She is the author of Return to Your Natural Colours (1st, 2nd ed.), Discerning our Natural Colours, and the 12 BLUEPRINTS blog. She is the owner of the Blueprints makeup line and provides materials and supplies for graduates of the colour analyst training courses. She resides in Ontario and Prince Edward Island, Canada.
From interest to passion
For the first 45 years of my life, my approach to appearance was double-sided. In one way, I thought I looked fine, which meant looking similar to those around me. On the other hand, I was discouraged. Every hair colour was too warm and turned orange after two weeks, and I did not own one outfit in which I felt confident.
Having read about colour analysis in the 1980’s, I had a general sense of trying to create an image based on colours that were already a part of my natural being (every quiz placed me as an Autumn). Autumn colours were hit-and-miss. I didn’t apply them to my choices because I didn’t know how, neither how to choose them nor how recognize success. The bigger breakthrough from this period was realizing that if a woman had her Season colours in her makeup products, her kit would be perfect for her and complete.
Colour analysis was temporarily forgotten, replaced with education, career, and family. In 1990, I arrived in Ontario with a doctorate in veterinary medicine. For the next 20 years, I was a practicing veterinarian, raising three children.
Appearance was not top of the list, but I have always loved makeup and been fascinated by the extent to which appearance speaks on our behalf. I shopped where my teenagers did, enjoying the artistic challenge of shopping. The problem was repeating buying patterns over and over, with no inkling of a better way. Plus, I looked like a teenager. Compliments were random. One thing worked, the next didn’t, and I still couldn’t put together an outfit when the only guidelines in sight were shifting trends, media ideals, and any other influence that came along.
In 2005 my fascination with the Internet needed a practical outlet to learn more. I began a blog called A Greener Tea where I wrote about beauty, fitness, and life’s journey, topics that interest me still and gave me a context for the website. The Internet and writing about beauty brought colour analysis back into my awareness.
A site called 12 BLUEPRINTS
In 2009, my interest in colour was still growing. If I was going to write about colour, I figured that I should be formally trained as a colour analyst. In researching PCA systems, none was convincing enough for the investment. When I happened upon Sci\ART, my reaction was instantaneous. The blend of world-class expertise in colour classification with an artist’s eye for natural harmony seemed a necessary partnership to create a structured method with the end result of harmonious appearance.
Sci/ART analyst Terry Wildfong (www.yournaturaldesign.com) taught me how exacting and detailed a great colour analysis can be. My analysis result was Dark Winter, meaning that my colouring is derived from Winter colours with a smaller influence from Autumn.
There was no denying that the system works. Plain as day, I could see the improvement in my appearance, as Terry explained how to interpret what was happening in the mirror. Once you’ve seen it, going back to being random is harder than staying on track. A new way of managing appearance had materialized and it looked promising.
The first week was unsteady. Some habits were easy to leave behind, recognizing them for the security blankets they were. Other impulses took longer to let go but the fog was lifting. As I wrote about the journey, the colour category of the blog outweighed all the others. A Greener Tea was retired, and 12 BLUEPRINTS appeared.
With every purchase, the value of PCA was hitting home runs. I looked better, others agreed, and insights about who I was meant to be were emerging. This method worked from Day 1 in my real life and it would clearly work for anybody who knew their own colours.
With each success, I was more motivated to test my newfound shopping skills and amazed by how good I felt. The new makeup looked stimulating instead of flat and boring. I could put all kinds of outfits together for any occasion and knew exactly how to buy more. My colour decisions continued to improve and do so still.
These experiences taught me that having the name of our Season isn’t enough. From it grew the mission of 12 Blueprints, which is to assist you in selecting and combining your palette colours to your best effect, in every item of apparel that you wear, including your makeup and hair colour.
I was a mother, a wife, a doctor, and a woman turning 50. I wasn’t a fashion insider and did not identify with the fashion industry. I wanted to improve my presence and self-esteem in the real world, with a healthy and self-respecting approach to appearance. In a short time, after decades of searching for where I fit in, I had found my place in this once-confusing landscape, along with strength and peace, a feeling of being home at last.
I had proven to myself that we could create genuine appearance within our own lives. We could look beautiful without aspiring to, let alone imitating, media images and standards regarding appearance. Rather than passively ignoring them, here was a method for meeting the problem face to face and solving it.
Today, I have an endpoint for myself, my clients, and my students, and that is a functional, elegant, interactive closet within any budget and schedule, that they can create themselves. In realizing how profound the improvement could be, I knew that I had to share it.
Teaching, Resources, and a Store
Once the first edition of Return to Your Natural Colours appeared in 2012, I received many requests to teach PCA. The Test and Luxury drape collections were created for the growing community of colour analysts. As new analysts opened their businesses and I saw the joy and excitement in their clients’ faces in pictures, the fire was fully ignited.
I left veterinary medicine in 2014 to concentrate fully on the colour enterprise, improving existing products and adding more. Season-coloured cosmetics were added a few years later to save women time and work at the makeup counter.
Today 12 BLUEPRINTS has grown into a platform for analysts and individuals to access more information about the Seasons, with the second edition of the book released in 2018. Shopping guides, products, and other tools are now available for clients and students.
Welcome to 12 BLUEPRINTS Personal Colour Analysis. I hope that you find the information here as useful and meaningful as I do.
Welcome to a store dedicated to your colours.
With personal colour analysis (PCA), you will know which of the 12 Season palettes contains the same colours that are in you right now. Your days of wondering which colours to buy in clothes, makeup, and hair colour will be over. It really is that easy.
We can replace time in your calendar, dollars in your wallet, and offer you a menu of great choices that could have been custom-coloured for you. With the Season-specific products in this store, you don't have to go looking for colours any more. They just found you. Your Season palette and this website have done the legwork.
I want you to know that there's a better way to shop, a smarter way to spend your appearance dollars, and an immediate reward of clothing and cosmetics that look like they were made for each other and for you. The 12 BLUEPRINTS Store brings you closer to an appearance goal that I set for myself: looking like the best possible version of me.
Why harmonious makeup?
When colours are in harmony, their combined effect is stunning, a 1+1=3 equation that is beautiful to behold.
The makeup colours that belong with your colours have profound appearance effects, even more than with apparel because they are applied directly to the skin. The colours in the Blueprints line of cosmetics have been selected using colour theory and wide client experience to offer you a menu of only excellent choices.
You and your makeup will look even more beautiful by being together. No more hit and miss of buying similar colours that are two degrees either way. No more trying to figure it out yourself. And no more missing out on the effect you were hoping for.
Every person is an individual
Within any Season, cosmetics may look slightly different on various women. We all have nuances in our complexions, variations in skin chemistry, different eye and hair colours. All of these affect a product’s final appearance. We also have our own preferences in cosmetic formulations and desired effects.
Red is a colour which we notice and react to strongly, more so than to neutral colours of, say, eyeshadows. For lip colours in particular, try before buying, both in the Blueprints line from this store and from the cosmetic lists for your Season that your colour analyst may have provided. Your colour analyst may try a variety of lip colours at the time of your colour analysis or may be able to provide you with samples to try at home.
The eyeshadow palettes always work. They offer you five choices of neutral colours, the most difficult to select, especially in cosmetics. The colours are not intended to be the only eyeshadows you ever own, although they might be since they mix and match so easily. Use them with your current colours. You might also use them to gauge colours from other cosmetic lines. Smudge them on paper; if they all look like they grew on the same tree, they'll probably work beautifully with your eyes.
Although samples are not available from this store, they may be available through your local colour analyst. Not all analysts carry the Blueprints cosmetics line, or they may only stock certain items. Ask at the time of your PCA appointment.
No animal testing at any stage. Paraben and fragrance free.
Made in Canada from start to finish, not just assembled in Canada.
Triple milled. Matte powders feel like creams. Shimmer products, which require a more loosely pressed product, are soft and blendable.
Please note: The line is not certified as vegan or gluten free. One of the manufacturer's foundations contains wheat germ and may be sourced from the same laboratory. Cross contamination is possible even though an ingredient list might not specify wheat-derived products. Ingredient lists are here.