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Archive for July, 2012

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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.

BET Awards 2012 Right and Wrong

Today let’s look at the women of the 2012 BET Awards red carpet and see who got it right and wrong. The focus is mainly COLOR in these posts. I may make a comment here or there about style, but remember, COLOR.


Elle Varner is a Winter. This gown is a classic example of pattern in your season. Although the gown’s patterns features several colors, including warm tones, the overall effect still comes through as “cool” due to the dominant black background. For those of you who have ordered color analyses from me, in your Color Shopping Lists I’ll often include a bit about pattern. So for Winters, this is an excellent example for you.

Kyla Pratt is an Autumn. It pains me to put this here because I hate this frock on her. Shapeless, looks too big, etc. But the colors are absolutely right.


Yolanda Adams is an Autumn. For those who have gotten Color Shopping Lists from me, this is an example of a “warm” red and is what you should look for if you are an autumn. It gives off a warm flare, along with her gold jewelry and everything is a win.


Angela Bassett is an Autumn, so this black is not the best for her. Her skin looks a bit washed out and waxy. If this was a navy or charcoal with some gold jewelry accents, she would have shut it down because the dress’s style and fit are both wins but not the color.

Eva Marcille is an Autumn. She could technically go under Right and Wrong since she has some warmer-toned accents but the white dress and bleached hair are so dominantly cool, she can stay right the hell here under Wrong.

Faith….girl…..what even…..

Um. K. Faith is an Autumn. This outfit color choice is wrong. On so many levels.

Kenya Moore is a Winter. Wrong, wrong, wrong, wrong. She should also keep to very dark brown or black hair color.

Kerry Washington is a Winter and looks like slightly thawed death in this nude color. Go back to your pure, clear, cool jewel tones homegirl, because this ain’t it. If the bustier part was white instead of nude, this would have been worlds better.

Lala Anthony is an Autumn. I will resist the urge to say that this get-up makes her look the shape of a rotisserie chicken. No to the lavender and no to the silvery tones of her shoes, outfit accents, jewelry, and makeup.

Lela Rochon is an Autumn. This blue is absolutely wrong. She could have either darkened it to navy and changed the silver accents to gold, or just have gone with an entirely different warm color for the dress with gold accents.

Letoya is a Winter. This yellow is swallowing her whole.

Marsha is an Autumn so almost every color here is wrong (if you want to except that sliver of orange on the bottom of the dress). Cute style though. She tried.

Meagan Good is an Autumn. No white. Wrong. Surprisingly, for her, the style is nice.

Monica is a Winter. She should have gone with a more vibrant red, or other cool jewel tone for this. Nice style though.

Regina King is a Winter. Just….no.


Tamar Braxton is an Autumn. *Forrest Gump voice* And that’s all I gotta say about that.


Taraji is an Autumn. No. Even though she has a bit of gold sparkle, the aqua is too dominant.


Tatyana Ali is an Autumn. Even the yellow is too light for her, so this is all a no.


Toccara is an Autumn. All wrong.

Right and Wrong

Beyonce is an Autumn. Autumns look ravishing in yellow. HOWEVER, all yellows are not created equally. This neon yellow is a bit too harsh to really bring out her glow. A Spring woman could probably pull this type of yellow off and still glow, but not Autumn. The color provides a striking contrast with her skin, but the eyes go straight to the glaring color of the gown and not her. The style is hot, though. 🙂

Brandy in this….interesting choice of fabrics for an award show. Brandy is a Winter which means the black is right, the gold is wrong. The gold overlay on top of the black tunic gives the black a faded, almost muted look which would actually make this a way for an Autumn to wear black. Whenever you have competing colors like this, unless they are color-blocked, one will overtake the other for a specific effect. Here, the gold is winning. If the gold was silver, or if this was pure black, Brandy would be glowing a lot more.

Chante Moore is an Autumn. This dress is sheer, which gives a “nude” effect, which is sort of giving up a warm aura. But the silver sparkles of the dress/shoes/jewelry/eyeshadow are throwing off the whole thing. Chante would have benefited from gold instead of silver. And a better-fit/shape to the dress, but that’s neither here nor there.

Mimi is an Autumn. The color of the dress is technically okay for Autumns, but Mariah need not go so pale. The silver embellishments throw it off as well. So does that bleached out hair color; ugh. The fit isn’t good either, but dah well.

Michelle is a Winter. So the black is right, but the nude/tan color is dominating the look. Wrong.

Selita Ebanks is an Autumn. The nude and yellow accents are spot on, but the black is just a bit too dominant to bring out her glow.


Tamia is an Autumn. The gold/nude is right, the black is wrong. Very nice style though.

Notice how we only had 3 that got it completely right? Celebrities, color consulting works for y’all too! Especially when you’re in the spotlight like this. My e-mail is open! 🙂

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.


Charlie Reese

Today I am featuring a very special little girl. Charlie Reese, daughter of photographer Takiyah (featured here previously) is probably the most fun toddler I have ever spent time with. Her personality is already so well established and a few minutes around her will have you cracking up or marveling at the thought that surely she has been here before; a previous life, SOMETHING.

From Charlie’s Bio on Tumblr:

Charlie Reese was born one stormy day in August 2009. Her 2 years on Earth have been just as eventful as the date she was born. She booked her first commercial job at 9 months old, and has continued book work with companies such as J.C. Penney and the Army and Air Force Exchange Service. Although still a toddler, Charlie has been noted as being very easy to work with and funny! When she’s not on set, Charlie can be found riding her tricycle, dancing to music, eating strawberries, and  drinking chocolate milk. She aspires to be the world’s first Superhero Rock-star Dinosaur Doctor Princess.

Her resume (also on Tumblr) is pretty impressive too; check her out!

Charlie’s Tumblr

Charlie’s Facebook

Charlie’s Photography Tumblr (this is a collection of photos SHE HAS TAKEN HERSELF. Yeah you read that right.)

Since Charlie is in the spotlight a lot, it made sense for her mom to want a color analysis done on Charlie. Let’s look at Charlie in cooler colors first. Hold on to your ovaries.

You’re all talking in puppy-coo language aren’t you? I know. Just a gorgeous child. The more vibrant cool colors are really bringing out Charlie’s sparkle. But let’s take a look at Charlie in warmer colors.

Adorable. I just cannot take it. Anyhoo, though of course Charlie is cute in all of these, I think we have a clear winner. Charlie looks vibrant and glowing in the cool, vibrant colors. Charlie is a Winter. I think for special events or auditions, etc. TaKiyah should focus on those tones to dress Charlie. She will be irresistible. As always, I sent TaKiyah a Color Shopping List for Charlie with details on what colors to look for. Keep your eyes open for this little star!

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.


Today, Glowing Color features Heather from Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Heather writes:

I am a stay at home mom to two daughters ages 12 and 9.  I am hoping you can help me with chosing the right colors to wear, I feel like I don’t look good in anything.  I am also always playing with my hair color, I get highlights and then decide they get too light so I think let’s try to get back to my natural haircolor which I think is medium brown but then I get too many red tones in my hair which I don’t like.

Here is Heather’s Q&A:

What color do you wear the most? I wear greys and navys

What color do you wear the least? oranges, reds and yellows

What color do you feel sexy in?  dark grey, if I had to pick a color

What color do you get the most compliments in?  My husband says he likes me in pinks

Heather sent in a ton of photos, which I absolutely love! The more the merrier! I also loved that she did the same backdrop and just changed the shirts. It really makes for a cleaner, more objective analysis. Now, with Heather, I could tell what season she was as soon as I looked at the first photo she sent in. Can you guess? Let’s look at Heather in cooler colors:

In each of these photos, my eyes go directly to her shirt color and then Heather. This is often a classic sign that someone is wearing the wrong colors for their season. Heather also looks a bit washed out in these colors. Let’s look at her in warmer colors.

Did you notice how Heather appears to brighten up in these photos? It’s not just the brighter colors in her shirts. Her face has come alive in the warmer colors. Heather is an Autumn.

I do agree with Heather’s assessment that she has too much red in her hair color. In her Color Shopping List I suggest, among other things that she look for hair colors without the red undertones. I think she would benefit by going a bit darker, in hair AND in her clothes. She should stay warm of course, but she has too many light/bright warm colors in her wardrobe and even more cool colors in her wardrobe.

Heather’s Q&A leads to some very helpful tips for her. She wears oranges, reds, and yellows the least but these are colors she should be incorporating MORE into her wardrobe. Some people shy away from these because they seem so “loud”, but there is a way to find the best shade of each color for your skin. She also feels sexy in dark gray, which was her most telling answer of all. Deep, dark, charcoal gray is a classic Autumn color and one of my favorite substitutes for black (in warmer-toned women). Heather should embrace that and shy away from the lighter-to-medium grays that will just wash her out. Heather’s husband likes her in pinks but I bet if she incorporated some pinkish-peaches into her wardrobe, he would love that as well.

I hope Heather will keep us updated on new color choices! Thanks Heather!

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, who was featured here, e-mailed me:

Hi Tamara,

I just wanted to send you a picture of my new hair and clothing choices. Thank you so much again for all your wonderful help with my color analysis. I’ve been getting a lot of compliments lately and I feel more beautiful. Thank you so much and I look forward to reading more of your blog!

Here is Leila before:

Here is Leila after warming up:

See the difference? Leila looks GORGEOUS, like a ray of sunshine in her updated photo. Everything is flowing together: her new hair color, makeup, cardigan, blouse, EVERYTHING. You look great, Leila, and thank you so much for the update!

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.


Today I am doing a semi-feature on Alma, a violinist from Spain. I say semi-feature because she wanted to keep her photos private, so this will just be text and my thoughts on her (she received her detailed list via e-mail).

Alma wrote in,

Dear Gem,

My name is Alma and I am from Spain. I have found your web page while surfing the internet and I like it very much! I have been searching for information to be able to determine my season color, but I don’t find a clear conclusion…
I have pale skin and I think I have cold undertones. I was born with a very blond hair, almost white, but with the time it went darker. Right now is brown though under light it has a bit of gold or red reflects. My eyes are brown or dark hazel (is not easy to say..). After doing myself some questionaries I though I was winter, because of the contrast between my white skin and the hair, also because I think my veins are blue (also not easy to say!) and because I think I look good in black, blue, etc… But then sometimes I read that winters can not have any gold reflect in the hair! And that makes me a bit lost…
With kind regards,

I can definitely say Alma was my toughest analysis yet! She sent me some baby photos and her hair was this beautiful, shocking white-blonde that served a striking contrast with her big, deep brown eyes. Her adult photos showed a lovely woman with pale skin and dark eyes and hair. I could definitely see why she thought herself a Winter. Let’s take a look at her interview Q&A:

What color do you wear the most? The color that I wear most is black.

What color do you wear the least? The color that I wear less…actually many, but probably it will be an orange, yellow…something like that.

What color do you feel sexy in? I feel always sexy in color black. Could be possible also a dark red.

What color do you get the most compliments in? People…used to see me mostly in black, so when I wear a blue or a red I get compliments I think. I have always heard from blue.

Looking at Alma’s photos, she definitely dresses like a Winter. She sent in lots of photos with her in black. In fact, she sent in over 20 photos and only 1 was in a non-cool color. I kept noticing something though. None of the colors (black, blue, gray, red, purple, white, light green) looked BAD on Alma, but something was a bit…off. There was no glow. Just contrast. I focused closer on the plums in a couple of photos. Hmmm.

Ironically, it was her baby photos that gave it away. One in particular. Baby Alma, white-blonde hair, deep brown eyes, light pink and white dress. It clicked.

Alma is a Soft Autumn. I did indeed see the golden undertones of her brunette hair she mentioned, but something in that baby photo brought it all together. I believe Alma gravitates toward the black and blues of her wardrobe because they provide that deep contrast between her pale skin and dark hair and eyes. We all love contrast; it definitely attracts the eye. But it does not glow, and glow is what we want.

This was also an example of how I do not really rely on the whole “blue vein/green vein” thing to determine someone’s season. I think that information is a bit outdated and can be misleading.

In her Color Shopping List, I suggested some colors to Alma that will probably overhaul her wardrobe in the future. I can’t wait to see the results!

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.