There is one reason & one reason only why color analysis goes wrong! And I will tell you what it is in this post…
My Color Analysis Story
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 was 17 or 18 years old, and it was summer, in the early 80s (yes, I am that old!)
Color Me Beautiful was just beginning to show up in department stores and they were offering 4-season color analysis classes wherein people could discover their season & be given a palette filled with the colors they should wear.
During that time, as I mentioned last week, it was believed that women of color were going to be autumns or winters, but by far, the majority would be winters.
So, 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?
Why Color Analysis Goes 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.
I believe that many celebrity pictures are staged. And that means that special lighting may have been used, they may have been wearing makeup to match their outfits or look, and the final pictures may have been altered to improve them in some way.
So, 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, I mean, 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 will include the take-your-breath-away colors that will make you glow & come to life.
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!
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!
3 Reasons You Should Consider Color Analysis
(1) The wrong colors change the way people perceive you. It's you but also "not you" that they see when they see you coming.
(2) 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.
(3) 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.
Have you ever been color analyzed?
See you tomorrow!
I want to encourage you & help you uncover which colors make you shine the brightest.
And then, help you create the capsule wardrobe that will empower you to do just that.
Are you with me? Stay tuned!
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Disclosure: I sell my own color analysis services, but am also an affiliate for Fashion Meets Faith. If I color analyze you, and you decide to purchase fabric color swatches through my affiliate link, I will make a commission, for which I will be grateful. :)