Clothing vs. Cosmetics

by Terry Wildfong (Michigan + California) While lipsticks and blush relate to an individual’s undertone, foundation is matched to overtone as it is dealing with the outer layer of skin. I have had many Winters who have a lot of yellow in their skin. They are cool (or cool neutral) but need a yellow (warmer) beige foundation. Don’t be

Whatever Your Glorious Age: Colour Analysis at 50+

by Lisa Kelly (Ontario, Canada) (Series – Part 5 of 5) For my 50th birthday back in 2013,  I did something very out of character: I spent $300 on my appearance, on a personal colour analysis.  Me,  a jeans-and-t-shirt casual woman, intimidated by anything stronger than lipgloss. And yet the decision felt simple, and the

Why I’m Letting My Hair Go Gray in My Twenties (And Why You Don’t Have to)

by Alane Rode (Wisconsin) (Series – Part 4 of 5) I found my first gray hair at 15. For real. I remember it vividly. Standing in first period with my current crush towering over me, my teenage heart fluttered when he lifted his hand to touch my hair. “Oh hey, you’ve got something in your

Help, I’m Not Young Anymore!

by Johanna Järvinen (Finland) (Series – Part 3 of 5) Ageing is a natural and inevitable process that happens to all us of, one day at a time. Still, there are moments when time just seems to catch up with your looks all of a sudden. Just google something like, ‘can you age ten years

Makeup As We Age

by Jorunn Hernes (Norway) (Series – Part 2 of 5) As we grow older, our colours fade. Our hair turns grey, and the colour of our eyes fades a little. We don’t shed the outer layer of skin cells like we did when we were young, which results in a duller surface. The skin loses

To Grey Or Not to Grey

by Debi Rushworth (New Brunswick, Canada) (Series – Part 1 of 5) I was chatting with a friend the other day about the challenges of ageing and I realised again how much progress I’d made in coming to terms with my appearance. I went silver at a young age. In fact I found my first grey

Color in a Time of Crisis

by Brynn Kaufman (California) I am writing this to you on the seventeenth day that I and my family have been isolating ourselves, doing our part to slow the virus that is growing around the globe. Like I imagine yours has, my life has gone through some rapid changes – my kindergartener is home, there

The Right Polish for Spring Skin

by Christine Scaman (Prince Edward Island, Canada) Where agreement, order, and a sense of belonging exist between the elements of a composition, for example, apparel and hair colour, we sense harmony. Harmonious relationships give the colours the ability to interact. This is visual magic, as if the colours in an outfit are speaking to one

Love and Colour Analysis

by Anna Fraś (Poland) A fleeting impression An unusual smile awarded my queueing today at the department of motor vehicles. The lady looked up from her desk: I saw a truly extraordinary expression on her face. The smile was not only kind and welcoming, but radiant, showing gladness to be there and this kind of

That Moment of Wonderment

by Lisa Kelly (Ontario, Canada) That Moment of Wonderment in your Colour Analysis: A Valentine for you I can still feel my gasp, looking in the mirror when the headscarf (which had covered my hair during the analysis) came off.  Was that MY hair? That subtle gorgeous mix of shades – bark, sand, teak, frost

Minimalism, Colour Analysis and Your Cosmetic Bag

by Terry Wildfong (Michigan + California) Are you a minimalist? Minimalism seems to be the in thing to do nowadays. There are many resources to help you remove unwanted and unneeded items from your house and life. There are numerous articles about how to reduce clothing items you may not often wear or no longer

The Perfect White for your Wedding Dress

by Jorunn Hernes (Norway) The best way to choose the correct white for your season is to begin by accepting that perhaps your best ‘white’ is not white. Your Wedding Day If you are getting married, you know that this is the one day in your life when you want to look your very best.

How to Choose Gold for Your Skintone

by Christine Scaman (Prince Edward Island, Canada) In any given person, like you reading this for example, every colour sings in perfect harmony with every other. These eyes go with that skin. This skin would grow this hair colour, not that one. Harmony means getting along, implying at least two participants. Friction, or not getting

Christmas: The 12 Seasons in Your Home

by Elegance Colour Consulting (British Columbia, Canada) Expressing Your Season At Christmas… DARK WINTER Christmas Red Dark Winter is Winter influenced by Autumn. Bringing a dash of Autumn into Winter produces a palette that’s slightly warmed and slightly softened relative to the other Winters.  Since both Winter and Autumn colors are comparatively dark, depth of color is the most

The Right Polish for Winter Skin

by Christine Scaman (Prince Edward Island, Canada) To improve our status quo, three questions matter: What do I want?  Where am I now?  What am I willing to do?  What do I want? Most of us are clear about what we don’t want. Nailing down what we want is like chasing a drop of mercury

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

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

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