Hi, and thank you for visiting my blog. Have you ever wondered why a black top might look super on your best friend and not on YOU? Or maybe you bought a lipstick in a shade that looked fabulous on a celeb you admire but  did not look good on you??

Maybe you even decided to go blonde, because you admired the new look on your famous celeb, but  then when you tried it  turned out to be a disaster on you?....The answer to these questions lays on one principal: Color Analysis.
Without the knowledge of this principle even celebs can make mistakes and end up on the list of the "worst" instead of the "best".

If you want to know which hair color, makeup, clothing, accessories and sunglasses will look fabulous on you, read this article filled with lots of resources to help you identify your COLOR SEASON and help you maximize your choices.

In this section I am going to teach you about color analysis (also called color season) and help you determine your Color Season by identifying your undertone. Your undertone determines your season, so learning how to properly identify it, is crucial to selecting the right hue for your clothes, makeup- accessories and hair color.

               What is an undertone?
An undertone is composed of 3 pigments: Carotene-yellow; Melanin- brown; Hemoglobin- red.

If a person has more of the hemoglobin and melanin, red and brown makes blue so that person has a COOL undertone. If a person has more of the carotene, because carotene is yellow, that person has a WARM undertone.
 
How can you identify your undertone?

Normally a color consultant will have to do it. With the help of the right tools (called drapes) she can pin-point your undertone  and show you the difference of how each color  impacts your face, but since I have been raised by a mom who did Image Consulting as a profession, I have learned how to recognize each season not only by using the drapes but also by analyzing your own characteristics since each season exhibits common traits.

    Here are guidelines easy to follow.

Read the following information to discover how you can transform you into a NEW YOU.

1-Take a long careful look at yourself in the mirror. Do it bare-faced, without a single trace of make up. What do you see?
Study your skin tone in a natural light. See if it has a predominantly yellow or blue cast.
2- If you're not sure, place a white sheet of paper next to the inside surface of your wrist and determine whether your skin has a bluish or golden cast.

Cool people tend to have more of yellow –sallow - olive tone  on their skin

Warm people tend to have pink-translucent cast on their skin with yellow freckles or it can also be very red....
.....Yeah, I know it sounds contradictory, but this is why pink blush and lipstick on someone who has a pink reddish skin-tone is not flattering and can make their face puffy and  blemished.

Cool. If you see a blue tone, you belong to one of the "cool" color groups (winter or summer).
If your skin has a yellow tone, your colors are "warm" (spring or autumn). Below are detailed characteristics that best describe each season. See which group below best describes your natural coloring.

Winter—Your skin has a lot of blue in it. Your skin tone is yellowish. It can range from milky white to a true black. If your skin tone is pure beige or olive, you are also part of this group. Your eyes are probably dark brown or dark blue. Your hair color can range from as dark as black to medium brown to ash /blond.

Autumn—There's a clear yellow-gold tone to your skin. Your skin color ranges from peach to golden beige. Pale ivory with golden freckles also belong to this group. Your eyes are light and pure or warmly dark. With golden specks in it They range from clear blue or green to olive green, light golden brown and dark brown. The hair color can range form redheads, strawberry blondes, chestnut , or golden brown.

Summer—Your skin is blue based with lighter beige overtones. In this group, skin tones can range from soft pale beige to lightly rosy pink, olive, or medium brown. Your eyes are: light blue, soft hazel, soft brown and soft gray . Your hair seems sun-kissed. It goes from blonde to medium brown. Ash blonde or light brown hair is also in this group.

Spring—Pure gold is the basic skin tone here. Your skin may be golden, ivory peach to dark beige and golden brown. Your eyes are either dark with golden specks or bright bright blue, dark blue, clear green, light brown with gold specks. Your hair may be strawberry, dark brown with reddish highlights. It also may be golden blonde, golden brown or deep black.

Once you determine your  color season, whether warm or cool, any color season is flattering to the person that belongs to that season. If you select the color range that enhances your natural beauty, you will look great and you will feel confident in anything you will wear!!

TIP: If  you are still not sure which season you fall into, this is my advice:
Experiment with some inexpensive lipsticks in cool shades: pink or red and in warm shades: cinnamon or coral.
Then buy two inexpensive scarves: one black and one ivory or golden beige.

Wear the black scarf with the cool lipsticks (one at a time) and see what happens to your face: are your eyes "popping"? or are your circles popping?
Repeat the same with the warm scarf and lipsticks and see what happens.

             Congratulations.
If you love what you see, chances are that you have  pinpointed  your undertone and found out if you fall into the warm or a cool season. Once you have this knowledge, everything  becomes easy and buying cosmetics, jewelry and clothing will be a piece of cake.

Here are  color swatches that represent each season!!!  Make them your  own and see your confidence  soar to  new heights! (insert color charts)

                       Color Charts

  Winter Color Chart

The Winter palette has the range of all dark, vivid, and bright colors. These colors are blue based and icy.This is the only season that  holds all of the primary colors: white, black, pure red, and navy. Winters do not wear  oranges well. Also light-medium browns and some camel are not the best choice for Winters. No woman can wear a Pure White as beautifully as Winter can!

  Summer Color Chart

Black is missing from the Summer palette, because it’s not a flattering color for Summers, if used close to the face. Summer, has soft colors and lots of pastels to choose from.  The dark colors are more muted than those of the Winter.  Pastels are lovely for Summers.

  Spring Color Chart

Spring has a red, a green and a blue; but these hues differ from the ones of the Winter because they are  yellow based. Spring has medium and light colors, and some vivid colors. This season, looks best with corals and salmons colors next to the face. Avoid: pure black and pure white next to the face.

  Autumn Color Chart

Autumns Do NOT look good in  black. Perfect Colors for Autumns  are camel, teal, olive, cinnamon and any shade of the browns.
This palette has rich, warm, golden colors, light and dark in tones both muted and vivid.

          Hope you enjoyed this info.
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-Donatella-
 


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