“A lifetime of trying on in one afternoon!”
How one client summed up her Colour Analysis session – a simply brilliant assessment and, hands up, at no time during the past ten years had I come up with this one-liner myself.
Fundamentally, that’s exactly what Colour Analysis is – albeit with a professionally trained eye and a whole lot of experience. If that’s the case, couldn’t you just do it yourself?
DO IT YOURSELF
Without doubt, you could set aside an afternoon yourself and have a go yourself – here goes and good luck!
Will you have what it takes to be your own Colour Consultant?
We shall see …………
So, you’ve removed any make up and you’ve positioned a seat in front of a full length mirror, in natural daylight.
Right, before you settle in front of the mirror, group your clothing items by colour – reds, blues, greens etc – let’s get started!
* Firstly, take the pile of ‘reds’.
* Choose two of the red items and place them, one on top of the other under your chin, as if they were large, flat scarves.
* Peel back one red item, revealing the one underneath – compare the effect each of the two colours has on your face – which is more flattering? Which FEELS good? How often do you wear these items?
* Keep the most flattering red, of the two, under your chin and place the next red on top – peel back and reveal as before – which is more flattering? Which FEELS good? How often do you wear these items?
* Continue this process until you’re left with the ‘best’ red in your wardrobe – now we’re starting to get somewhere!
* Repeat the whole process, as above, but with your pile of blues, a pile of greens etc
* Work your way through your entire wardrobe
Taking photos of yourself along the way can help with reflecting later if you’re struggling to see the difference in the ‘here and now’
In theory, you’ll now be left with a pile of ‘best’ colours:
* What’s the common, dare I say, thread?!
* All BRIGHT colours? All SOFT colours? LIGHT colours? DEEP colours?
* What about the fabrics? Natural fibres? Silky? Smooth? Textured? Patterned? Plain?
Now, to your discarded pile…….
* As with your ‘best’ colours – what’s the common theme here?
* How do they differ from the ‘best’ colours pile?
* How does the fabric compare?
* What can you deduce from your overall findings?
This simplified process may help you to determine some ‘best’ colours but it also helps you practice ‘tuning in’ to what works for you – to develop a critical eye.
Practise makes perfect!
The majority of us have a random collection of jewellery – childhood memories, gifts we haven’t the heart to throw away, holiday purchases, those pieces we buy because they ‘match’ an outfit and a handful of items we ACTUALLY WEAR!
Gather together your jewellery collection,
Let’s assume you have a mix of metallic coloured jewellery – gold, silver, rose gold, bronze, copper, diamonds
Sit back down in front of that mirror and let’s get started:
With bare shoulders
* Place a silver item on one shoulder and a gold item on the other shoulder
* Ignoring the style of the item itself, focus on the colour. Which COLOUR works best with your overall colouring [eyes, face and hair]? Which FEELS right?
* Then place both silver and gold pieces alongside your pile of ‘best’ colours – which works better with the items as a whole?
If you FEEL gold works better than silver:
* By comparison try any bronze pieces, copper pieces and Rose Gold pieces ( if more coppery than pink toned ) – are these better still? Do they work just as well? Which pieces feel right for you?
If you FEEL silver works better than gold try:
* By comparison try any diamond, diamante and Rose Gold pieces( if more pink toned than coppery ) – are these better still? Do they work better still? Which pieces FEEL right for you?
HOW DID YOU GET ON?
By now, you may well be in the swing of this Colour Analysis lark and really feel that you’re gaining a natural eye for colour. It’s a fact that many do not need Colour Analysis – through a process of trial and error they get there themselves…………
In truth, the majority do not have this natural flair – the reality is, some ‘see’ colour and colour coordination well and have a natural flair which can be developed – others less so!
…………….and some, mentioning no names, become totally absorbed in the subject, go on to live and breathe all things colour and, in time, become a colour consultant themselves!