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Susan

Today, Glowing Color features Susan. Susan is from the NYC area where she works as an actor and model. She enjoys classic film, art, design, and museums. 4 of her friends actually gifted her this color analysis! Susan writes,

I am so thrilled to have this done, as seasonal color analysis has been torturing me. I’m so very grateful for my friends for doing this. they rock.
 First, I was termed a true summer (which quite honestly, either that or another summer may be accurate) by Christine Scamman, who is awesome. She analyzed every striation of color in my eyeball, and said it was textbook true summer. (I blew up my eyeball photo and pixilated it, and noticed every single color of it is in the true summer fan, if that means anything…dunno….)
 I had no reason to doubt Christine, until the true summer group…told me otherwise. 

 pls advise,
Susan

I want to address the issue about eye color, because I’ve had several e-mails that mention this: I do not use eye color alone to determine someone’s season. If that was all that was needed to determine someone’s season, what about all the women of color who have dark brown eyes? Are they all the same season? No (though some websites would have you believe this)! So while eye color can be a helpful factor at times, it is by no means the main way of determining season. It comes from your skin and all the unique glowing colors and tones within!

Here is Susan’s Color Interview:

What color(s) do you wear the most? pink and blue 

What color(s) do you wear the least? yellow

In what color(s) do you feel sexy and/or beautiful? navy or deep blue 

In what color(s) do you receive compliments? pink

When we look at Susan’s photos, keep in mind that her natural hair color is self-described as a dark, ashy brown…mushroom brown instead of a true brunette. Let’s look at cooler colors first.

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Now let’s look at Susan in warmer colors.

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Although we don’t have much to go by in the warmer colors, it’s fairly obvious to me that Susan is not warm. She is definitely cool. However, Susan is not a Summer. Susan is a Winter. The cool pastel colors of Summer wash her out; they make her look too pale. Imagine her naturally darker hair color, and you’ll see that Susan should stick with the vibrant tones of Winter. Her eyes even pop more in Winter colors versus Summer.

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See the difference?

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Ania

Today, Glowing Color features Ania. Ania lives in Warsaw, Poland. She works as a hairdresser and linergist. She is also a psychologist. She loves animals and has a cat- “a very beautiful Cornish Rex”. Ania writes,

Hello,

I am Ania. I live in Poland. I have a big problem with right colours especially with hair colour. That’s why all the time I change it and still it is not mine….I am begging you for help. What should I do? I am 34. Half part of my life I dyed my hair with dark brown (ash) or black thought nature made a mistake and I am a winter! But now when I looked on the pictures I can see it make me like sick. White and grey skin. I’ve never like orange, yellow or brown on me. Really horrible. So if somebody said I am an autumn I’d never agree. I am so much closer to soft summer colour palette but some of them are not good for me. Now I feel really good only in soft grey blue. Please help me. Help me choose the right colour for my hair. I am dreaming of it :-).

Here is Ania’s Color Interview:

What color(s) do you wear the most? I wear the most of grey(light or medium), grey blue, white(but not fluorescent white, not too bright) and black but now I feel in black a bit older than years ago. 

What color(s) do you wear the least? I feel very bad in orange, warm brown, warm beige, mahogany, aubergine, olive, bright green, bright yellow.

In what color(s) do you feel sexy and/or beautiful? I feel good in some kind of red(deep not bright, a bit dusty). Feel good in grey and grey blue and white. 

In what color(s) do you receive compliments? The most compliments?: in red, pink with a drop of solomon, white.

Keep in mind that Ania’s natural hair color is a mix of dark blondes. Let’s look at Ania in cooler colors first.

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Now, let’s look at Ania in warmer colors.

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Ania’s instinct is correct. She is a Summer. She gravitates to soft gray-blue, hates orange, brown, and yellow, and feels she can’t go too “cool”. Though she looks best in cooler colors, she has been going too dark with both her hair and clothes. When Ania lightens up both, she will see a dramatic difference.

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See the difference?

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.

Janet

Today, Glowing Color features Janet. Janet writes,

Hello Gem, I think I might be a soft winter, though I am not typical, as is your analysis of Kaetlin.  I have dark blonde changed to medium cool brown hair (and now soft salt and pepper grey) and strong blue eyes/fair skin.   I recently have been analyzed as Light Summer and Cool Summer by top E Color Analysts (by their ratings on Google).   But I feel blah in these colors (actually depressed in Light Summer) and I want to feel radiant.  Could you help me?  Best, Janet

More about Janet:

My business websites are www.permanentmakeupbyjanet.com and Facebook.com/LilyAesthetics.  I am from California and Minnesota and I now have been living in Tucson, Arizona for 30 years.  I am a retired nurse-midwife and now am a permanent makeup artist.  I love color and pride myself on being able to help women look and feel more beautiful with permanent makeup and skincare.  I like to walk with my Pomeranians and swim in my pool.  I love the Arizona desert! 

Let’s go to her Color Interview:

What color(s) do you wear the most? Black.

What color(s) do you wear the least? Orange.

In what color(s) do you feel sexy and/or beautiful? Black.

In what color(s) do you receive compliments? Hot pink.

Let’s look at Janet in cooler colors first.

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Now, let’s look at Janet in warmer colors.

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As you are looking at these, keep in mind that she has added golden highlights and her natural hair color is shown in the underside of her hair. Janet is a Winter. Janet was correct in her assessment in her original e-mail to me that she is a Soft Winter. Soft Winter does NOT equal Summer, which explains why she feels depressed in Summer colors. Soft Winter just means she can wear SOME lighter, softer colors but she truly glows in the bold Winter colors. For example, the teal she’s wearing is soft. The light blue she’s wearing is too light for her. Soft Winter equals soft, not pastels necessarily. I go into further detail in her Color Shopping List.

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See the difference?

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.

Samantha

Today Glowing Color features Samantha. Samantha writes,

Hello Glowing Color,
 
I have been looking for an affordable color consultation from the right place and I was so impressed with all your testimonials that I had to contact you. I am currently a student and unable to afford anything to crazy right now, but I also want to make the best impression possible as I start interviewing for my first job out of school. As an artist, I know how important color is for making a good first impression and more importantly, a lasting impression. I also find myself replacing my wardrobe right now as I outgrow my high school attire and would love tips on how to go about choosing the best colors for me as I enter into the adult world.

I am a student studying sequential art (cartooning and storyboarding) and will be going on to pursue my masters in art history and museum studies this upcoming Fall. I am interested in medieval studies and may go on to earn my PHD in that specific area. Right now, I am working on a young adult graphic novel about a sci-fi western treasure hunt. I am originally from Cleveland and am happy to be moving back this summer. Since I have been in the Savannah, Georgia, I miss the cold weather. I am a voracious reader. I want to pick up some sort of martial art study this summer! My artistic website is at www.samreveley.com.

Be sure to check out Samantha’s art! I love her illustrations and paintings, particularly Metamorphosis. Let’s now get into her Color Interview.

What color(s) do you wear the most? I wear plenty of greens and browns. I tend to have a rather earthy palette in my wardrobe.

What color(s) do you wear the least? Bright red, hands down.

In what color(s) do you feel sexy and/or beautiful? Forest green, off-white, and possibly purple (I am surprised to say I do not own anything in purple! That is totally based on memory).

In what color(s) do you receive compliments? It seems like I get a lot of compliments when I wear orange, although I am not quite sure because the orange shirt I wore for the photo is the only one I own! (Can you tell I’m a stingy student? Haha.)

Let’s take a look at Samantha in cooler colors first.

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Now let’s look at Samantha in warmer colors.

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Samantha is a lovely woman! I wasn’t sure at first glance what her season was, but it became clear after I grouped her photos together in cool or warm colors. I noticed that in the warm colors, Samantha does not look bad, but the colors are just resting on her, and even have a darkening effect on her overall look. In the cool colors however, Samantha’s creamy, rosy glow shines through. Samantha is a Winter.

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See the difference?

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.

Golden Globes 2013

The Golden Globes aired this past weekend, so you know what that means–time for another Color Right and Wrong! For my post on the 2012 Golden Globes, go here. Let’s jump right in!

Right

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Alyssa Milano is an Autumn and looks gorgeous in this citron/saffron-hued gown. Amanda Seyfried is a Spring and looks pretty in her blush/ivory combo. Amy Adams is a Spring and looks fantastic in her pale-nued mermaid gown. Anne Hathaway is a Winter and looks stunning in white. Claire Danes is a Spring and is gorgeous in red. Eva Longoria is a Winter and stuns in black. Jennifer Lawrence is a Spring (her natural hair color is blonde) and looks fabulous in this coral-red gown. Jessica Alba is an Autumn and looks beautiful in her shimmery peachy-coral gown. Katharine Mcphee is a Winter and hits all the right notes in black. Olivia Munn is a Winter and is on the mark in her dress. Sally Field is an Autumn and looks regal in her navy gown. Salma Hayek is a Winter and gets it right in black. Zooey Deschanel is a Winter and this red looks great on her.

Right and Wrong

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Connie Britton is an Autumn (her natural hair color is brown) and though this metallic gown reads warm, it is a bit too light for her. A deeper gold would have looked awesome. Halle Berry is an Autumn and like Connie, is  wearing a gown that reads warm but is too light. Isla Fisher is an Autumn and again we see an example of warm tone but too light (this is an absolutely gorgeous gown though). Jennifer Lopez is an Autumn and while the nude works, the white read of the lacy design distracts. Kaley Cuoco is a Spring. Her gown is the correct color for her season, but her makeup is way too dark. Lea Michele is a Winter. White works for some Winters but it’s hard to tell here since she overdid the tanning. Lena Dunham is a Soft Autumn meaning brown is in the ballpark, but she needs a brighter brown. Rosario Dawson is a Winter and while her mint gown is cool, it is way too light for her. Taylor Swift is a Spring and this chocolate gown is too dark for her.

Wrong

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Debra Messing is an Autumn (her natural hair color is brown), and black does nothing for her. Hayden Panattiere is a Spring. This pink gown reads too cool for her. Jessica Chastain is an Autumn and this seafoam gown is ALL WRONG. Jodie Foster is a Spring and this deep, icy blue is a miss in color for her. Julianne Hough is a Summer so the gold accents of her gown are wrong for her. Julianne Moore is an Autumn. Black=blah. Kelly Osbourne is a Spring (her natural hair color is blonde) so this look is too cool for her (I absolutely love her entire look by the way, it just isn’t making her glow). Kerry Washington is a Winter and looks washed out in this sheer nude. Kristen Bell is a Spring, so this silver is off. Kristen Wiig is an Autumn and looks sickly in her black gown. Lucy Liu is an Autumn, so this secret garden is wrong. Marion Cotillard is a Winter and the orange dress was too warm for her (this photo makes it look more red, but it’s orange). Nene Leakes is an Autumn; this black and white frock does nothing for her. Nicole Richie is a Spring; this pale blue is simply wrong.

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.

Leah

Today, Glowing Color features Leah.

I left my finance career behind a couple years ago to stay home with our daughter, Molly, which is the best decision I ever made. Besides  spending time with my family and friends, I love cooking, running, reading and traveling.

Leah’s Q&A:

What color(s) do you wear the most? All shades of blue, pale pink, black, white & gray

What color(s) do you wear the least? Yellow, orange, purple, brown

In what color(s) do you feel sexy? I feel sexy in black.

In what color(s) do you receive compliments? Mostly in light blue because it draws people’s attention to my eyes. 

Indeed, you’ll see that Leah does have stunningly beautiful eyes. Let’s take a look at Leah in cool colors first.

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BTW, clients, this is how I love for you to submit photos (if possible). Multiple colors taken against the same backdrop, somewhat neutral. It makes it easier to do your analysis, and makes it easier for you to see differences!

Now, since Leah has a lot of photos in cool colors, I separated them a bit into the deeper, darker cool colors, bright pinks and purples, and the coolest, the lighter blues and white. Leah looks very nice in all of these colors, but she is really standing out in the bottom row of photos. Let’s look at Leah in warm colors.

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As you can see, Leah has a definite preference for cooler colors in her wardrobe! It seems that is a wise instinctual choice, as the navy does not look bad, but is not doing anything special for Leah. She looks washed out in this peachy-melon color. Any guesses on her season?

Leah is a Summer. Her answer regarding the colors she wears most was a good hint. Leah is already gravitating toward her more flattering colors. The colors she wears the least also tell a tale; as they are autumn colors (including purple, depending on the shade/tone). She gets complimented most in light blue and that is a beautiful color on her; a classic Summer color. This would be even more apparent if you could see Leah’s natural hair color, which is an ashy light brown. The auburn color she is wearing in these photos do her coloring and eyes no justice. I have suggested some other hair colors to her in her Color Shopping List. Pay attention to Leah’s cool photos. The black, fuchsia, and red are cool, but too dark for her, a calling card of Summers. The orchid and pink are okay; I feel she would look better in those colors if she had her natural hair color here. But the white and sky blue photos are wear Leah really glows. If she had her natural lighter hair color here, the entire effect would be amazing. I hope Leah keeps us updated, especially if she tries out a new hair color.

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See the difference (also imagine a light ash-brown hair color)?

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.

Evanna Lynch

I briefly featured actress Evanna Lynch in my Harry Potter post a while back. Let’s take a more in-depth look at her today.

Evanna in Spring: pink. Evanna looks a pasty mess with the pink, and the red lipstick, and dark auburn hair. Her Summer essence has been extinguished here.

Evanna in Summer: light blue, white. Evanna looks ethereal in these colors. Yes!

Evanna in Autumn: burgundy, leopard. In the burgundy, Evanna looks ghostly. The leopard and the auburn hair make her look plain. Blah.

Evanna in Winter: black, blues, red. Black generally does nothing for Summers. The vibrant blues look great on Evanna and fit in well with her Summer season. The red is just like the black; it does nothing for her and overpowers her look.

Evanna in Auburn Hair: As I said yesterday in the Cameron Diaz post, don’t do this. Summers need to ignore the phone call that says go dark. They also need to ignore any red hair dye phone calls, as tempting as they are. Don’t do it.

See the difference?

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.