Sunday, 27 November 2016

Experimenting With A Sister Season.....My Road Test.

If you have been categorized and draped in one of the eight neutral seasons, it can be a temptation to experiment with your "sister" season. Let's do some comparisons.....

Dark Autumn-Dark Winter

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Bright Winter-Bright Spring

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Light Spring-Light Summer

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Soft Summer-Soft Autumn

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And, why not? Your neighbor season's palette may really catch your eye!

No secret here.....many of you who are long-time readers of my blog know that Bright Winter was my eye candy, along with Light Summer....there is a certain something about the cool neutral seasons mixed with Spring that I am in complete love with. Add in the drama of Winter, and I'm sold!

So.....what happened when I decided to experiment with my long time love, Bright Winter? 

I was inadvertently pushing aside crucial differences of the neighboring palettes, reasoning that going a little off-center would be "no big deal". Here is what has to be remembered....

1) One of the two neutral "sister" seasons is always darker. 
The other is always lighter. Note how Bright Spring looks sunnier. Bright Winter has more depth, courtesy of True Winter. 

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2) One of the two neutral "sister" seasons has more yellow added. The other contains more blue and red. See how Soft Summer has True Summer's blue and rose pink as an overlay, while Soft Autumn has a healthy dose of True Autumn's ochre yellow added to it. 

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3) One season will have a greater level of value contrast, which is the distance between pure black and pure white.  The other will not be as contrasting. Dark Winter goes very close to dark, inky black and pure white. Dark Autumn approaches only as far as an oyster white and a deep espresso browned black. 

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4) One seasonal category will be slightly more clear and bright. The other will be just a little bit softer. The difference in clarity is subtle, but it does exist....again, because one palette contains more primary yellow and/or red than the other. The closer to Summer or Autumn, the more muted it will be. The closer to Winter or Spring, the brighter it will be. 

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So....what went wrong in my case?

1) Darkness. Because I am predominantly Spring, I have less of a darkness tolerance than does someone who is a bona fide Bright Winter. It is very easy for shadows to be cast onto my face in an unflattering manner, which is common with Spring seasons or Spring season blends in general. 

2) I need yellow for balance. Too much blue is aging and makes me look a bit oxygen deprived. Bright Spring turns on my inner "light" and I get a glow from it that Bright Winter does not provide. 

3) Bright Spring has contrast to it, but not to the degree that Bright Winter does. Too much value contrast on me reads as very harsh and unfriendly looking. It also puts 10 years on me. 

4) Both Bright Winter and Bright Spring are indeed bright, but going back to point #2, I need that extra bit of sunshine. 
Bright Winter is more intense, due to the addition of red and blue into the palette. That intensity on me makes me look unapproachable. The lighting in both photos varies, but the effect can still be seen. 

                                                   Bright Winter

                                                 Bright Spring    

Whether you should experiment with your neighbor or "sister" season or not is indeed a personal choice. Sometimes, if you are in need of Winter clothing, or there are few selections in the stores, you may have to purchase something less than ideal. It happens, and life is not perfect...which is the beauty of it. 

The most important thing is to always make it a point to wear cosmetics that are as close to correct as possible. This can many times offset a color you may have to wear that isn't in your personal rainbow. 



Thursday, 3 November 2016

My Rules For Shopping With Color.

This is not a "how-to" post, or a set of rules. I am writing this post to explain how I personally go about selecting items that are in harmony with my seasonal category. 
I am hoping this can give you some insight. No two people use their palettes in the same way, or go about choosing things in the same manner, so take what is said here with a pinch of salt. Several pinches. 

Here are the steps I follow. For me, clothing is pretty straight forward. 

1) My little key chain light helps me see colors as they really are so that I don't risk making a purchase mistake.

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2) Take my Bright Spring fan or Indigo Tones plume and open it up. 
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3) Place the whole thing right on top of the garment. 

4) If the item is the same intensity, or a bit brighter AND the color looks like it would either go with, or blend in with the fan, I put it aside to try it on. 

5) If the color or colors are too dark, dusty, insipid, contrasting or the wrong undertone, back on the rack it goes, without a care as to how pretty it is. Admittedly, it is tough to do, but closet real estate is a precious commodity and it won't be wasted on something that is just...meh. 


I've made my share of purchase mistakes plenty of times in the past. I find it crucial to take a step back and carefully consider a few things:

1) Look at the ads or see what is in the stores that is new and eye catching. I will go onto or Temptalia and read reviews/view images of swatches before proceeding further. (YouTube, I find, is unreliable because you have no idea who really is or is not sponsored.)

2) Go look at any posts in my Facebook group and see if anyone has swatched new items to the fan. 

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Photo: Best Dressed US

3) There has to be a tester available, or I won't mess with it. What looks great in the tube on the surface could end up being the wrong undertone. Mostly, this means going mid range to high end, but quality to me is more important than quantity.

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4) Grab a piece of white tissue. 

5) Test the product on the white tissue and compare to my fan in order to see if the tone and intensity is correct. Try it on the inside of my wrist afterwards. 

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6) Is the formula, texture, scent, method of application or concentration of the pigment worth considering?  I know what I like and what I don't like. 

7) Do I already have something similar? If so, leave it be and move on to something else. 

Now that I have done this several times, the seven steps have gotten easier. Taking a little extra time to examine something I'm considering may seem a bother on the surface, but it's saved me many purchase mistakes. 

For a much more in depth article about shopping for cosmetics, please consult this article , this one and this.

Happy shopping!!!!



Sunday, 30 October 2016

The Lipstick Series. Four Basic Colors for True Winter.

If I were to choose four lipstick colors for True Winter, they would be the following. Believe me, it was TOUGH to narrow down this list as there were so many great choices out there. 

Let's take it from the top.......

1) A great shade of true red. This can be a tough thing to find, because so many cosmetics companies have reds that lean orange or too browned, both of which won't work on your skin tone. 

NARS Vesuvio is worth investigating. 

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Want something great that is a whole lot more budget friendly? 

I am liking the looks of many of these. Rimmel #1, #10, Jordana Red and NYX Snow White appear promising. A helpful hint: If you are going to err on the side of caution, go cooler rather than warmer with the undertone. 

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#2) Fuchsia.  I think MAC Girl About Town is such a classic color, because it looks great with so much of the True Winter palette. :

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Cover Girl Spellbound is a popular dupe to "GAT"  that won't bust your pocketbook.

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3) Violet. I am not talking about those funky blue based violets, but one that has a bit of clear plum to it.

MUFE No. 28 is a nice one to try. 

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 On the less expensive and slightly more vibrant side is Maybelline Brazen Berry. 


4) Pink. That perfect combination of red with pure white added to it is a feminine color. You need a little fierceness, or it will look bland against your skin tone. Leave the mauve based tones to your True Summer sister. 

YSL Rouge Pur #49 is pretty. It is a pink that packs some voltage. 

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Another option? NYX Sweet Pink Matte. 

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You can easily expand your lipstick wardrobe into clear cranberries, wines and even venture into those funky Goth purple/blue tones if you feel adventurous enough. Even at that, the four aforementioned colors should complete your lipstick wardrobe to the extent that anything else is just a bonus!



Sunday, 23 October 2016

The Key That Unlocks The Door

It could be a favorite pair of earrings, the sash of an evening dress or a handbag you keep going back to. Maybe it is a bracelet or a t shirt you get an inwardly happy feeling from. Within that one piece, every mystery of your color and style journey could be solved. The door you have been banging on, to the point of exhaustion, could finally be opened!

This is an exciting thought, and it holds much promise.

On your style and color journey, there are lots of little clues along the way. You just might not realize it immediately.

Let's discuss a woman who has been trying to find her color season for a long period of time. She met some online friends who were True Summers, and tried experimenting with those colors.…..but the color palette did not work for her. She resonated with the coolness aspect, however.

Realizing she needed more drama, a short experiment with Dark Winter followed. In many respects, it was better, but it seemed heavy and serious.

Not long after, she had two analyses. One was done via the David Zyla/Caygill method, the other by a Sci/ART trained consultant. The latter was performed in a rapid fire method where many crucial steps were skipped over. There was one thing in common about these consultations:

Winter was a component of her palettes. 

Her Zyla palette looked like a hybrid of Dark Winter and True Winter. Indeed, Dynamic Winter was chosen in this instance.

Her Sci/ART results were Bright Spring. There was something about the intensity and contrast of it that fit, to a degree.

Could the sunny, nuturing part of her personality have led the second analyst to place her in a Spring category?

Could her love of good quality shoes, well made handbags and modern edged style solidify her a spot in a Winter archetype?

For a while, out of sheer frustration, she put everything aside and tried to clear her mind free of all of the conflicting noise. 

There were a few items she owned that she could not bring herself to get rid of.

A pair of clear cut yellow CZ earrings.

A patent leather handbag she had just purchased as an investment piece.

A houndstooth dress she always received compliments on.

Her tried and true gray, white and black wardrobe.

She had just purchased a tube of very high quality lipstick in the truest color red she could find, with no brown, blue or orange tones added. Previous trials with brownish tones ended in failure.

It became quite obvious that pieces of the puzzle were coming together, pointing her in the direction of being a possible True Winter, despite the fact that she does not appear to be the stereotypical Snow White type.

Within a short period of time, she decided to jump in with both feet and give that icy, contrasting palette a try since it was the one place that went untouched. For the first time in a long time, everything fell into place!

The common threads to her long term color experiments were:

True Summer: Coolness
Dark Winter: Depth
Dynamic Winter: Contrast and intensity.
Bright Spring: Contrast and intensity.

She had to travel a few roads to get to her color palette destination and ended up at the one place she overlooked the entire time. Since True Summer did not work for her, it made her shy away from the other three True Seasons.

Sometimes during our search, we fail to see the forest because we are too focused on the trees.

I hope this post inspires you to have your own lightbulb moment!



Friday, 21 October 2016

Road Testing The Seasons....True Autumn and True Spring

There is no better time to talk about True Autumn than the present. We are just about a month into this season. Leaves are changing color, people are thinking about pumpkin spice flavored coffee, and the kids are in school. High school football season is in full swing and the temperature outside is somewhere between unseasonably warm and chilly enough for boots and a heavy sweater. 

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So many people decorate their homes in the earthy, grounded tones of True Autumn because they are rich and expensive looking, yet inviting at the same time. You can easily switch from elegant contemporary to homespun and antique with the True Autumn palette. 

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Conversely, True Spring is very energizing and lifts our mood just by looking at it! We want to open the windows and let the breeze blow through with abandon. 

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If you would like to experiment with True Autumn or True Spring, where is a good place to start?

Let's do some more comparing and contrasting. 

Notice how True Spring looks clear and light in weight. True Autumn is deeper, more muted and sturdy. If True Spring's wind chime is made of glass and thin pieces of metal with a distinct tinkling sound, True Autumn's is made of wood and burnished metal. 

Kirk's Glass Art fused and stained glass windchimes Precvioso!!!!!!!!!!!!! y debe de sonar maravilloso con el viento:

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True Autumn is falling leaves, muddy ground that is beginning to dry, and a solid feel. Mystery and a sense of foreboding start to creep in. Add a little bit more mystery and a sense of something lurking in the shadows and we arrive at Dark Autumn. The ground and everything in nature is beginning to settle in for a rest. 

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True Spring is laughter, play, a sense of optimism and a lot of welcome sunshine after a long, cold Winter. Everything is renewed and blooming. The sun is shining high. We begin to look forward to new beginnings and our energy level raises. True Spring is not serious, solid or warmly inviting. Instead, it is playful, rousing us to action. 

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Four colors to experiment with when trying True Autumn:

Olive green
Terra cotta
Rich, warm brown

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True Autumn makeup colors are among the easiest to find. So many women wear earthy colors on their face, yet can't carry that off with any measure of success. A True Autumn worth her salt will look right at home in the best way possible. 

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True Spring needs more brightness and a feeling that's substantially lighter in weight. 

Four colors to experiment with:

Clear orange
Clear leaf green
Pure, light to medium gold

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The makeup colors are more citrus-like and sunny. The energy level is raised. 

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Here is a look at True Autumn and True Spring fashions. You can easily see the difference when clothing is compared. 

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"True Spring" by nyrvelli on Polyvore:

A True Autumn will look like she is wearing candy colored baby clothing in True Spring. She won't look grounded or mature. Her face may look puffy and moon like. Conversely, if a True Spring wears True Autumn, she will look very weighed down and have lots of shadows and lines in her face. 

I have not given the True Warm seasons the attention they so rightly deserve in a while. I hope that this post helps you see how in some ways they are a bit similar, but in others, they differ by quite a span. 



With special thanks to Cate Linden from Cate Linden Chromatics for the inspiration behind this post.