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1. Personal Seasonal Color Analysis

>> Do you find that most of your closet contains black clothing?  Does it make you feel “safe”?  You have found that it goes with everything, makes you feel thinner?  Did you know that there are various shades of black and the black in your closet may actually make you look older, heavier?

>> Does wearing color make you uncomfortable?  Are you afraid of wearing color because it is powerful and you don’t feel confident?

>> Are you concerned about an upcoming event or occasion and you seriously just don’t know what would be appropriate to wear for your age, shape, or style?

>>  Do you have an upcoming professional photo shoot and you want to be stunning but don’t know how to pull it off?

There are several techniques in use around the world to perform a true color analysis.  The process that started it all was “Color Me Beautiful.” It laid out techniques for determining your best colors from the main four seasons, Spring (warm colors), Summer (cool colors), Autumn (warm colors) and Winter (cool colors).  If you were a “true” season, this process worked remarkably well.  However, this process mainly focused on two factors: to determine whether a person was Warm or Cool and whether they were Light or Dark.  Unfortunately, most people ended up confused and/or dissatisfied.  The excitement faded and many did not have faith in color analysis.  Things have come a long way since the 1980′s.

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"Glow in the colors that enhance you the most!"

My preference today is to use the color identification system created by Albert Munsell.  By closely assessing your unique color characteristics, we can then determine which of the 12 seasonal color palettes works best with and enhances your coloring.

There are four main “seasons” just like in nature.  But, just as one season in nature transitions into the next, our system takes into account that there are dominate characteristics within that transition or flow to the next season.  This color analysis system is far more accurate because it takes into account all of the characteristics within a given season and therefore works with any type of coloring you may have!

What a color analysis should do for you is to define the subtleties about you as an individual and then determine where in the transition or flow from one season to the next best describes and enhances YOU.  If you were to look at a color palette from a Soft Autumn and compare it to a Deep Autumn, you will see that the palettes go well together, but the Soft Autumn would find the Deep Autumn colors to strong for their coloring, too over-powering.  Whereas the Deep Autumn would be too blah, dreary, in the Soft Autumn colors.  It’s obvious the color palettes belong to the same Season, but one enhances the coloring of the Soft (chroma) individual and one enhances the coloring of the Deep (chroma) individual.  If we just combined the color palettes and call both individuals, “Autumn”, do you see how you would be mostly right, but a bit off?  Here is an example.

RIGHT PALETTE

If you put your hand over Drew Barrymore’s photo on the right, see how Jennifer Love Hewitt’s Deep Autumn coloring glows in the Deep Autumn Palette Colors.  Her palette matches the intensity of her coloring.  Now do the same for Drew Barrymore.  Cover the photo of Jennifer Love Hewitt and see how Drew’s Soft Autumn coloring looks healthy and she just glows in her muted Soft Autumn Palette.  Just today, I saw Drew in a commercial with Winter’s red, white, and black.  Her lipstick was bright red.  It was literally horrible!  Note: In the old system, they would both be Autumn Seasons but as you can see below, the subtle differences really stand out!

WRONG PALETTE

Let’s do that experiment again.  Cover the photo with Jennifer Love Hewitt.  Can you see how Drew doesn’t look terrible but you notice the colors and not her beauty.  It’s too over-powering, the colors are too much for her! Now, let’s see how Jennifer Love Hewitt appears in the Soft Autumn Palette.  Cover up the photo of Drew Barrymore and see for yourself. Jennifer’s coloring actually seems to have changed.  She looks a little off.  The colors don’t do her beauty justice.  She’s still beautiful, but for Jennifer Love Hewitt, she just looks “okay.”

Just as it is in nature, it isn’t Spring one day and then Summer the next.  It is a process, a transition.  This is why in the original 4-Season Color System, many people didn’t ‘fit’ because they were not a True Season.  They found that some colors they liked worked, but most of the colors given them did not.

Our goal with color analysis is to bring out the beauty of your natural coloring and downplay the less desirable traits.  I know change can make a person apprehensive, but let me reassure you that almost every single client I have had adjusts to the changes and becomes confident in their new colors.  Old habits can be difficult to break.  After usually a short adjustment period, they naturally begin to choose the right clothing, makeup, hair color, and accessories and don’t even have to think about it!

Your particular skin tone will determine your overall basic coloring.  The tone of your skin is created by melanin (brown), hemoglobin (red), and carotene (yellow). These are each factors in creating your particular unique coloring.  I have more carotene which means my skin is more yellow or honey-based.  If you have more hemoglobin, you will have more blue or rose-toned skin.  Melanin is triggered by an enzyme called tyrosinase, which creates the color of skin, eyes, and hair shades.  You cannot use eyes or hair color to determine a particular season as all seasons encompass all hair and eye shades. It all begins with the color and tone of the skin.

Our skin acts as a filter and the tone we are looking for lies just beneath the skin’s surface.  You will be one of the following:

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>> Neutral – a person with this type of skin has a good balance between both cool and warm undertones.

>> Cool – a person with this type of skin will have bluish or rosy undertones.

>> Warm – a person with this type of skin will have golden or yellowish undertones.


Depending on what your coloring is, during your PSCA, you will learn:

>> Why the season you are determined to be will offer the very best color choices for your unique coloring.

>> Which colors are best to wear for tops, next to your face (such as blouses, shirts, dresses, earrings, necklaces, tie clips, and hair color).

>> Which colors you should choose from to build the foundation or staples of your wardrobe ( such as blazers,  jackets, coats, pants, slacks, shorts, skirts, and their accessories).

>> Which makeup shades or tones work best with your skin type and lifestyle so that people notice your beautiful or handsome face instead of your makeup.

>> Which colors are your best for casual or formal occasions.  Also, maybe even more importantly, which colors to avoid or completely stay away from.

>> How to deal with life-changing events such as your new body after giving birth, substantial weight gain or loss, and how aging effects your season and style.

I am able to assist you with your PSCA virtually if you are not located near me in Southwest Florida.  I use a system that is very accurate that can complete the assessment via email and/or fax and Skype.  Just let me know what your needs are.

If you are interested in learning exactly how Personal Seasonal Color Analysis works, I show you the system I use here.

 

2. Determining Your Particular Style

Once we have determined your season and know your colors, we can begin the journey of uncovering your own particular style.

 

To your success and empowerment,

Deborah A. Ten Brink's Signature