Stunning Colours 2015
Version 1.0, the 3 Great Colours post from 2011, is linked here.
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.
Your colour journey unfolds in much the same way. In the beginning, you match the palette and begin creating colour combinations. Like anyone on a new program, unlearning and re-learning takes time. At first, you stick to the provided menus. In time, you make it your own.
Be sure to use your imagination. This palette, any palette, is where you begin. What you can conceive with it is the journey. 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.
Ice mint is superb on any Bright Winter, a simple fact.
True Winter’s perfect red, like their perfect black, may take searching. Thankfully, the colouring accommodates red well and perfection is not necessary for the beauty to be seen.
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.
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 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, 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. The thousands of people who look better, feel stronger, are healing, and continue to step through their own doors, are all the inspiration a colour analyst needs. 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’s soft rose of moderate darkness is the first colour. A cool green is the second, an example of where Summer’s brightness ends and Winter’s begins. The blue-green-grey with the sheen and texture of hammered silk looks stunning.
Soft Summer, with their colours that are softened with some visible gray but still have plenty of colour energy, with a beautiful dark wine brown. Notice how sophisticated the colours look together, fabulous combinations being one of this Season’s magic tricks.
Light Summer in their pink coral is beautiful, a colour that is cooler than warm, between the two extremes. 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. Your colour analyst is your guide in this, having observed your colour reactions in person, as are the teachers of experience and practice. Once you have watched your own analysis, you will take the reins and choose your own best colours.
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.
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. Everyone can wear their entire palette. The questions are where you place the colours and how big are the blocks, not a negotiation on whether you buy them in the first place.
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. And periwinkle, particularly beautiful next to her natural greens, often present in the eyes.
Light Spring has a particular neutral colour that is easy to overlook in the palette. Too brown to be peach, worn with the white and nut brown, in a fabric that would drift down like a magician’s scarf if you tossed it up in the air, the effect is fantastic. And Posie Pink, prettiest thing ever. Turquoise, like red and Winter, adapts easily for Springs.
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.
These are examples of colours that I expect to be beautiful on most everyone of these colouring types, or Seasons.