Article 2 for The PCA Client

Terry has posted the second in her series. The link is here for “What Is Under My Overtone?

Until you get past believing that how things look is real, you will be challenged to understand, perform, or interpret human colour analysis.

I am asked:

1. How important is TMIT (The Most Important Thing, from a previous article) in a person who just looks medium?

No diffferent than  in a person who doesn’t look medium. If the drapes measured you that way, then you must be that.

2. Is there anyone where TMIT doesn’t matter?

No. What you think they look like isn’t real.

The blue-eyed blonde Bright Winter is not primarily light, though they look that way. They are primarily bright. It would be hard to know without draping though.

Soft Summer is quite dark at times. Someone might think they see saturation. They don’t, or the person would have draped better as Winters but that wasn’t the case.

 3. What if TMIT is vague and you are medium on all 3 parameters?

Never happens. Might look that way on the outside but what you think you see  isn’t the true situation. In the total imge, it’s not possible to tease apart the 3 colour dimensions and know the level of each one. Therefore, be careful of PCA systems that just look and don’t test, compare, or measure.

Dark Autumn and Dark Winter don’t always look dark. They can look quite medium on the value scale but that is not how their skin reacted when tested with a variety of value levels.

Within a given Season, there can be fluctuations in TMIT tolerance. Some Soft Autumns can wear a little more saturation than others. Their predominant colour dimension is still softness of colour.

4. Does a client whose TMIT isn’t obvious to look at need to make adjustements in use of the fan?

Everyone needs to adjust use  of the fan but not for that reason. The test process will show TMIT. If you didn’t contain it, the drapes wouldn’t have measured it.

But there can be wide darkness level ranges within a Season, especially in hair. The value range (lightest to darkest) of a Season is quite wide and the person could be coloured anywhere within it. There are more ‘usual presentations’  but Terry talked about  the danger of stereotyping  in article 1. This doesn’t influence use of the palette in clothing, but you might use your second darkest neutral for pants and shoes. You might wear a darker lipstick.

There are Dark Winters who are quite cool but not very highly saturated in their group. They look Soft Summery. It might help them to own that palette for shopping. They could wear some darker Soft Summer colours if they already appear a little less dark or candy-coloured than a Dark Winter whose colouring lives at the border with True Winter.

There are Dark Winters who are plenty saturated but warmish in the group. Me, for instance. Clients must test all cosmetic recommendations. If you bought something from a list without testing, I take no blame.

Today, Terry takes up the topic of what we’re really measuring. It’s not what’s sitting on the top. It’s not what you think you see.



One thought on “Article 2 for The PCA Client”

  1. I just want to say how appreciated this is of yours, before I read Terry’s! If only we could all hold onto this, it’s so clarifying because it answers most of our continued questions as well as the ones featured here. It is the whole point of this system in a nutshell, and why comparisons are nigh on impossible in real life practice. This must drive you crazy, Christine, but honestly it is worth it to us to keep getting these nudges.

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