Pam is a real woman who lives in the real world. Like the majority of women, she is gorgeous and does not know it. She does not have time to dwell on it anyhow. She has a family and a job. She has not been in school for 7 years and it has been hard to find time and money to spend fussing about her looks since then. Pam has become a confident, interesting woman. She does not want to look like a student anymore.
True and Neutral Seasons
A PCA (personal colour analysis) focuses on the 4 True Seasons (True Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter) in the first stages to eliminate some pieces from the puzzle. With Pam, Spring colours were the first to go.
Summer was manageable but Winter was better. Autumn and Winter were about the same. The intensity of her eye colour was dramatically enhanced in the Autumn drapes but the skin tone was not improved.
When we appreciate the skin effects of one Season and the eye effects of another, the skin takes precedence. Once the skin colours are harmonized, eye and hair colours are automatically perfected.
The photographs show calm, evenly coloured skin. Yes, Pam has skin to be envied. But Pam is also a Mom with 2 young kids. She does not sleep well every night. Still, in her beautiful colours, you can see the luminous, flawless, poreless skin, the white teeth, and the crisp whiteness of the white of the eye.
We find things beautiful because they feel good to look at. Others don’t deconstruct our shadows or how our clothing works with our skin. They sense the settled, peaceful ease of colours that just seem to belong together.
Wearing our own colours make us feel good too. Pam feels comfortable in these colours. These are the colours that she recognizes because they live inside her already and speak truthfully on her behalf. It is telling the world who she really is and it feels familiar, like a truth you have always known but have never heard spoken before.
These colours allow her to look as she is. Pam is calm, a little remote, a little shy, but now, she is aware of her beauty. She is a little formal. You would not know everything about Pam in the first hour. This is very typical of the Winter character. Add a little Spring to Winter, and you up the emotion. Add a little Autumn, and you increase the determination. Pam does not back down.
Dark Winter makeup and hair
Pam usually wears no makeup. It feels too fake, too dark, too conspicuous. In these pictures, she has a dab of concealer blended with moisturizer under her eye. She is wearing a fair bit of blush to add some life and shape to the face. Eyeshadow (medium-dark cool gray-brown)and eyeliner (black-brown) are minimal. The final touch is a plum-brown lipstick, covered with a caramel gloss to tone it down so she will not feel too obviously made-up. This is beyond movie star skin but it looks natural. It took 5 minutes, 5 products, and it looks effortless and real and natural.
Pam’s hair is a dark ash brown. Highlights would disrupt her elegance. Like most Winters, her hair colour is best in the her own natural colour, without the disorganizing effect of light strands here and there.
Your colour feeling
The trick is to find what you can do, what is consistent with who you are inside.
After a lifetime of playing it safe, you have to ease into saying so much about yourself. As Marianne Williamson said, “It is not our darkness we are afraid of. It is our light.”
Many people are wearing someone else’s clothes and spending a lot of time and money to send out signals that detract from who they really are. Many others are trying to send out no message and render themselves invisible, so they live in comfort clothes, but that is an equally detracting memo about who you could be.
Colour is deeply imprinted on human beings. With an understanding of your personal palette, you develop an understanding of how it feels to be you.
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