Last week & this week, I have been talking about the importance of color analysis, but haven't yet told you about the color analysis types. So, here we go!
Brief Introduction to Tonal Color Analysis
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 color home that suits you best is the one that matches your dominant color characteristic. So, you could be...
Your dominant color characteristic is what is the most noticeable about your coloring and therefore, is what's most important to keep in mind when deciding which colors to wear.
How Color Analysis Works
As I mentioned above, tonal 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? How warm it is, or how cool? Or maybe your softness stands out most.
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.
This system is no different, though we also look for what you can't do without, because it is all over you, in terms of your coloring.
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.
Racism and Color Analysis
I am sure we have all flinched when we hear something like, "they all look alike to me!" But imagine if that is a genuine but somewhat hidden perception for someone trained to do color analysis.
How will that color analyst ever place women of color in the Light color home? Or identify dominant warmth in a woman of color's skin?
Though color analysts are no longer likely to say aloud that women of color are probably all autumns or winters, the perception still exists. It's just harder to identify now because it's unspoken.
I would go so far as to say that a properly trained color analyst would need to have an appreciation for the rich diversity of tones and shades and colors we see in our beautiful women and men of color, in order to analyze them correctly.
What do you think? Do you agree?
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