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The Reluctant Bright Winter

by Jorunn Hernes (Norway) I see quite a few Bright Winters. Their reactions when their colour tone is revealed can roughly be divided into two categories: The first category is the client who exuberantly embraces her colours, squeals with glee at finally being able to unchain all her favourite colours, and hops out the door

How I Built a Kickass Wardrobe at Thrift Stores

by Cate Linden (Kentucky) I rarely buy my clothing new anymore, and I’ve never been so excited by my closet. Switching to thrift stores wasn’t a momentous or even a very conscious decision for me; I was just finding so much amazing stuff that I lost the motivation to look elsewhere. A couple of weeks

Hair Color for Dark Winter (and Dark Autumn)

by Courtenay St. John (Connecticut/Massachusetts) As a Color Analyst, I usually encourage clients to approximate their natural hair color as much as possible. The color that you were born with is always in harmony with your skin tone, so the chance for unwanted oranges, overall ashy-ness, intense color blocks or other disjointed effects that distract the

How I Stopped Buying More Clothes

by Christine Scaman (Prince Edward Island, Canada) Colour analysis (or PCA, Personal Colour Analysis) is for people who understand that appearance impacts relationships. It is an eye-opener to hear how decisions as simple as the clothing or cosmetics we reached for that morning affected how others responded to us all day. Their decisions are unrelated

How Long Should a PCA Result Take?

by Terry Wildfong (Michigan + California) At first blush, time may seem somewhat irrelevant; but believe me, it is significantly important. It may be one of the reasons some clients have a negative, instead of positive, draping experience and/or conflicting result if previously draped. Answer: A minimum of 1.5 to 2.5 hours for the draping process

Sign-up for a FREE course: Choosing Lipstick

by Jorunn Hernes (Norway) Choosing Lipstick If you are afraid of lipstick, this course is for you. Maybe you’re just a little intimidated, or feel you need a little guidance. If you want to ease into using lipstick as part of your self-care routine, step into Jorunn’s office. She’ll give you some baby steps to

3 Reasons to Wear Lipstick

by Jorunn Hernes (Norway) Let me be crystal clear. You don’t have to wear lipstick. It is perfectly possible to live a rich and fulfilling life without it. However, lipstick is one of the most powerfully feminine icons of our culture. It is difficult to be a grown woman and not have a relationship with lipstick, whether you are

What is ‘Contrast Level’?

by Terry Wildfong (California/Michigan) We often hear analysts and clients say that people are low, medium, or high contrast in explaining how to wear their clothing colors. But what does that really mean? Value What I learned it to mean in the ’90’s, and how I still use the terms today, contrast levels are determined

Where Are You Going?

by Cate Linden (Kentucky) When I meet someone for the first time, they already know who I am. I used to feel surprised when someone read me accurately upon a first meeting, but I shouldn’t have. My outfit was speaking for me, communicating my confidence in my choices, my sensitive nature, my fizzing intellect. It

The Right Polish for Autumn Skin

by Christine Scaman (Prince Edward Island, Canada) In the autumn time of year in the Northern hemisphere or the late afternoon of any given day, light from the sun travels a long distance at a low angle. Colours are imbued with particular qualities as a result, appearing rich and warm with emphasis on shape and

Dos and Don’ts for Post-PCA

by Alane Rode (Wisconsin) I can always see the look in a client’s eyes settling in just before they leave the appointment. It’s the “How the *bleep* am I going to do this by myself?” look. I get it. I’ve been there. The thing about finding your season is that it doesn’t actually work that

What is Under My Overtone?

by Terry Wildfong (Michigan + California) What exactly is an overtone? It’s the coloring of a person’s outward appearance: skin, hair, and eyes made from each person’s unique levels of melanin (black, blue, brown), hemoglobin (pink, red)  and carotene (yellow, orange, red). We make assumptions about coloring based on how cool or warm they look,

Dressing Your Postpartum Body

by Katherine Schlagal Bullock (Texas) I’ve wanted to write about this for awhile… it’s a tough subject for me. Still, I wanted to get my story out there, because I want it to be of help to those who might be going through, or have gone though, something similar. For those of us who are

The Minimalist Travel Wardrobe

by Jorunn Hernes (Norway) A simple rule to keep in mind when travelling: Everything you bring shall match all the other items. Travel Wardrobe = a condensed capsule wardrobe. If there is something you pick that doesn’t match the shoes you are thinking of bringing, choose something else instead. This is much easier if you

A Soft Summer Hair Story

My Hair Colour Story I have medium brown hair that is just now starting to get a few silver strands (yes, amazing but true). I have always kept a golden highlight in it, ever since my early 20s. I bought clothing that seemed to harmonize best with the whole picture, including my hair colour. 
It

Thoughts on 12 BLUEPRINTS Cosmetics

by Cate Linden (Kentucky) After a Personal Color Analysis, the very first thing most of my clients do is this: They buy makeup. They stop at the drugstore on the way home, or they wait for my makeup list to show up in their inbox so they can carefully craft a shopping list. So when

A Light Summer Hair Story

by Courtenay St. John (Connecticut/Massachusetts) As a Color Analyst, I usually encourage clients to approximate their natural hair color as much as possible. The color that you were born with is always in harmony with your skin tone, so the chance for unwanted oranges, overall ashy-ness, intense color blocks or other disjointed effects that distract the

Makeup: Finding Balance

by Florentina Mossou (The Netherlands) With colour analysis, I spend a lot of time around makeup. While I was swatching, testing, and applying makeup, I started to wonder… What separates normal, average, seen-it-everywhere makeup from totally great makeup? Before we begin, please don’t think makeup for PCA is obligatory in any way. It’s not. You’ll

The Right Polish for Summer Skin

by Christine Scaman (Prince Edward Island, Canada) Feeling imbalance I went to a meeting. As people arrived, one woman distinguished herself immediately as a leader in any crowd. Her physical presence was noticed first because she was quite tall and strongly built. Her face was equally strong, in the colours of coffee, cream, and golden

Tips For Great Hair Color Without Going to the Salon

by Courtenay St. John (Connecticut/Massachusetts) A Personal Decision Not To Go Gray… There are two things I remember Grandmom saying that must have deeply imprinted my ideas about hair color. Grandmom unfavorably viewed those blond TV personalities whose “roots were showing.” And, in her 90’s, Grandmom still crowed, “I have never seen a gray hair