Signature Style eCourse
Virtual Color Analysis
Virtual Body Type Analysis
27 Hangers eCourse
Closet Outfit Planner
Outfit Formula Feedback Process
(10 outfit pics; I evaluate - final exam)
Signature Style Day
(on her own)
Star Style &
Capsule Wardrobe: Closet Outfit Planner
With Jeanine's help I developed a better sense of direction for building up my capsule wardrobe and fine-tuned my understanding of what works for me and what doesn't. More importantly, she explained why. Jeanine has the gift of really listening and honouring her client's input. Her passion for personal style, creating outfits, and for finding solutions to problems, makes a consultation with her really worthwhile. - Shawna McComber
JULY BLOG POST IDEAS...
(1) The Ultimate Blog Challenge: July Edition
Hey there! If you haven't met me yet, I am Jeanine, and it's nice to meet you.
I'm Jeanine Byers
I am a certified color analyst (in 3 systems), a capsule wardrobe consultant & a makeup and style blogger.
And until last month, I was a homeschool mom. My son just competed high school and is college bound.
I'm also a Hallmark movie fan (this month is Christmas in July on all of the Hallmark channels, so Merry Christmas!) and a big cuppa tea drinker.
Signature Style & Colors
I believe that discovering your perfect colors, creating your signature style, finding makeup that supports you - all of it - is a spiritual calling.
Why? Because it's about your willingness to be visible as you. To live life in color & to shine your light, showing up more fully as your truest self.
And color analysis, or knowing your true color home, will empower you to answer the call. This month, I will be helping you do that, with color analysis, makeup and style.
Rachel Zoe said that our style helps us tell people who we are without saying anything. And I agree. But we won’t be telling them the truth if we are wearing the wrong colors
30-Day Blog Challenge
I'll also be participating in a month-long blog challenge. Hello, beloved UBCers! Welcome back!! So this month, I will post each weekday, taking weekends off.
Stick with me, and you'll get more beautiful! :)
(2) 3 REASONS YOU SHOULDN'T GET DRESSED WITHOUT GETTING COLOR ANALYZED 1st...
Pic of bulldog - is she wearing the right colors?
-the wrong colors change the way people perceive you. It's you but also "not you" that they see when they see you coming
-you can't create a capsule wardrobe without choosing several colors to be its foundation. But you won't know what the best colors are, to choose, unless you know what colors light you up & make you glow
-if you try to create a makeup capsule to match your wardrobe, but you're not wearing the right colors, then your makeup won't look right, either
(3) COLOR ANALYSIS & WOC ...
One reason color analysis can be a challenge for women of color is that color analysts, in the past, have been taught to believe that women of color are likely to fall into the deep seasons. I suppose that that is because their coloring is often deeper than that of Caucasian women.
But it's a mistake to assume that means anything, because it is each woman's relationship to other colors that matters, not how she compares to other women.
When you use color analysis - free of bias - to analyze a women of color's relationship to other colors, you'll find that they fit into every category.
Color Analysis for Women of Color
Because they have failed to get a fair shake for so long on the color analysis world, I am specializing in working with women of color. If you know my own color analysis story, you'll know that I was misdiagnosed when I was much younger and gave many years away to wearing the wrong colors because of it. I don't want that to keep happening to other women of color.
Have you ever been given the wrong colors, makeup or style advice?
See you tomorrow!
(4) When Color Analysis Goes Wrong...
There is one reason & one reason only why color analysis goes wrong! And I will tell you what it is in this post…
Have you ever been color analyzed before?
I have worked with & met so many people who have been analyzed multiple times and been told they were a different type each time.
It even happened to me when I was younger. I spent 2 decades believing I was a winter, when actually I am an autumn. I’ll never get those years back, and it really bothers me to think of people spending money - like I did & so many others have - on the wrong colors because someone told them they should.
But why and how does that happen? What makes color analysis go wrong?
Here is the reason - when color analysis goes wrong, it is because what is being analyzed is not the truth. So the color analyst sees something that is not really there.
When it happens in person, maybe what’s not the truth is the lighting, or what the person being analyzed is wearing. Or the analyst’s expectation.
Virtual analysis goes wrong because the pictures used aren’t real.
Let me give you an example. Remember that in the Light collage, I used two celebrity pictures?
Well, both of those pictures were staged, I believe. And that means that special lighting may have been used, they may both have been wearing makeup, and the final pictures may have been altered to improve them in some way. Who can say that any celebrity picture represents exactly what that person looks like?
Even with candids, they may have colored their hair, or might be wearing colored lenses. You really can never know.
So when I say that a celebrity belongs to a certain color home or family, what I mean is, based on what I have seen in their photos.
And the same thing is true with my clients. Color analysis is a collaboration, at its best, and I need to know that the pictures I have been given represent what my clients actually see in the mirror in order to accurately assess their type.
But once you have the truth in front of you, you can’t go wrong.
In fact, even when I have difficulty deciding between one color home and another, what that means is that there are colors in both types that suit my client. And that’s part of the reason why I don’t just offer color analysis, but personalized palettes.
So I will tell you which color home you belong to, but also give you a personalized palette that may include colors from another type, if I know they will make you glow & come to life. That way, you’ll never miss out on beautiful colors you could be wearing.
I’d love to know your experiences with color analysis. Hit “reply” and let me know if you have ever been analyzed wrong.
See you next time...
(4) Intro to the Color Analysis Types: How Color Analysis Works...
This week, I have been talking about the importance of color analysis, but haven't yet told you about the color analysis types. Here we go!
There are six color homes, and though we may lean one way or another, we each fit into one of them. Do you know which home is yours?
The six color homes, or families, are deep, light, warm, cool, clear and soft.
How Color Analysis Works
Color analysis identifies home for you, by uncovering your dominant color characteristic.
When we look at your coloring, what is it that stands out most? Is it how rich and deep it is? Or how clear?
Though there are several approaches available for finding your true colors, most include taking note of the color of your hair, your eyes and your complexion. And most observe the way your skin reacts to color, and how much contrast your coloring presents.
Color analysts know that you will be your most beautiful if what you wear matches and supports your coloring, and repeats your level of contrast.
And once we know your dominant color characteristic, we can tell you which colors support you best.
(5) Color Home: Deep - intro with brief description
When I do color analysis, I offer a personalized palette that you can use to help you choose your best capsule wardrobe colors and your best makeup colors, as well. I also love to suggest color combinations you might not have thought of, using colors in your palette and I give you those examples in outfit formula pictures like the one I will show you today.
Though my specialty is women of color, I love working with any woman who is ready to become more visible, colorful and authentic in her style.
Are You a Deep?
Take a look at your own coloring.
Think of a continuum of colors from about the middle of the scale to colors so dark, they seem black at a distance. These are the colors to try and if you can wear them easily and well, then you are a Deep.
But also look at contrast. Clears, which we will talk about in a future post, can wear deep colors, too.
But they need high contrast in their color combinations. Deeps do much better with medium contrast.
In this post, we're looking at a woman whose coloring is Deep. Here is an outfit formula recommendation for her and makeup look she could use...
Is Deep your color home? What do you think of the color matching here?
(6) Color Home: Light - intro with brief description
I love the beautiful, delicious colors that women in the Light color home can wear! They sometimes remind me of ice cream.
As I mentioned in yesterday's post, I love to suggest outfit formulas for each color home, and in addition to personalized outfit formulas, I give each woman an eBook with 25 or more outfit formula ideas, plus makeup suggestions, for her type. And the ones for the Light color type are just lovely.
How to Know If You Are a Light
Always start by looking at your own coloring. If everything about your coloring is Light, then your best colors are, too.
When Light is the most important thing, then the darkest and brightest colors will overwhelm you. So if you suspect that you are Light, try those colors to see what happens.
Then, try lighter ones and take note of the difference.
Here is an example of a woman of color whose color home is Light, along with an outfit formula and makeup look that would be ideal for her.
Is Light your color home? Would you wear these colors?
(7) Color Home: Warm - intro with brief description
This color palette is probably my favorite, though I love the Deep palette, too. I can wear colors from both of them and will probably become more Deep as I continue to age.
Did you know that women become cooler in coloring as their hair greys?
In my most recent color analysis training, my mentor & teacher, Shari Braendel told us that Warms are very resistant to giving up their warm colors.
But the truth is that as we age, we begin to lose some of our coloring, and once we have gone completely grey, most of us who were Warm will not be Warm anymore.
Although I know this is true, when she mentioned that, I told her that I was exactly like the people she described! I said I was planning to die in my warm colors!
But I have already begun to notice that the orange in my eyes is not as vivid, and the warmth in my hair is being replaced by the spread of the dreaded grey. Even my skin is less golden than it used to be.
Sad but true. And wearing grey hair with my favorite pumpkin oranges would be like wearing a coat with a tank top, shorts and flip flops.
Have you noticed your coloring changing over the years? Let me know in a comment.
But having a good color analyst can help because she can help you begin to transition your wardrobe. Or, if you color your hair, she can re-do your personalized palette so it supports your true coloring and whatever new coloring has been added. ;)
And some women have coloring that reaches into more than one color palette or type. Though I will tell you which is your primary color home, since I create a personalized palette, too, I'll tell you any colors that suit you from the other palettes, as well.
Are You a Warm?
If everything about your coloring is warm and golden, then you are a Warm.
But if you are not sure that’s true, then try a few warm colors, like pumpkin orange or tomato red. If they are right, it will seem almost like they emanated from you. If it’s wrong, it will likely seem very wrong.
Warms need medium contrast. So if you're a Warm, don’t wear your lightest colors with your darkest ones. Wear both with colors at about the middle of the range.
Here, we have a woman of color whose color home is Warm, along with an outfit formula and makeup look suggested just for her.
Is Warm your color home? Would you wear these colors?
(8) Color Home: Cool - intro with brief description
In yesterday's post, I shared that the warm palette is for women whose coloring is all warm.
I emphasize that because most of the palettes are a blend of warm, cool and neutral. In any color palette, you may find that some of the colors suit you better than others, even though they are all colors you can wear.
For example, if you are a Light, that means that the most important thing about the colors you choose is that they be light. Not warm, not cool, but light.
Still, you might lean warmer or cooler in the color palette for your type and your personalized palette is likely to uncover that lean, if there is one.
The Cool Color Home
Are you a Cool?
If you have beautiful silver or white hair, then you are probably Cool. Easy peasy.
If not, then we need to know more about your coloring and level of contrast to know if that’s your color home.
Try grey. If you are a Cool, you are likely to look better in grey than any other type. Others can wear it, but in my opinion, Cools seem made for it. Also, try other cool colors like navy reds or cool blues.
And Cools need medium contrast, so if you are a cool, don't combine the darkest colors in your color palette with the lightest ones.
Today, we are looking at an example of a woman of color who is Cool. Here is the outfit I picked out for her and the makeup look that could go with it.
Is Cool your color home? Would you wear the colors suggested here?
(9) Color Home: Soft - intro with brief description
The Soft color home, which we are looking at today, is a very sweet color space. Are you a Soft?
If bright colors really wash you out and make you fade, you might be a Soft.
Softs need - you guessed it - softer colors. And even white, unless it’s a soft one, can be too much.
Another clue that you might be a Soft is the way you feel about your coloring. If you have ever wanted to wear brighter colors to give your coloring a lift, or “fix” it in some way, you might be a Soft, because that is a common Soft mistake.
You are perfect just the way you are, and do not need any fixing.
If you are a Soft, I just want to encourage you that you can still live life in full, glorious color, even if that color is softer. And in fact, you will feel even more beautiful, when you wear the colors that support you best.
Your personalized palette will be filled with the colors that light you up and make you shine and glow. That is true for every color home, of course, but sometimes, Softs don't believe that, at first.
Have a look at our example, a woman of color who is both and Soft and beautiful...
Can you see how beautiful (and colorful) she would look in those colors?
Are you a Soft? If you're not sure, let's find out!
(10) Color Home: Clear - intro with brief description
Do you ever whistle while you work?
I ask because sometimes color analysis makes me think of Snow White. Though she may be in need of relationship counseling, one thing that is clear is her coloring.
She is our icon for the Clear color home. Clears have and need lots of contrast. They don’t do so well with monochromatic outfits.
Have you ever shied away from wearing a color that was just too bright for you?
The marvelous thing about the clear color home is that they will almost never need to avoid them. Women who are Clears can wear colors that would be way too bright for the rest of us, and on them, they will look normal.
They might not even seem as bright when Clears wear them! Fun, right?
Check out this example, a woman of color who is a Clear. See all of that glorious color she can wear?
Is Clear your color home? If it is, you get to have the fun of playing with all those bright color combinations, to see which ones you love best.
If you're not sure, let's find out.
If you don't quite feel right in the clothes you wear, you may be thinking it's you, when actually, it's just that you're wearing the wrong colors.
I can promise you that you will never look more beautiful than when you are wearing your ideal colors. They will help you shine your light in a way nothing else can.
(11) Is This a Color Every Woman Can Wear?
Do you remember the old Dr. Pepper commercial? It went something like, “I’m a pepper, he’s a pepper, she’s a pepper, we’re a pepper. Wouldn’t you like to be a pepper, too?”
If you know me, you know I used to sing along.
But are there colors that anyone can wear Can everyone be a peach or a royal blue?
I believe that there are a few colors that everyone can wear. But not as many as some say.
Purple seems to be one of them. As does teal. And clear red.
But since your mileage may vary, I encourage you to try it before you buy it.
When someone comes to me for color analysis, I give them a virtual palette of 43 colors. But I also give them the season’s Pantone colors that are a match for their type.
During the spring and summer, grape compote is one of the colors every color type was given. And that color is available in stores and catalogs right now.
However, the version you see might be too dark or too cool or too warm or too bright for your coloring. Or, it might be better worn in smaller doses.
But it is certainly not off limits.
Watch this video to see some possible combinations...
What did you think? Would you wear this color?
(12) Pantone Fall Color Palette & Creating a Fall Capsule Wardrobe...
Every season, Pantone gives us new colors for inspiration, and many of these colors, or similar ones, show up in our favorite stores and catalogs.
Have you seen them yet? If you haven't yet, you may soon begin to see them appear.
VIDEO (of each color)
Next month, I'll share more about creating a fall capsule wardrobe. But here are some examples of potential mini capsule wardrobes, by type, using these colors and pairing them with others in the palette...
5-piece capsule for Deep
5-piece capsule for Light
5-piece capsule for Warm
5-piece capsule for Cool
5-piece capsule for Soft
5-piece capsule for Clear
Which colors are your favorites? Will you be adding any of them to your fall capsule wardrobe?
(13) SKINCARE TIPS FOR WOMEN OF COLOR & WOMEN OVER 40...
This month, in addition to color analysis, we're going to be talking about makeup tips both for women over 40 and for women of color. But the foundation - no pun intended - for a good makeup look is skincare that makes you look your very best.
Women of color need more gentle skincare & anti-aging products because our skin is more vulnerable to the harsh ingredients we often find in cleansers or exfoliants. I would suggest that this becomes more true as women age, no matter what their ethnicity.
So dermatologist Wendy Roberts suggests using...
(1) gentle, noncomedogenic cleansers (avoid the ones that have exfoliating granules in them.)
(2) a gentle skin brush a couple of times a week to exfoliate.
(3) and gentle microdermabrasion and retinol as we age, as long as we don't use them every day.
The good news is that our LimeLife products are made without any harsh ingredients or unsafe ingredients...
(14) MY JOURNEY WITH COLOR, MAKEUP & COLOR ANALYSIS
(my eyeshadow video): then this -
As a woman of color, have you ever put on makeup and realized that not only was it not giving you enough color support, but you had to put on quite a bit just to see it on your skin?
Me, too! And that's a common problem for women of color.
That's one reason I was so excited to discover LimeLife's highly pigmented color & variety of makeup offerings for women of color. It completely resolved that problem for me and it is one of the reasons I am so glad I joined.
My Origin Story: it's about Eyeshadow..
When I was in the 6th grade, I noticed that some of the girls I envied were wearing makeup. Since I wanted to be beautiful like they were, I decided it was time to start wearing it, too. So off I went, to buy a Bonne Bell lip smacker.
But then, I realized I needed eyeshadow, too. And because it was what they were wearing, I chose powder blue as my very first eyeshadow color. And I layered that color on like I was frosting a cake!
Well, as you might imagine, that color looked a lot better on my classmates than it did on me, but that completely escaped me, and I thought I was too cool for school. Until one day when my teacher asked me to stay after class for a moment.
I was worried that somehow, I was in trouble, but as it turned out, she wanted to talk makeup. She told me she had noticed that I was beginning to wear eyeshadow but thought maybe I needed a little less.
I think she gave me tips for putting it on in a less intense way, but to be honest, it was all blah blah blah from there on out, because I was so surprised to be having that conversation at all. I did begin to wear less, though.
But just think - if she had been a well-trained color analyst, she could have said, "Jeanine, that powder blue is not doing you any favors." And maybe gently suggested a warmer color.
I also wonder what would have happened if there had been more options at the drugstore. Would I have been drawn to the warmer colors I normally wore in clothes?
LimeLife has 52 eyeshadows! I just have a feeling that if I'd had that many choices, I would have made a better one.
Do you have any makeup confessions? Tell me in a comment.
(15) ANTI-AGING MAKEUP TIPS FOR WOMEN OVER 40...
Today, we'll be talking about Anti-Aging Makeup Tricks for Women Over 40. What's your biggest concern about makeup as you get older?
Our inspiration - these beautiful divas. Which diva's makeup look do you admire most?
Here are some general guidelines to keep in mind for women over 40...
"By the time we turn 40, we start to notice lines around the mouth, the forehead, and the eyes, and our makeup often begins to just sit differently on our faces." - Amanda Montell
(1) Your best preparation for the makeup look you want is anti-aging skincare. Not just a wrinkle cream or tightening serum, but skincare for the eyes, as well.
"Dark circles and bags under the eyes are concerns for almost everyone over 40. And while concealer works like a Band-Aid, treating your under-eyes with products formulated with active ingredients like caffeine, peptides, and chemical exfoliators will make your makeup look even better."- Amanda Montell
(2) Blend well, when you apply your foundation, using a brush or a blender sponge. Take care not to use too much. Instead of relying on your foundation to hide lines and wrinkles, use skincare to do it.
(3) Use a three-ponged approach to make your eyes look bigger and more open.
Start with an eyelash curler, then an eyeliner and mascara. That will make your eyeshadow play a supporting role in your makeup look, rather than needing it to take the leading role.
(4) Another way to give yourself an eyelift is to create a smokey eye with your makeup.
"I think women associate the smoky eye with a dark, sooty look, but it doesn't have to be that. You can use soft pastel colours, or build up colour if you're feeling more brave." - makeup artist, Amanda Ramsay
She cautions to keep it simple, using just one color and putting it under your eye, or using 2 soft colors. She suggests we avoid harsher colors like black or charcoal.
And she encourages you to blend, because according to her that's the real secret to a successful smokey eye.
(5) Over line your thinning lips just a little, to make them look a little plumper.
Now, for more inspiration, watch this video with specific makeup techniques for women over 40 (use Cindy's video from the group)
One final note - be open to making changes in your makeup routine. Tell me what you are now doing differently, in a comment.
(16) CONCEALER: Do you have problems with dark circles under your eyes? (meme pic)
Makeup Tips: Using Concealer When You're Over 40...
(1) If you have fine lines that tend to grab your makeup, do two things: use an eye cream regularly & apply a setting spray first to make it easier for the concealer to smooth on
(2) Use concealer on dark spots before putting on your foundation
(3) Match the texture or weight of the concealer you use to your skin. If it is dry, use a creamy concealer. If it is thin, use one that is lightweight.
"If you have dry, textured under eyes, you’ll want a creamy concealer instead of a stick formula. Stick formulas tend to be drier, which magnifies the area it covers. The same goes for the rest of your face. A creamier consistency will mask any texture, fine lines, and wrinkles." - Lisa J., makeup artist
(4) Choose the right color for your concealer.
Lisa J. recommends a peachy color for darker undereye areas to help neutralize that darkness. Other makeup artists recommend choosing a closely matching shade, but one that is slightly lighter than your own skin.
(5) Use fewer layers. One way to do that is not to add foundation under your eyes. And if you decide to use a primer or color corrector, use it lightly.
Hope these tips will be helpful!
(17) FOR WOC: 7 TIPS FOR FINDING YOUR BEST FOUNDATION (video)...
"I come from a lineage of women with beautiful variations of dark skin tones. Unfortunately, most of their shades of brown were excluded from the cosmetics industry during that time so they weren’t afforded the opportunities that brown girls have now. I’m thankful that the cosmetics industry is making major strides when it comes to foundation but there’s still more work to be done." - https://www.cosmopolitan.com/style-beauty/beauty/a9968646/foundation-dark-skin-tones/
7 Tips for Women of Color: How to Find Your Foundation...
(1) Use a foundation that matches your undertone.
(2) You may need to mix together two foundation shades.
(3) The chest area or jawline are the best areas to test foundations.
(4) Use a lighter foundation on your t-zone & darker one on the outer edges of your face.
(5) Get color matched every season, because your complexion may change.
(6) Before applying foundation, use concealer for darker areas
(7) Use gentle skincare products to help even your skin tone (did you know that hyperpigmentation can be caused by your skin's reaction to harsh chemicals in the products you use on your face?)
(18) TIPS FOR FINDING THE BEST FOUNDATION, part 2 -
How to Choose a Foundation: Two Other Tools for Finding the Best One for You...
(1) The Comparison Pics: these pics are examples of how each foundation looks with different skin tones. (use the pics with the arms)
(2) Take the Foundation Matching Quiz: makeup artist Kat Aragon created a quiz that will help you identify your foundation match.
It's here: Foundation Quiz.
My Foundation Quiz Results
I have never been able to find the right foundation. Even when I thought I did, it looked fake on my face.
But when I joined LimeLife & took the foundation quiz, I found it. I have a tendency to use too much, in my excitement, but am getting over that.
When I don't shellack it on, it looks real and natural. The foundation I got matched with is Shinto 3 and here's a picture of it next to my face...
(pic of my face with Shinto)
Many women of color need more than one foundation and I use both Shinto 3 and Shinto 4.
Tip for Makeup on a Budget: I use a blend of those two foundations as concealer. Once I realized I would need to use them both, due to lighter and darker areas on my face, I decided to invest in both foundations.
And since the coverage is really good, I chose to save money by using them, as a concealer.
Here's a before and after picture, showing what a difference they make in their sneaky, super-secret, budget-saving concealer role...
Have you ever had a difficult time finding the right foundation?
(19) Eye Makeup Tips for Women Over 40
As we age, sometimes our eyebrows thin or get more sparse. Here's how to create striking eyebrows in less than a minute https://youtu.be/IDd3aPq1W7o
Eyeliner Tips for Women Over 40
Have you ever noticed that eyeliner rules seem to change over time? Thicker or thinner, and even the ideal shapes change.
And once you are over 40, you don't want your eyeliner to date you, or highlight any flaws. Watch this tips for eyeliner for older women https://youtu.be/ZIEQyxI_sx8
(20) Makeup Tips for WOC who are over 40: Blush...
Use a picture of Cindy's blush palette (she held it up in the video) & mention LL's collaboration with Danessa Myricks...
"Most women aren't taught to replace the techniques they learned in middle school with ones that are better suited for their current age. No one talks about applying makeup to a face that isn't naturally plump, tight, and line-free. It's yet another benchmark in a society so obsessed with glorifying youth and casting women past a certain age aside." - Byrdie.com
Should women over 40 still wear blush if they like to go natural? I say a resounding yes, even though this is the most tempting step for me to skip!
"Blush is essential for your beauty routine. Want to know why? It instantly adds a radiant, healthy glow in one quick sweep. When it comes to wearing blush – ditch anything that’s too frosty. Even if you like to keep your makeup routine to a minimal, skipping blush will wash you out and make you look older. On the other hand, a gentle sweep will add a warm, healthy glow and make a huge difference." - stylecraze.com
Here are 5 tips to guide you...
(1) This first tip about avoiding blushes that are frosty is even more important for women of color. Those kinds of blushes just sit on top of our skin and stands out, but not in a good way.
(2) Another thing to avoid is blush colors that are too light. We didn't use to have many choices in the past, and I think that is why some women of color avoided wearing blush.
LimeLife partnered with makeup artist Danessa Myricks to create several makeup products - foundation colors, eyeshadows and blushes - for women of color, and we have some great choices to offer.
These three tips are specifically for women of color who are over 40.
(3) The best "over 40" makeup tip I have been given is to put your blush on the apples of your cheeks, but don't be smiling when you do it. That is working perfectly for me.
Use upward strokes. I do also put a dab or two a little farther out than the apples, but very lightly and with lots of blending.
(4) Also, watch out for the changes in coloring I mentioned in a previous post.
As we age, our coloring tends to lighten. I don't like the word fade; it sounds so sad.
But that means our makeup colors should do the same. And if you are not coloring your hair, then as it gets more grey, cooler colors will work better for you than warmer ones do.
(5) Another tip that applies to all of your make up is that less is more. So apply it with a lighter touch. And blend, blend, blend.
How do you put on blush? Do you still wear it?
(21) Makeup Tips for Women Over 40: Plumper Lips & Choosing the Right Lip Color
Unfortunately, aging often means that our lips become less full. Here's why...
"As your lips age, your skin’s thin protective barrier becomes even thinner. Unfortunately, this affects your lips ability to retain needed moisture. Because it shows aging quickly, special attention is needed to combat the loss of moisture, collagen and circulation. Lip volume reduces as estrogen declines during menopause, typically around age 50-55." -UneFemme.net
Watch this video for tips on how to make them look plumper https://youtu.be/UANi4d37m-Y
Which of these tips will you use?
How to Choose the Right Lip Color
Lip Colors for WOC: use the YouTube video of the WOC trying the different lip colors...
One problem women of color often have with buying makeup, in general, is finding makeup that gives them enough color support.
And lipstick can be challenging because it's such an overt & noticeable part of your look. You shouldn't have to put up with lipstick or glosses that aren't quite right.
Watch this video to get an idea of what these lip colors could look like on you.
Here's another example of what the lip colors look like on different skin tones
(the lip color arm pics)
Which one do you like best?
(22) Makeup Looks and Outfit Formulas by Color Analysis Type...
As we wind down our makeover month, here at the Life in Color blog, let's combine all three of our makeover topics: color analysis, beauty and style.
We've talked about color analysis for women of color, introduced each color type: deep, light, warm, cool, clear and soft, looked ahead to creating a fall capsule wardrobe using the Pantone fall & winter color palette for 2020, and explored makeup tips both for women of color and women over 40. In this post, let's look at makeup recommendations and looks, and outfit formula and color combination ideas for each of the six color homes.
Watch these videos. Don't let the number of them scare you. Each one is about 10 seconds long, so your time commitment is a minute or less.
Take note of which colors you know you can wear, or color combinations you like but haven't yet tried. You may even get more of a sense of which color home might be yours.
Questions to consider...
(1) Which type seemed to hold the colors you know serve you best?
(2) Which color combinations appealed to you most?
(3) Do you know what that combination would look like in your own color palette?
(4) Which makeup looks would you like to try?
(5) Would any of the makeup looks go with clothes or colors you already own?
See you tomorrow!
(23) Goodbye Post...
Thank you so much for being with me this month! As always, I love connecting with my favorite blogger friends, and reading all of your posts.
I also love the boost that this challenge gives my blog. More people come to see me. :)
Hope to see and connect with all of you next time around.
Until then, live life in color!
AUGUST BLOG POST
The Number One Way Color Analysis Empowers Black Women...
Black women often are given a lifetime of subtle messages that undermine their awareness of their beauty. My intention is to use color analysis to empower women to own how beautiful they are. And my hope is that doing so will begin to replace those painful messages with positive experiences.
Because there's nothing like putting the right colors under your face and next to your skin to help you see your own beauty more clearly.
I remember the first time I was wearing the right colors, the right makeup and had changed a few things to complement my features. I just kept staring & staring at myself in the mirror. I couldn’t believe that I actually looked beautiful!
That's what I want for you.
The Color Analysis Quiz for Women of Color...
It's finally here! I am so excited.
Your do-it-yourself experience begins with a quiz and is followed by an email mini course to help you feel sure of your type. This is a fubu quiz - designed by me, for black women ("by us, for us").
So my hope is that you will find it much easier to recognize yourself in the examples given. To sign up for and take the quiz, click here: Color Analysis Quiz for Women of Color.
27 Hangers in Your Fall Capsule Wardrobe...
Intro to the 27 Hangers concept...
"I played around in my own closet and discovered that 27 pieces is really all one needs to create the perfect capsule wardrobe. It offers the ability to mix and match multiple combinations to be worn together. One woman I know actually designed over 400 combinations with her 27 pieces once she was coached on how to do it!" - Living Real Magazine
The idea of creating hundreds of outfits from just 27 pieces is exciting to me!
Though I own more than 27 items of clothing, many are in storage because they are not wearable at the moment, or not a part of my capsule of best choices. So I feel inspired to add more pieces that make sense as companions to the ones I am wearing already.
What about you?
Do you have at least 27 pieces that all work together in a capsule wardrobe, that are in the right colors and that you love?
Right now, we are looking at preparing for fall, so how many more pieces might you need for a 27-hanger fall capsule?
Watch this "sneak peek" video to learn more about the process...
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If you're ready to dive right in and go straight to the course, click the link at the bottom of this post. But if you want to do a few other style exercises first, meet me back here each week to do a stair-step progression of tasks that will help you get ready to create a signature capsule wardrobe.
See you next time!
It Starts with Your Fall Style Statement...
I believe that our clothes can support us emotionally. And even more importantly, they remind us of who we are.
My mentor, Jacqueline Gates talks about choosing an alter ego, a part of yourself that you want to strengthen, or experience & connect with more easily. And then, once you have her in mind, you create her capsule wardrobe.
To do it well, you have to be super clear about what this pat of you represents - who and how she is.
Take a moment right now to think of 5-7 words that describe her.
Once you feel clear, you start conjuring up her wardrobe. What does she wear? What would her capsule wardrobe look like?
Let me know what you've come up with in a comment.
See you next time!
The Closet Clean-Out to Release Summer...
STEP ONE - Empty Your Closet
Sticking with what’s familiar and wearing only 20% of your closet is likely to keep you from ever creating the ideal capsule wardrobe you want most. But adding new clothes before you remove the ones you weren't wearing anyway is likely to make the choice of what to wear even more confusing or chaotic.
So, it's time to sort the chaff from the wheat, and in order to do so properly, you need to clear the closet completely, and only add back what gets to stay.
STEP TWO - Sort into Piles
What's working, what's not quite right and what is absolutely wrong.
(1) Put everything that fits and is working well, back into the closet.
(2) You can choose what to do with the things that are not right, but don't put them back into the closet.
STEP THREE - Create Your New Closet Capsule
Once you have emptied your closet of all the wrong-for-yous, you can then organize what’s left. I recommend organizing by type of item.
So your pants could be first. Next, you could line up your short sleeve tops, followed by their long-sleeved friends. After that you could have sweaters, then cardigans and scarves.
Organizing your closet in those categories - in that order, or a different one, if it works better for you - will simplify the process of finding what you need or choosing what to wear.
Once your closet is ready to receive your new capsule, you're one step closer to beginning to build it. Your next step is the lifestyle audit.
Choosing a Fall Capsule Wardrobe...
Create Your 27 Hangers Capsule Wardrobe...
Now that your closet has been cleared of all you are letting go of from summer, it's ready for fall. And if you have chosen a fall color capsule and identified the outfit formulas you want to try, you're ready to begin creating your capsule wardrobe.
But how big should your capsule wardrobe be? If you tend to be minimalist in your approach, then 10 pieces, a combo of what you have and what you will acquire, may be more than enough.
However, if you find the idea of restricting your wardrobe a challenge, then you may want to consider an easier number.
My mentor, Shari Braendel, has created the 27 Hangers concept and I believe it offers a perfect balance between having enough variety, but not having so much that you have a closet full of clothes you never wear.
Here's the concept...
3 layering pieces
Here is an example of a 27 Hangers fall capsule wardrobe...
And here's a video that shows the concept applied to our current COVID stay-at-home lifestyle...
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What did you think?
If you want to check out the 27 Hangers course, just click the link.
See you next time!
Black Girl Makeup for Your Fall Capsule Wardrobe...
Once you have a capsule wardrobe, all of your accessories, including your makeup, should match. They don't need to be exact matches, but they do need to resonate with each other.
In fact you could experiment with finding a couple of makeup looks per outfit formula idea, depending on the occasion for wearing them.
Though black women have been underrepresented in the makeup world, many of us do still want to wear makeup that flatters our coloring. Here are some ideas, by color home, that may inspire you.
(makeup looks by type)
What do you think? Which ones appeal to you?
See you next time!
SEPTEMBER BLOG POSTS
UNDERLYING THEME: FAIRY GODMOTHER MAGIC ...
gentle magical transformation with color, beauty, style and kindness
Dear woman of color, here's what I know...
You have no idea how beautiful you are. But I can tell you how to find out, and I will before this love letter is over.
For now, though, let's get back to your beauty. If you are a woman of color, I would bet money that you don't know how beautiful you are.
I believe that most women are challenged to get all the way to adulthood with full awareness of their beauty, but it's particularly true for black women.
We have been told - sometimes, explicitly, and sometimes, implicitly - that we don't fit the criteria for beauty. And we often struggle to find the makeup, and sometimes even the clothes, that showcase our beauty.
And historically, when we have tried color analysis, we have often been analyzed wrong. Self analysis information often used examples that didn't help us.
So we have often had to find our own way when it comes to what would support our beauty.
And it's time to reclaim our beauty and to flip the switch that will change everything. The first step is to find out which colors to put under your face.
Because when you do, you will see your beauty come to life. And once you know those colors, you'll be empowered to choose the clothes and the makeup that will make your light shine even more.
That's when you will see it. You'll know just how beautiful you truly are!
Here's how to get started: take the free color analysis quiz. It was created with you in mind.
I have no doubt that you'll be glad you did.
Blessings as you continue this journey!
(2) Fall Trends...
(link to blog post & page - Pantone fall colors for 2020, but also show pic)...
5 COVID-Ready Fall Trends: Be Comfy at Home & Wear When You Leave...
And 2 Outerwear Trends - houndstooth blazers and capes
(3) Don't give up on style (pandemic influence)
(5) True Colors video - remember this blast from the past?What were we thinking with those hairdos??
Each person has a set of colors that are their true colors and if they don't know what they are, then they aren't telling the whole truth about themselves when they get dressed. And that may create a disconnect with those they love.
(6) What are the colors in your palette that you find the most soothing?
Self-Care Colors - Brief meditation to imagine the colors that inspire and comfort them. Then, suggest that they find at least one item of clothing to wear in each color, and use it as a buffer against stress whenever possible.
(7) What color should your "little black dress" be?
Many women are used to hearing that every wardrobe should have one. It's considered a staple of any stylish wardrobe.
But the truth is, that not every woman looks good in black. Many women do not look good in it at all! So your "black" dress may need to be another color altogether.
(8) Pictures of Beyonce, a mini palette and an outfit. Headline says, "Guess Her Type"
(9) Same type, different personalized palette
(10) "Mirror, mirror, on the wall..."
Imagine a magic potion, that once taken, makes you eternally beautiful.
Effortlessly beautiful. Every day. No matter what. What would that be like?'t have a magic potion bu
It wouldn't solve all your problems, but it would take the question of beauty permanently off the table, because your beauty would be assured.
Well, I don't have a magic potion, but I do have a magic wand. And with it, I empower you to discover your own beauty, when you discover your own colors.
You were born with a color palette that will make your light shine brighter. It will make you glow. Don't get dressed until you find out what those colors are!
Here's what knowing your best colors will empower you to choose...
-your best neutrals for your core wardrobe and accessories
-your best makeup colors - imagine knowing right away if an eyeshadow or blush or lipstick will look good on you.
-the best colors to focus on when you create your capsule wardrobe
-the right colors for date nights or special occasions, when you really want to look your absolute best
(11) I hear it all the time...
I cannot wear yellow. It makes me look ill.
For some reason, green is just not my color.
I like pink, but I don't look good in it.
I hear it all the time, but it's not the truth. With very few exceptions, when someone says something like that, what she means is that she can't wear the version of that color that she is thinking of or has tried before.
But if she could find the right yellow, or green, or pink, it would look great on her.
(12) 5 ways to stop being bored with your at-home wardrobe without having to buy anything new...
(13) Celeste and Melissa H.
(14) What I learned from wearing the wrong colors for 2 decades and losing the money I spent on the wrong clothes...
It happened ten or eleven years ago. I was reading someone's blog post and she mentioned learning what type she was, in a system I had never heard of before. It piqued my interest, so I went to the website to find out more, and was instantly hooked! I couldn't wait to dive in and find out my own type. What could possibly go wrong?...
-Though I love the concept of wearing colors and styles that match my essence and personality, appearance is far more important, and any system I choose to follow or use needs to match my coloring first.
-I need to go slowly with making changes as I learn a new system. No throwing out all my "wrong" clothes or spending a ton of money buying new ones until I have lived with and road tested the change I am trying to make.
-In other words, embrace with caution - at first.
(15) In this post, I'm going to tell you three ways you can save money and still create a wardrobe that not only honors your coloring but helps you shine your light brighter. Yesterday, I talked about how much money I spent on the wrong colors over the years (thousands) and how crushed I felt when I realized I'd wasted both the money and the time. So, one way is obvious, and I mentioned it yesterday.
(1) Finding your colors saves you money in the end because you won't waste it by spending money on the wrong ones.
(2) For the rest of this year, I have lowered the cost of my color analysis package to $79. A pandemic price, if you will. I'm passionate about helping women find their signature colors, but I don't want you to break the bank doing so, especially at a time when budgets are shrinking.
(3) But I know that for some, the impact of this pandemic has been even more of a financial strain than for others, and if that's true for you, I want to offer you something that won't cost you anything at all. It's my free color analysis quiz. It's designed for black women, because so many free quizzes offer examples and comparisons that aren't helpful. So this is a great place to start, and it's free! You'll get printable worksheets and an email mini course that will answer some of the questions you might have as you evaluate your coloring.
And whatever the impact of COVID-19 has been for you, I'm praying it ends soon. For all of us!
See you next time!
(16) When choosing a color palette for your fall capsule wardrobe, resists the temptation to buy every beautiful color you can wear. Choose 1 or 2 neutrals and 2-3 accent colors. Experts suggest choosing your neutral colors based on the colors in your hair - show my picture.
(17) Share someone's story about taking the quiz... see if Dana will take it. ORRRR... share testimonials about the color analysis eBook and personalized palette. (Shawna)
(18) VIDEO: include link back to the Beyonce post on the 8th, or the date, include type, personalized color palette and outfit she could wear at home....
-On Sept. 8th, my blog post was wordless, but the headline asked you to guess Beyonce's color analysis type.
-What was your guess?
-pics of Beyonce
-pics of her palette
-Beyonce is Warm dominant
-if she's #stayinghome, too, here are casual outfits she could wear
-did you guess right?
-thx for watching!
(19) Checklist or Infographic: How to Create a 4x4 Core Wardrobe Using Your Best Neutral - hair color or eye color
(20) ORANGE MANIFESTO -
(21) 3 steps to declutter your closet to create room for your fall capsule wardrobe.
(22) Percentage of women who are now working from home and doing Zoom meetings, and give jacket suggestions...
"In early 2020, the world began what is undoubtedly the largest work-from-home experiment in history. Now, as countries reopen but Covid-19 remains a major threat, organizations are wrestling with whether and how to have workers return to their offices." - hbr.org
Working from home while black...
"We recommend that managers and coworkers monitor their own implicit biases against social class and cultural signals they may observe in Black employees’ personal appearance and workspace. For example, wearing clothing that may increase comfort working from home may signal unprofessionalism for Black employees given that their racial identity is associated with lower class status regardless of their actual attire." - hbr.org
According to a poll taken this past April, about 20% of the U.S. working population has been working from home as a result of the pandemic.
(23) The familiar colors of fall: outfit formula ideas ... but what if the fall colors aren't quite your best? Wear deeper colors in your palette, in general...
(24) Yesterday, we talked about wearing the familiar colors of fall. But here are some color combinations, using fall colors, that you may not have thought of before. 3 different color combo ideas... (monochromatic, analogous, complimentary - using fall colors)
(25) Mini Capsule: Aim for 3 Daily Uniform Combinations
(26) Autumn accessories: pumpkins, leaves, acorns in jewelry, scarves, etc.
(27) Weight Loss Struggle...
(28) Style typology
(29) Shopping wisely (the funny part is at beginning)
(30) Fall Capsule Wardrobe Planner Page - piggyback off post on the 26th
OCTOBER BLOG POSTS
First Week - intro
Second Week - Style Personalities - each one
Third Week - House dress + ones for each color code
Fourth Week - Top Five Fall Items: how to wear each and with what
Fifth Week - Hallmark actresses
NOVEMBER BLOG POSTS
Nov 3rd - Mid-season Check-in for Fall Capsule Wardrobe
Nov 8nd - Thanksgiving Outfit Idea for Each Style Type
Nov 14th - Thanksgiving Outfit Idea for Each Color Type
Nov 20th - Hope you have a wonderful Thx-giving. Next month, something different. Xmas theme. Normally don't post much in Dec., but this time, challenge. Won't all be abt. style
DECEMBER BLOG POSTS
Day 1 - You Can Celebrate Xmas with Style Even on a Budget...
Are you like me? Do you look forward to celebrating Christmas all month long? I have for almost all of my adult life. And in my mind, the ideal Christmas style is a 31-day extravaganza where every outfit, every day, says, "I know Xmas is coming."
But I confess to you that I have often had a lower style budget than I wanted, and I have envied women who seemed to have all the Xmas style they could ever want. Catalogs would come in the mail, I'd drool over them, and then feel sad because I couldn't buy everything.
And this Xmas, due to our ongoing pandemic experience, many of us will have emptier wallets than usual. But you can still style yourself for Xmas, even if you'll be spending most of this season at home.
(1) Haul out every red or green or ivory piece of clothing you own. Who cares if you didn't buy it for Xmas? The important thing is how you will feel when you know that you are wearing it to celebrate.
(2) Pick your favorites and wear them as often as possible. Find one scarf or piece of jewelry and wear it, too.
How do you feel when the Xmas season comes around? Do you feel inspired to celebrate with style?..
Day 2 - The #1 Xmas Daily Uniform, Outfit Formula Idea...
The color palette: ivory + your red + your green (show all six)
The daily uniform: a duster cardigan column, inside or outside, with your best color combo
My own Xmas color palette & daily uniform
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Day 4 - How Will You Decorate this Year for Christmas? ...
December is a kind of trifecta for me, because it marries together my love of three different things - Xmas, home decorating and style.
Though I still love rustic design, I remember going through a phase where I could not get enough country home inspiration. I watched one or two decorating shows on country style decorating, subscribed to two country decorating magazines, including Country Living, and fantasized about living in a log cabin someday, surrounded by everything I loved about this rustic, country style.
One year, when the Christmas season began, I watched one of my decorating show favorites and they decorated a home for the holidays in what they called an old-fashioned country style. I FELL IN LOVE, and was determined to recreate as much of that look in my own home as possible.
I began my quest, and it certainly was not a hardship to walk around store after store, decked out in all their holiday finery. I was looking for barn red and a warmer, lighter green instead of the traditional Christmas colors, and that year, they must have been "in," because I was lucky enough to find them almost everywhere.
The only problem was that my budget was limited, and I knew there would be no way I could do everything I wanted. But I already had a few pieces that would suit the look I was after, and I hoped that at least this year, <i>less would be more.</i>
I found a lovely table runner that had both colors, a wreath for the door, barn red candles for my lantern and pillar holders, and two small Xmas tree print pillows with those same colors. And believe it or not, just adding those items to the ivory-ness I already had was more than enough to transform my family room/living room area. I used an ivory duvet I already had, and a smaller wreath in my bedroom and my Xmas decorating was done!
It was so nice to come to, as the song says, and I loved that I had managed to create the look I wanted in a simple way.
You know, my decorating has been simpler ever since. Though I don't always have country style in mind these days, I am grateful that I learned how powerful a more simple look, and less expensive buying experience, can be.
How do you decorate for Christmas? Have you started yet?
Day 5 - This is How I Know it's Really Christmas ...
Do you have experiences that anchor you to the holiday season? That become cues that ground you or steep you in all things Christmas?
For me, it has often been music and movies. The familiar Christmas carols give me moments of Christmas, even if i hear them at other times of the year. Do you have a favorite Christmas carol?
In fact, once the holiday season is over, I miss it. And sometimes I'll sing to myself about "needing a little Christmas, right this very minute," just to give myself a holiday moment.
Or, I'll watch The Holiday, and fall in love with that story all over again. Which holiday movie means Christmas to you?
Watching Miracle on 34th Street used to be a Christmas tradition in my house, when I was growing up, and sometimes, we'd watch it on Christmas morning, right after we opened presents, while my mom was in the kitchen making pancakes and bacon. Did you have a Christmas morning tradition, when you were growing up?
But THIS, above all else, is what instantly connects me to Christmas like nothing else does, and I love it, and the episode it represents, with all my heart...
(Christmastime is Here)
What are your favorite Christmas memories?
Day 6 - Do You Have a Christmas Cry Movie? ...
You know the one. The plot is so familiar, you could tell the story yourself. So you sometimes think, when you are about to watch it, that this</i> time, you won't cry. And then, you do. In fact, you can catch it well into the story, and thee are still moments in the story that get to you.
I have more than one Christmas movie that has that impact on me, and I will share them with you here. Then, you can tell me yours and which scenes move you most.
(1) The 90s version of Miracle on 34th Street - the scene where the little girl runs into the house and it's the home she has always dreamed of always brings tears to my eyes. It's her joyful abandon combined with my love for the idea of home.
(2) The Holiday - this one has several moments, toward the end. The first is when Arthur walks into the auditorium, expecting to see a smattering of people, and sees that the whole place is filled, instead. Then he has to walk on the stage and is hesitating, until Miles plays his theme song, and then he climbs those stairs with ease. The next moment is when miles asks Iris for a date on New Year's Eve, she accepts and they both turn away from each other and secretly make expressions of joy. The last one is the final scene when they are all dancing, and happy, They all have looks on their faces that suggest that they know this happiness will last & that each couple will work out whatever obstacles could get in their way.
(3) Love, Actually - this one has several moments, but the ones that move me most are the airport scenes at the end. Reunions, with the kind of love and joy that doesn't care who's watching.
The theme, for me, is sudden, surprised or overwhelming joy. It isn't limited to Christmas.
The first time I noticed it was at a high school graduation. My cousin was the only one I knew who was graduating, but when everyone threw their motor boards into the air, I burst into tears! I also sometimes cry when movie or TV characters dance with abandon, free to be themselves in a joyful way that you can tell doesn't happen very often.
Over to you. Which movies and scenes make you tear up or cry?
Day 7 - The Holly of it All ...
Do you wear red or green as a way of celebrating the Christmas season? It's a wonderful Christmas tradition, right? Well, actually..
(blog graphic - The Christmas Tradition that Isn't)
"It actually started centuries ago, when the colors were used to commemorate a different holiday. Ancient Celtic peoples revered red- and green-colored holly plants for being evergreen and believed holly was meant to keep Earth beautiful during the dead of winter." - Reader's Digest, RD.com
Though society has long thought of red and green as the best colors to use to decorate both yourself and your home, it originated as a way to celebrate the winter solstice. Decorating with holly berries was said to protect you. And to bring you good luck. And actually, many of the Christmas traditions we associate with the Christian faith are not Christian at all, but were adapted by Christians way back when, during what I like to think of the <i>conversion campaign.</i>
So I guess this means we now can decorate with and wear whatever we want. As for me, though, I am likely to stick with red, green, ivory or some combo thereof. What about you?
Day 8 - Christmas Color Palette and Capsule Wardrobe ...
Day 9 - Unique Ideas for 2020 Christmas Colors ...
In yesterday's post, I suggested a fairly traditional Christmas color palette and a possible Christmas Capsule Wardrobe based on that palette. But maybe we should go a different way this year?
I know. Why mess with tradition? The Christmas colors are red, green, ivory or winter white and gold. And that's the end of it, right? But what if you feel like doing something different this year? You can, because each year there are color trends that often carry over into our suggested holiday decorating color palettes. Here are some possibilities for this season...
quote - "Embracing earth tones is one of the interior design color trends in 2020. Olive green, yellow ochre, and burnt orange are shades that not only bring warmth but also a connection to the great outdoors." - Decorilla.com
Well, that might be fun! Olive green and burnt orange are my favorite colors. I may have to give that some thought. We'd still have plenty of green in our holiday looks. But what would that look like?
(graphic of Xmas tree element and outfit elements)
Another unique Christmas color scheme idea you might want to try is orange and blue. And now that I'm thinking of it, you could make blue a third color, along with olive green and burnt orange.
These are all Pantone fall & winter colors for this year, so I am guessing they will all be easy to find. In fact, here's a capsule wardrobe guide with all three colors and many different outfit formula combinatioms.
What do you think? Have you ever decorated with different Christmas colors?
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