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Archive for June, 2012

QQ Color Snap: Yellow and Black

QQ, featured here previously is showing a perfect example of how Autumns can still wear black, as long as they wear an Autumn color on top.

See how she glows in the yellow, while still reaping the benefits of sexy black? That’s how you do it if you’re a Spring or an Autumn. Note also that her earrings have cool-toned green but are warmed up by the gold. Perfect!

If you have already had a color consultation with me, I will feature your Color Snapshots whenever you want as well as answer any specific questions you have!

If you would like me to do a color analysis for you (includes blog feature with pictures and customized color shopping list with your own personal power color) that will bring out your own unique glow, contact me at glowingcolor@gmail.com for rates.

Emma Stone

I am kicking off my features on Summer women by starting with the actress, Emma Stone.

When people think of Emma Stone, most recall her with dark hair, or red hair. Then they look at me sideways like ‘what is this bish doing under Summer’? That’s what happens in my mind at least.

Emma Stone is a natural blonde and her coloring/features make her a Summer. Let’s take a look at Emma in different color tones.

Warm

The gold makes Emma look pasty and washed out, the peach is just sitting on her (also note: Never wear anything that looks like it may match your skin color too closely), the banana yellow makes her look pasty, the taupe makes her look undead, and the brown makes her look a bit haggard and old (note the brown eyeliner, a no-no for cool-toned women). Even in the wrong colors, you probably noticed that her natural blonde color looks better on her than the dark red. Almost to the glow!

Cool

Emma looks like an ice princess in the ice blue (the look would have been better if they had gone with a lighter pink lipstick). In the black, she looks stunning but not glowing. This is common when women wear the correct tone, but the wrong shade. Summers generally do not glow in black, especially when they wear a large percentage of black as Emma does here. The look we are drawn to is the contrast of the dark against her pale skin, the dark hair with the light eyes, etc. But it still isn’t the most flattering look for her. The gray…now we’re talking. Her hair, eyes, skin, everything is popping in this gray dress. Gorgeous. In the cool-toned, multi-colored patterned top, Emma looks good even though this would look better on a Winter. In sky blue, Emma’s glow shines even through the yellow backdrop and auburn hair. Picture her in this photo with blonde hair. Yas.

Emma Stone is a classic Summer. I hope she hangs on to her blonde color and keeps incorporating the pale, cool colors of summer into her wardrobe.

One last comparison:

See the difference?

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If you would like me to do a color analysis for you (includes blog feature with pictures and customized color shopping list with your own personal power color) that will bring out your own unique glow, contact me at glowingcolor@gmail.com for rates.

Summer Colors-White

Nothing quite evokes a summery feel than crisp, cool, white.

If you are a Summer, then there is no limit to how and how much you can wear white this summer. This is your time to shine! Tops, bottoms, dresses, swimsuits, whatever you want to do (that isn’t dated and tacky), GO FOR IT!

If you are not a Summer, white can still work in different doses. We all know that white looks great against a summer tan or naturally darker skin for contrast purposes, but that does not necessarily mean you will glow. Just ask me, an Autumn, who looks a bit like Death in white. Mm-hmm. Listen to her. Me.

If you are a Winter, you can wear white much like Summers, but it may be a bit too much contrast to wear as a top for you darker-featured cool beauties. Instead of wearing all white like Summers, mix white with a bold, cool, jewel tone color to give you maximum glow.

If you are a Spring or Autumn, stay away from white as a shirt, blouse, button-down, dress, pattern-background, anything too close to your face. If you simply must wear white, try a white skirt or shorts with a warm, bright top. Yellow or orange work, so does navy and some of the warmer purples. Always warm it up with gold-toned jewelry.

Or, bring white into your home with linens and flowers. So serene.

If you would like me to do a color analysis for you (includes blog feature with pictures and customized color shopping list with your own personal power color) that will bring out your own unique glow, contact me at glowingcolor@gmail.com for rates.

Leila

Today I am featuring Leila! Leila is a pianist, songwriter, and a piano teacher who lives in San Francisco, California. Her band’s name is Rabbit Quinn and their first full album comes out this fall! See her fan page here.

Let’s begin with her Q&A:

What color do you wear the most? Black. Flatters the figure, easy to match.

What color do you wear the least? Stark white. Reds…I am a redhead (not naturally) and reds are tricky with red hair.

What color do you feel sexy in? Earthy greens. Red lipstick,  I feel feminine and soft when I wear peach or blue. Black, of course!

What color do you get the most compliments in? Red Lipstick, Orange, and any shade of green. There’s this blue scarf I got in Paris everyone loves on me. I included a picture….

Very interesting answers! Let’s take a look at Leila’s photos.

First, notice how different Leila looks with the red hair and the brunette hair? It’s almost like looking at a completely different person! I am noticing that Leila is falling into two extremes with her hair. The deep red hair color washes her out and makes her look a bit pasty. The brunette hair makes her look dramatically pale. Not bad, just very pale. We need some kind of balance between the two, but what? Keep in mind that her natural hair color is light brown.

In this first set of photos, Leila does not look bad, but the colors she wears are doing nothing for her. They are sitting on her. Surfing the Internet. Reading books on a Kindle. There is no harmony; no flow. Where is her glow?

Let’s look at Leila in warmer colors.

Are you seeing anything? A glimmer of glow? Yes? Particularly in the 2nd photo. That hint of gold and the general brown tones of the photo are bringing out Leila’s glow. You would be able to see it more clearly if her hair was a different color (especially in the navy dress photo). Leila is an Autumn. A Soft Autumn, just like Jo.

Notice in Leila’s interview that she wears black the most because it flatters the figure and it’s easy to match. This answer is extremely common, both in my color interviews and in general. Black is definitely a safe color. But for Autumns (and Springs), it really doesn’t do us any favors (besides the aforementioned figure-slimming effect). Leila wears stark white and reds the least. That’s a good instinctual move regarding stark white because for Autumns, stark white is a one-way ticket to Deathface-ville. The reds however, we can tweak. Especially if her hair color changes.

Now, Leila’s most telling answer may be when she tells the color she feels sexiest in. Earthy greens! That’s an answer I definitely don’t hear every day and it’s definitely a color that many overlook. However, earthy greens (the ones that lean more toward warm and muted; i.e. have more yellow in them) are one of Autumns’ strongest colors. It has become one of my favorites to wear as an Autumn and I tend to seek it out more. She also mentions she gets complimented in orange, another Autumn all-star color.

Leila loves red lipstick, which is always a sexy classic. In her Color Shopping list, I go over the best reds to look for, and what hair colors would bring out her natural glow. Leila needs to go lighter and warmer with her hair color, and I think the results will be stunning. Keep us updated, Leila!

If you would like me to do a color analysis for you (includes blog feature with pictures and customized color shopping list with your own personal power color) that will bring out your own unique glow, contact me at glowingcolor@gmail.com for rates.