressed for anything, was released today. It is a free download here at Amazon to any device today, December 15, 2016.

How to Really Dress Your Body Type

I believe that Rachel Nachmias’s approach to how women feel about appearance is 1000% the truth. Her solutions for most effective presentation for every body type, to create an appearance that is more beautiful than any other a woman could choose, they work, plain and simple.

Seems like a big statement. After all, I live in Ontario, not Milan. What’s going on in Milan wasn’t helping me know what clothing to buy to look my best. If anything, it was making things worse. Within a day of meeting Rachel and learning where I fit her system, my appearance began changing dramatically for the better.

I know for certain that Rachel’s technique will get any woman looking better than she would have thought possible, and more important, feeling much more satisfied in her own skin and wardrobe.

Rachel’s brand new book speaks to women who want to represent their business on video, hence the title, The Face of The Business. It also teaches you a whole lot about how you can use this system yourself to improve your appearance and regain control of your shopping.

Launch

Rachel’s book was released today. This is the Amazon link.

The link for the book to Amazon is also at www.thefaceofthebusiness.com. It will work on launch day, December 15, 2016.

You can download the book and read it free on Launch Day no matter what kind of device you own, including PC.

 

 

You’re invited!

Everyone is invited to the Launch Event. On December 15 at 1:00PM EST/ 10:00 AM PST, The Author Incubator is live streaming a free online launch party featuring Rachel along with some other amazing authors. It’s called Live From The Author Castle.

The Author Castle be giving away links to download all its books to everyone who attends, as well as $000s of free personal development and self-help resources!

Time zones can be confusing and everyone is busy so don’t worry if you can’t be there live. Register anyway and you’ll get a recording.

If you can be there, submit questions for Rachel to answer in chat. Angela Lauria, The Author Incubator, will ask them!

Again, all you need to do to be a part of the Virtual Book Launch Party is register right here: www.livefromtheauthorcastle.com

Business Means Video

The second sentence caught my attention: “By 2017, 74% of all Internet traffic will be video.” After reading the other stats about video on landing pages, my welcome video now appears on the home page of this site. (I’m working on a shorter one.) The numbers are undeniable.

To me, the book is about being seen. Seen, literally, if we step out our front door. Seen figuratively, in the sense of being appreciated by others and by ourselves for who we truly are, the ultimate sign of confidence. Seen in both senses when we present ourselves and represent our business on video.

With useful images and key phrases, of which you will find many in the book, your shopping can jump back on the track on which it was always meant to be. This happened to me and to many, many other women whose transformations I have witnessed, both external and internal.

I believe that I speak for all of Rachel’s clients in saying that part of her talent that we feel deeply are genuine love and respect for every woman she dresses. I’m not sure if the tears in my eyes are from that or looking at my closet and seeing my accurate mirror image instead of the funhouse distortion it used to be.

When I’ve been fortunate enough to shop with her, she has said, “When I shop, I take all my clients with me.” That is not an exaggeration. In the book, she shares stories of the journeys that she and others have travelled in finding and allowing themselves through appearance. They, we, live a different life today.

Till we are prepared to engage with reality, we live in a dream world that nobody shares. To be a participating part of the real world where everybody else is hanging out, we have to get OK with what is. With the honest voice and gentle kindness of someone who’s been there, and goes back there with client after client, Rachel puts a welcome face on reality that feels like pulling into your own driveway at last.

Meet the 10 Archetypal Women. Which one are you?

You’ll be guided through the steps that begin with your desired appearance and a link in the toolkit on the website to help determine your own image archetype.

From there you’ll be introduced to 10 archetypal women with descriptions of their superpower (what they do without trying), their power backfire, and eras from which they might dress. The illustrations are simply breathtaking.

What each archetypal woman (they have lovely and evocative names) wears best is described in:

    • Shape
    • Silhouette
    • Coordination Style
    • Fit and Fabric
    • Colors
    • Motifs
    • Tops
    • Skirts
    • Pants
    • Dresses
    • Jackets
    • Cardigans
    • Outerwear
    • Jewelry&Accessories
    • Shoes
    • Bags
    • Hair
    • Makeup
    • Keywords

That’s a long list. Imagine that tomorrow, you are going to the mall with a friend. You wake up in the morning having all those answers about yourself. Your friend will only know what she knows today about how to dress. You will have very different shopping experiences.

Imagine further, if you will, that your friend reads The Face of the Business on your advice and finds these answers about herself. You both now have a context to become true lenses for one another. Shopping trips mean so much more than a day out. Each of you brings home purchases that matter. Everyone at the store within earshot of your decision-making wonders how you know what you do. Every word you say is obviously so true.

From the back flap:

If you want to grow your business with video, you’re going to need to look the part. You know that crafting amazing video requires more than just great content. You want to make the right visual impression to attract viewers that are ready and willing to listen to your message, but you’re not sure how. To get maximum impact from your videos, you need the confidence and skills to master your image and truly become the face of YOUR business.

Based on her experience transforming hundreds of clients from fashion rookies into camera-ready women of style, Rachel Nachmias offers a step-by-step process to becoming your most beautiful and confident self and creating videos that grow your following and turn viewers into clients willing to pay top dollar for your expertise.

If you dream of creating a personal style that is an asset in your business and not a liability, The Face of the Business is for you.

Part Two is about assembling all the information into your own signature style manifesto. You now have a map. Rachel will talk you through seeming discrepancies (what if my colours are at odds with my desires?) You’ll find a video on this in the toolkit as well.

The client examples are useful here. At this stage, you can really start seeing your appearance becoming a rational and beautiful physical reality. Next, you go through your wardrobe and create shopping lists that will make a difference. One more black jacket or Clinique compact when you own 15 is not going to help you. What is of value is asking why these patterns are still alive, maybe even confronting ourselves with the question. The moment you have the answer, you are free from the loop.

Going shopping with Rachel and Helen is enlightening. The section on appearance specific to video format is full of practical tips and appreciated.

What I said:

 Rachel’s approach lets women master shopping, find peace, and love themselves all over again. Whether appearing on film or simply getting dressed every day, your appearance will be more beautifully you than ever before. The Face of the Business is filled with strategies to help you do this for yourself. Along with the most relevant insights on the meaning of presentation for today’s woman, you’ll find page after page of practical, do-able advice. Today can be the day to believe that you’re ready to play the lead role in your videos and your life.

 Drawn from conversations with hundreds of women about what they dream of and desire from appearance to examples of the inner turmoil and obstacles that getting dressed entails, you may recognize yourself in this book. I think all women will, whether they lives in Milan or anywhere else. Rachel and the women in the book are walking the same road that you are. They might be a little further along but not so far that they can’t hold out their hands and help you find your way.

Look like the expert you are. Step into your real clothes, charge your real fee, be assured of your true expertise, and feel no fear of a camera.

Become a friend to yourself. Buy one beautiful journal, write your name on the first page, and start.

 

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Introducing Colour Analyst Andrea Martincic (Arizona)

Time with Andrea is like being with your best friend doing something you both love. You relax into a steady stream of shared curiosity, questions to explore together, experiences to draw from, and leaps of growth and understanding into this world of how human beings are coloured that has colour analysts and our clients spellbound.

Andrea is calm and inspiring. As her client, you meet a perfect example of a person who has learned to embody her own brand of glamour and femininity, with the insights to journey that path with her clients. The best students let themselves learn, as Andrea does, which means she learns fast. She is always very much herself which welcomes us to be ourselves also, however vulnerable that might feel in the moment, and always allowing and supporting where a person is in at moment.

In the time since her training, her trust in the PCA process has grown, as have her natural wisdom, excellent instincts, and beautiful taste. Image consultants with rigid advice or who tell us what we want to hear are not useful or right for our time. Andrea’s honesty with herself and others is considerate and genuine. She has the faith in every person’s natural beauty to help them surface  and be seen.

Andrea’s story,

I am a wild woman living in the Wild West, I like to conjure up images of Calamity Jane or Annie Oakley in my mind. I’m blessed to live in Arizona surrounded by the dramatic desert and the contrasting vivid blue sky above. It is a land and state of extremes, in so many ways, which I have come to love. I share my love of Arizona, not necessarily my love of the dramatic, with my husband. We have a poodle named Jasper who we affectionately refer to as the international dog of mystery, since he accompanied us on many adventures while living abroad.

As a political science major, I am fascinated by the subtle and not so subtle ways that color can affect people’s reaction to you and your message. 80% of human experience is filtered through eyes; color or the lack thereof, becomes critical.

My obsession with color analysis really began when I was in high school. I bought all of the color books and personal style books over the years-trying to diagnose my correct season. I tried countless lip colors holding various colored tops, staring intently into the mirror. I changed my hair often- color and cuts- and I was mostly trying to match my hair to my makeup and clothes. Talk about an endless cycle reminiscent of a hamster wheel. This continued well into my 40’s.

France beat it out of me…well, I should say the French made me come to realize the error of my ways. I found myself living in the south of France and I was so sick of being told by hairstylists that I shouldn’t bleach my hair out to platinum. They never got it bleached to the right level, or used the right toner. So when a new stylist actually flat out refused to color my hair, I left very angry and began to think about my options…

I was going to be in France for a while because my husband had taken an assignment overseas. So, I could keep being frustrated by their inability to get the color right, or I could just make it brown again. I thought the latter would be easier and save more of my time and money, which could be better spent exploring! So, I went back to the stylist who refused to bleach my hair and told her in my best “caveman French” that I wanted to take my hair back to its natural color. I left with it brown.

I have not colored my hair since my original 12Blueprints color analysis which was in Spring 2015. I can’t say that I’m not tempted-shiny black and pure white are especially appealing to me, but I am at peace with my natural coloring and I feel more balanced and centered.

I actually went to have my color analysis done in Norway by Jorunn Hernes, before taking my color analysis training with Christine in Ontario. I wanted to see what it was all about and decide for myself if I wanted to turn my obsession into a possible career. Taking the leap to do the training and purchase the drapes is a big investment. I decided on my ferry ride back to the airport that this had been life changing for me. Somehow, a light bulb went off- I was so tired of spending money on clothes and makeup and hair color trying to be something that was NOT authentic to ME. There had to be others out there too who could benefit from this.

 

Training with Christine was incredibly challenging and rewarding, sometimes at the same time! It was color baptism by fire, you will get out of it what you put into it. For me it was exhausting but in a good way, how you feel after climbing for hours and then you reach the summit. Much of the learning during training takes place after the models have gone and you begin processing the subtleties and nuances of what you saw in your mind.

Perhaps the most difficult model of all for me during training was my mother. Difficult because I had to try and look at her not as my mother but as a potential client. Christine says the hardest people to analyze are those who we are closest to-so true. I guess it makes sense because we have ideas about how this person should look and how we see the person in our lives. We end up projecting our thoughts onto the process unless we take a step back.

Turns out my Mom was a Soft Autumn, when all along I had been telling her she was most likely a winter; based on the old notion that she had dark hair in her youth and brown eyes and fair skin. How horrible I felt as the drapes began to reveal autumn! The visible difference was huge between even the test drapes. I cried when I saw her in her soft autumn colors and her proper lip stick color- she was how she was meant to be! Gone were the dark heavy bricks of black and too cool shades of hot pink, replaced by a chocolate brown and soft pink-peach. We went out that afternoon in Ontario during my lunch break and bought some t-shirts and lipstick in her best colors. A year and a half later she has stopped dying her hair dark brown- and she looks so much softer and happier! You really can’t tell someone’s season without draping!

I believe you accompany each client on their color journey. You can’t help but feel their frustrations when a drape makes them look tired, or even sad. You share in their joy when they see the right colors properly define and accentuate their face right before their very eyes. It is very rewarding!

I just recently had the privilege to attend the color analyst meeting in Toronto where I was able to meet fellow 12Blueprints analysts. What a great group of ladies, all unique in their style and manifestations of their seasons!

My business name is Couleur Comme Ça. My friends in France tell me the name means “So What…Color”, or “Color, Whatever.” They didn’t understand why I would name my business that. I said because color matters, that’s why! It really does matter. Visit me at www.ccc-pca.com

 

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Getting Ready to Be A Colour Analyst: Invitation

So many people have a passion for personal colour analysis (PCA) and even dream that one day, they could become a colour analyst.

Maybe you never thought it could be for you but the idea won’t go away. You might want to do something for yourself. Perhaps you see yourself working hard in some unsatisfying part of your life, you feel doubts and concerns, but are not sure what to do about it. How do we align our thoughts to decide on effective action?

This is the opening for a series of videos reflecting on helping you know when the time is right. Our colour analysts join me to share with you how they walked through the decision process.  I am thankful to them for allowing our conversations to be repeated to help you move towards a solution.

 

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Please No Colours for Summers

Every one of these colours is incredibly beautiful on somebody. That person’s colouring doesn’t belong in the Summer groups.

For every colouring, there are plenty of colours to not wear. I’m including only those that I see often. Sometimes, if I know the person, I ask, why that?

-It was something different.

Then I think, different how? Different why? There was nothing with you before.

Was there? Is there something you’re not telling me?

Thoughts that serve no purpose but are there anyway.


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Readers brought up some great questions. I’ll add the answers here:

  1. There are hundreds of colours that are terrible choices for every colouring. I chose the ones that might either be terrible or just mildly second best, the more important criteria being that I see it all the time.
  2.  The black in the True Summer row is actually ink navy. Summers love blue, own a lot of it, and can be too permissive with it. Every Summer has a cut off, even with blue.
  3. The soft blue for Light Summer (middle colour) was intended to be a Soft Summer blue. In the same love of all things blue as #2 above, Light Summers see blue in a fairly light version and they click the Buy button. Instead of being a version of silvery blue grey like you’d find in a Pinterest search for ‘blue topaz’, the colour is softer and greener, feels heavier and thicker, a colour you might see on pottery, clothing, quilts, and paints depicted in Colonial American times. It is not particularly grey but reads that way on the Light Summer wearing it while they look tired with a heavy body. The colour may show brighter than intended on your particular screen or monitor.

 

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Eyebrows!

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With the powder/wax duo palettes, both powder and wax can be purchased separately as refill pans.

Brow Powder INGREDIENTS: Talc, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Mica, Zinc Stearate, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Boron Nitride, Phenoxyethanol, Silica. May contain (+/-): CI 77163, CI 77266, CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499, CI 77742, CI 77891.

Brow Wax INGREDIENTS: Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Microcrystalline Wax, Caprylic/Capric Tryglyceride, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Cera Alba, Boron Nitride, Euphoria Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Ozokerite Wax, Silica, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Octyldodecanol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Isopropyl Myristate, Lauroyl Lysine, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Sorbic Acid. May contain (+/-): CI 77891, CI 77019, CI 77492, CI 77491, CI 77499.

 

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Digital Self Forward: Improve Your e-Dating Pictures

Thank you to my business consultant, Gary Ralston, for suggesting the name for this series of posts. To tell you the many ways in which Gary improves my life would take a long, long time. Sanity, clarity, vision, relationships, processes, graphics and numbers, getting better on a bigger scale. We have worked together for 6 months that I would not have believed if I had not lived them.

Two posts about improving appearance can be found on Linked In. The first post was written with analyst Shahna McNally in Edmonton, AB (and check the left column for upcoming Calgary dates), with suggestions for the RIGHT first impression. The second post is entitled, Digital Self Forward: Improving Your Profile Image. 

Click Post Picture

Think about the first time you were going to post your photo online. You look through your pictures. Two or three are decent. They might fall short of being exact images of you today unless you’re a selfie expert, but you figure they will get the job done. Think again.

Today, your digital representation is the stand-in for the real you in more and more interactions. The virtual world is already merging with ours.It’s not just coming. It’s here. Have you seen the kids running around holding their phones in front of them? They’re playing Pokemon GO.

Now you want to enter the scary world of finding a mate. Maybe someone told you that more couples meet online than any other way. It’s true, as Peter Diamonds puts numbers to the next sexual revolution, here at Linked In.

It makes no difference if we feel that it’s socially respectable or not – including the statistics about pornography. It is happening. The motivation is to be desirable. I wish many of the criteria in this Huff Post article  about online dating pictures were not true. While I believe that nobody should be allowed to touch everything they see, the world is not as it should be.

FreeImages.com/yamis : http://www.freeimages.com/photographer/yami5463-40494)
FreeImages.com/yamis : http://www.freeimages.com/photographer/yami5463-40494

 

The Real Me

Wouldn’t it be great to voice over your pictures while others are scanning them? To be able to say, “That’s not really who I am!!” Nobody wants a simple picture to be the reason that Mr. or Ms. Right dismisses them.

Imagine being able to hear their thought processes when they view our pictures. Maybe folks believe that others won’t make snap decisions from a picture. As comforting as it might be, it is not the truth.  If faces told us nothing, profiles with pictures wouldn’t get 9x more communication, from this eHarmony (eH) post on their most successful dating photos.

A whole conversation happens in the viewer’s mind. Some pictures will get ignored over and over, others visited over and over.  The pictures that get written off didn’t feel good to look at. We tell ourselves that we rejected a person because we felt no connection. While partly true, if the person had posted a different image, we probably would have made different decisions about letting them into our lives.

FreeImages.com/bjearwicke http://www.freeimages.com/photographer/bjearwicke-46112 (Ben Earwicker Garrison Photography, Boise, ID)
FreeImages.com/bjearwicke (Ben Earwicker Garrison Photography, Boise, ID)

 

Now imagine how your parent feels as they join this world. For Dad, dating again is daunting enough. Now, he has to re-learn it on a computer that doesn’t care about his great social skills or the sense of humour that worked for 30 years. Could we put some lucky charms in his pocket? You bet we can.

Of course it’s unfair. Both poster and viewer become victims of wrong beliefs about another person. The control is only in Dad’s hands before he clicks the Post button, when appearance choices were made.

Personal colour analysis (PCA) puts you out in front of the competition. A recent client used the world astonished to describe her peer group’s reaction to her PCA photos. This is when we get to see what our appearance is capable of – and what Dad’s is still capable of. My first client was my then-87-year old Dad. Big improvement.

Anyone Advice

Harmony and presence are fine for professional pictures. In the wild world of finding a mate, appearance should be so elevated and interesting that it creates some tension. Excitement and possibility should be palpable.

Nobody is suggesting that we look like a wild card. We can look like a better version of ourselves than we would create left to our own appearance devices.

Don’t we already know our colours? Maybe when we were 10, before the deafening noise of media, especially post-internet media, got its hooks in our heads. More men might have a closer general idea, though they are mostly dressing somewhere between boring and safe. Women usually have a room done in their own colours, or a husband, or a bag of clothes they can’t throw out, but the whole picture is far from together, speaking for me and every single woman I have ever met, client or not.

1-Put a mouth on your face. Lip eraser is not sexier. Who do you know looks better with no lips? Thinking it’s easier to buy nude lips is wishful thinking. If you’re buying by guessing, odds are that you’re wearing someone else’s skin tone painted on yours.

Are beige lips even modern? It’s a magazine look for young people with the high feature definition of youth, and it is becoming outdated.

“Wear your flesh tone.” is useless advice unless you are informed about what that is. For some faces, brown is their flesh tone. For others, it may be mulberry or coral.

Solution: Choose a sheer lip colour in a pink, red, burgundy, or purple that looks belonging on your face, using reds in successful clothing as a guide. Try to roughly match the intensity of your eyes and hair.

2-Notice the background. It will have a strong influence on how well you are defined and focused, extending subliminally to character as pictures always do.  Blending into the background gives the impression of weakness, poor stamina, and ‘one of the crowd’.

If I could be heard by the hair colour industry, I would ask, “Why do none of you ever ask to see clients’ colour palettes for clothing?” Some clients might actually have one.

Solution: To photographers, I ask the same question. Surround the person with the colours in their natural pigmentation. Don’t overthink backdrops, complements, and colour schemes. They are handed to you when the client gives you their palette. If you’re the subject, bring your palette and have some say in the choice of backdrop. A photographer who has had a PCA would be valuable. If the background is an outdoor setting, have colours that you might be flattered by in clothing.

3-Wear red or pink. Nothing come close for expressing desirability. The right red/pink/purple say all the great things about a person. The wrong ones look like baby clothes or aggression.

Solution: Choose a version that feels good, neither flat nor conspicuous. Wear a small area if you like, the effect will still be noticed like we see lipstick instantly. Look at your own photo and decide if the colour wears you or looks candy. Without telling them your answers, ask somebody else, preferably a teenager who has been reassured that you want truth not comfort. Take some pictures and objectively ask yourself, “If I saw this person on the bus, would I even notice the red? Is it taking over? Would I be thinking that they should get home ASAP and change? How do I react?”

Most appearance advice out there is Anyone Advice. It has to be. What would apply equally to everyone? When we try to work with it, the effect is satisfying for about a month. Then we either go back to who we were and hope for the best, or we decide to get this figured out once and for all.

FreeImages.com/Lioness65: http://www.freeimages.com/photographer/Lioness65-34158
FreeImages.com/Lioness65: http://www.freeimages.com/photographer/Lioness65-34158

 

Accurate Advice

To have access to it, you need a Key Tool: your personal colour palette.

PCA is among the elite 5 instruments to discover true personal identity. The result is to give people the right way to focus on you. Nothing works as well to energize appearance, IRL or avatar.

To put that palette in your hands, you need a colour analysis. There is no other way that works. Choose a real, modern testing system, the same as you would use for any other information you could trust.

Guessing at your best colours by looking at you is like guessing what’s going on under the hood of your car by staring at the stationary vehicle. Pete’s sake, turn the key! Look under the surface where the answer is. Colour is the same. Make the reactions happen in real time, ask the right questions, and know how to answer them.

PCA from photographs? The odds are so low of coming to the right answer that if I were in your shoes, I would save my money. Cameras do not see, adjust, or interpret what human eyes and brains do. Students send me comparison pictures in highly controlled and calibrated surroundings and I still would not claim Season for certain. It is not because I can’t read a drape. Cameras, monitors, too many variables.

1-Know your white. In the picture, the influence on your teeth, hair, skin, and white of the eye is huge.

Black and white are always talked about. They matter that much to what the rest of us see. A too-bright white can make skin look like a layer of chalky white sunscreen if anybody is looking at the face at all. Most of their time is spent staring at the white as the body part wearing it gets bigger and wider.

Men in too-white shirts and ties…No, it does not look clean and sharp. It looks like you closed your eyes, got puffed in the face with flour, and opened your eyes back up.

Silvery hair looks dishwatery in the wrong white or gorgeous and glistening in the right white.

Solution: If you don’t know your white, don’t wear white. Or get a PCA and know.

2-No. Blur. The features have to be in focus. When most everyone else’s face is fuzzy, you want yours on a Hi Def screen. The wide, flat face of a child happens automatically when colours conflict. A slim, defined adult face is automatic when colours harmonize. Why choose the robber with a nylon pulled over his face look?

Solution: Wear the colours that you are. Aim to look at the photo and have your gaze bounce from the big picture right to the eyes, especially if you’re hoping to attract a woman.

3-The focal point is the eyes. Always. It should be physically harder for the viewer to look away from the eyes than to keep looking into them. Even if the background is the Grand Canyon, the focal point is the eyes. In room décor, it might be a pillow or a couch or a painting. In human décor, it is always the eyes.

The eH staff discusses the importance of eyes in this post. A good PCA will perfect the eyes in several ways. If the analyst doesn’t know how to talk about eyes, they won’t be able to do it. Find another analyst.

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In Outliers, Malcolm Gladwell examines how certain people come to be extraordinarily successful. He decides that it was not all up to them.

Neither is e-dating or any system that operates based on decisions made about you when you’re not present. When a picture stands in for you, the only control is in the Before filters.

When society ignores certain aspects of us, we ignore them too. PCA is a chance for you to try on different versions of ourselves. Winter and Spring coloured people need to wear those colours to pull them up to normal. In the softer coloured clothes, they look like a washout, possibly the only side of themselves that they have ever seen.

Every person’s appearance holds incredible gifts. Get a PCA and discover yours. As Outliers describes over and over in Gladwell’s engaging storytelling style, nobody succeeds on their own.

 

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Introducing Colour Analyst Courtenay St. John Gibson (Massachusetts, Connecticut)

Every student brings many traits and qualities that I admire. Courtenay’s are difficult to single out because there are many. You meet a wonderfully pleasant, cheerful, civilized, considerate person. She is delightful to be with, and very relaxing, someone who can let you be you and find all the good.

The patience to let a conversation or situation unfold without jumping to conclusions is as essential a quality as one could find in a colour analyst. I have great respect for her ability to be content with what she knows at each step of the PCA process without needing to leap ahead.

 Her voice is quiet but her words are always worth hearing. Although training was some time ago, Courtenay is consistently committed to the highest standard of colour analysis, very much devoted to her clients, and to continuing education. With great instincts and having seen many clients since training,  Courtenay has become an excellent colour analyst. 

Courtenay St. John Gibson
Courtenay St. John Gibson

In the 1980s when Color Me Beautiful first appeared on the scene, I lived in a community where many younger women embraced Personal Color Analysis. Not only was I eager to have my colors done, I had my 6-yr old daughter analyzed as well. I was typed a Summer, largely because of my light brown hair, blue-green eyes and pink cheeks. My daughter’s consultation particularly interested me because, although she was, of course, adorable, her skin looked green and she had shadows under her eyes. She had no symptoms of allergy or illness and had tons of energy, though! She was an “Autumn with Summer influence”. This meant that khaki and dusty yellows were good for her – she did look wonderful in those colors. It was not surprising that she had looked so sickly before – little girl’s clothing in the 1980s was pink, lavender and blue.

Fast forward to 2010. As a grandmother, I was increasingly avoiding the face that looked back at me from store windows. The colors of my Summer palette just didn’t look good – and I personally liked them and dutifully sought them out! Like my daughter in the 1980s, I still had lots of energy, but found that my face looked harsh and drawn. Cranberry and steel blues did not enliven my skin. Was my hair color off? Something in my appearance was jarring and I couldn’t pinpoint what it was. I despaired that I was going to be a tired-looking older woman.

Not interested in plastic surgery or fillers, since it was the gray cast that I found so objectionable, I searched on the web for Color Analysis and found my way to the Sci\ART system. Instantly, I was fascinated. There were not only four seasons in this system, but twelve. I headed to Barnes and Noble to research other books on the 12-tone system to see if I could figure it out on my own. The colors I tried did not seem to make much of a difference, and trying to drape myself was ultimately frustrating!

Fortunately, I was able to locate a Sci\ART trained analyst who had a studio 5 hours away. I booked an appointment and hoped to discover a new physical identity!

The consultation proceeded rapidly; my analyst knew what to look for, and had no doubts that she was finding “It!” She announced that I was a Light Spring and showed me a Light Spring swatch book. I owned NONE of those colors! I could not even imagine what it would be like to wear them – surely, I would be a laughing stock of a mature woman, dressed as a jellybean.

Only one of us is a Light Spring!
Only one of us is a Light Spring!

 

My worst nightmare did not come to pass. As I started switching out my closet for my new Light Spring Colors, the compliments were rolling in. When I passed a store window, I no longer grimaced with disapproval. Other women around me took note, and wanted their own color transformations.

I quickly became interested in becoming an analyst myself. At the time, no one in the US was offering Sci\ART training.

In 2013, while visiting the 12Blueprints website, (which had become a regular haunt for me!), I saw that Christine Scaman would be offering a 12Blueprints Analyst Training Course based upon the Sci\Art system. I seized the opportunity, hoping to gradually ease into business over 5 years, as I developed more expertise in Personal Color Analysis and retired from my full-time teaching job. Christine’s training course was thorough and demanding. The visual scrutiny necessary to observe each nuance in skin tone that responded to shifts in the calibrated drapes required an attention to details that I would normally not have been visually aware of.

Responding to the information conveyed to the analyst and client in the draping sequence requires focus, discrimination and analysis – traits that have been part of me my whole life. In the past, my pursuits have been logical, scientific and mathematical: teaching college logic and linguistics, becoming a Registered Dietitian, and thirteen years as a 7th grade math teacher.

My hunger for the artistic has been an avocation until now. As a Personal Color Analyst, seeing the visual transformation that occurs for each client is thrilling. When their friends see their newfound radiance, they, in turn, show up in my studio!

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Vitality – physical, intellectual and spiritual, is a quality that I value highly. Providing this service is fun and contributes to the vitality of my clients; they watch their inner energy come alive and find its expression in their outward appearance. My favorite clients are those who are over 70 years old because they are the most amazed by their own beauty. Many are receiving compliments for the first time in years!

My other passions are hiking and sharing adventures with my family. This year I will finish the last 40 miles of the Appalachian Trail, which I began in 1999 with my Mom. We both continue to work on our hiking goals together.

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Family hiking trip to Lakes of the Clouds, Mt Washington, NH.

 

My studio, located in Williamstown, MA, has been open for three years. A second studio will be opening in Norwalk, CT early next year. Travel dates are planned for Charleston, SC, Traverse City, MI and Fairfield, IA.

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To contact Studio St. John by email:

courtenay@courtenaystjohncolors.com

By phone: 413-884-3649

Website is under construction.

 

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Science, beauty, truth. Transformational results.