Meet my sister. Sonja could never find the common thread between the colours that look best on her. Cool and warm colours both worked sometimes. In certain deep blues, she unsure. She has neither the time or the interest to invest in worrying about her appearance too much. She does not wear makeup and probably never will.
Clothes that cannot speak the truth about us cost as much as clothes that do. When we communicate accurately about ourselves, it feels surprisingly peaceful to both us and the viewer. As a PCA progresses and we begin to identify the perfect colours, there are two expressions that consistently come into the client’s eyes. One is ease, a complete absence of tension. The other is humour. The eyes look quietly joyful. In men, I see either this inner satisfaction come out, or a more um, predatory ?, expression as, “How YOU doing?”
Summer with a hint of Spring
Within the first 5 drapes, we had established that any dark colour, warm, cool, soft, clear, did not matter, was unflattering. Sonja disappeared. All your eyes could see was the overpoweringly dark drape. Her skin had virtually no colour. It could not compete with the drape. The overall effect was of aging, fatigue, and a weak presence.
We found her skin to be predominantly cool, but needing a little pale yellow light to be well balanced. The Light Summer was right. In 12 Season colour analysis, this is one of the Neutral Seasons, blending a trace of Spring with the Summer base. This is a surprisingly different palette from True Summer, given that the seasons are neighbours. Just as their colours are very different, so are their energies.
These are more cheerful, energetic colours, but no spice market. These are more like Popsicle colours. Warmer and cooler options exist, as for all Neutral Seasons. None of the colours ever gets extremely dark. They are the June Garden Party colours. The summer holiday.
Think of Princess Diana. A sunnier, more activated personality, but proper nonetheless. She can still be relied on to behave and contain her reactions. Her soothing voice, understanding manner, and unfailingly decent conduct may cause her to be the sounding board for many a rant and rave that she did nothing to incite.
Her colours do not compete with who Sonja is. They allow us to know her better. She looks relaxed and calm wearing these tones. Light Summer women often shy away from makeup because they have been put in colours that are too bright. Someone got the idea that a pop of colour would liven them up. There are no pops of colour in their natural blueprint, so painting one on their face feels ridiculous. They have been put in eyeshadows that are too earthy, eyeliners that are too dark, and blush that feels silly. They need light,fresh, cool colours, halfway between soft and clear, with a little pale yellow sunlight.
Everyone wants to be a blonde or have blonde highlights. Fully 75% of those highlights were put on heads that should never have them. Light Summer women actually look great as long as it’s not overdone. The colour is like this child’s. The base colour shows through, because a whole head of blonde looks completely flat. The highlight is a cool beige, not very yellow at all.
Sonja adds streaks to her light ash brown hair. She knows that she can go very light, to a light creamy beige. When it shines, it looks almost silvery, very good with the cool skin. A common mistake for these women is to have golden highlights. The yellow in the hair does not calm the skin. It fights with it. It flushes the nose with red and causes the face to look oily or sweaty. Unless Mother Nature gave you that colouring, don’t try to work gold from a bottle. There is no gold in your Colours Book, so don’t wear a hat hair in that colour.
In Sonja’s Words
I hate shopping, primarily because there is too much choice and it boggles my mind. Having the little color book with me is great because it is like I have a personal stylist in my pocket. I whip it out wherever I am and I know that if the color matches, I am safe to buy the item. I actually get compliments on my color choices now.
It also allows me to reduce the amount of clothes in the store that I have to consider. I bypass entire sections if the color is not one of mine and so I can narrow the field. This helps me shop.
Plus, of course, I feel more confident knowing that I will look good. Now, if you could only make me thinner!