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Metropolitan Gala 2015

Between my two young daughters (infant and toddler) and my clients, I have been too busy to write my posts on award shows and other subjects. I found this in my drafts from May…hahaha! Enjoy. I’m 1,000 percent sure there were other women I wanted to include in this post, but I’m going with what I have for now. I hope to get back to regular blogging sometime soon.

The Metropolitan Gala is always fun to watch to see who will go the extra mile in fashion just because they can. Fashion opinions on the outfits featured at the Gala range from whether the person was on theme or off theme, whether the outfit is “in”, whether the outfit is impressive, and whether the outfit is considered ugly or too much (even if the person is on theme). I for one, love seeing who is on theme or not, but invariably I always look at the colors they choose and if they are right or wrong based on their season. Here are my favorite looks from the Gala, based solely on COLOR.

Winter

Alison BrieGabrielle UnionVanessa HudgensOlivia Munn

Alison Brie, Gabrielle Union, Vanessa Hudgens, Olivia Munn

Spring

Dianna Agron

Dianna Agron

Summer

Uma Thurman

Uma Thurman

Autumn

Jessica Chastain

Jessica Chastain

Ali

Today, Glowing Color features Ali.

About Ali: “My name is Ali, I’m 21 years old, a college student living in San Diego. I discovered color analysis at the beginning of high school and have been struggling ever since trying I discover what season I am. I’ve jumped around all of them, never being able to come to a complete answer. I’ve dyed my hair since I was in middle school, so that may have lead to a lot of confusion for me. I started out super pale blonde as a child, which darkened to a medium brown and eventually dark brown with a red tinge to it. My hair has been every color of the rainbow, blonde and orange-red being the worst on me! I love fashion and books, candles and pug dogs. Follow me on Pinterest @Alexzandra Lansing!”

Ali’s Color Interview:

What color(s) do you wear the most? 

I wear a lot of black–it’s simple, matches with everything, and I’ve been told it looks good on me. I also wear white for the same reasons.

What color(s) do you wear the least? 

Orange and brown. I’ve always felt muddy when I wore them! 

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

I feel sexy in red or white.

In what color(s) do you receive compliments? 

I get compliments in both light and dark blue, purple, yellow, and black, and hot pink. 

Ali in cooler colors:

 blackgraywhiteredpinkpurplebluegreen

Ali in warmer colors:

light tanbrownlight yelloworangetomato

Another woman with beautiful eyes! Extra points to Ali for the creativity in the “orange” photo, haha. Ali is a Summer. The warm tones she has in her hair dye are throwing off her look a bit; they make her skin look flat. But when you compare the cooler tones to the warmer tones, you can see a clear difference. The warmer colors wash her out a bit, but Ali’s face positively lights up in the cooler colors, and the paler colors of Summer would greatly flatter her. I am especially hoping she sends us some updated photos since her current ones are mostly darker and brighter colors. Also notice from her Color Interview where she mentions she feels “muddy” in brown and orange. Ali intuitively knew what colors she should avoid, but just needed some fine tuning regarding shades and tones. Ali says she wears a lot of black, which is often a safe color for a lot of people. I am excited to see her branch out and lighten up her wardrobe!

This is closer to Ali’s natural hair color, which helped me visualize her Summer colors that much more!

natural hair color

purplelight yellow

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.

Aisha’s Wedding Colors

Glowing Color is excited to announce that we will now be providing wedding color consultations! Aisha, who was just featured, is getting married next spring and wants to know the best colors for her venue and of course her season.

turquoise peach

Aisha is a Summer. Her reception venue is quite warm with brick and red accents, so that poses a challenge with getting the cool colors that flatter Aisha without clashing with the venue. My immediate instinct flew to the blues and greens of the color scale to complement the oranges and reds in the venue.

Aisha has picked her gown (which is a gorgeous, classic strapless gown that will have a reverse lace jacket over it).

Makeup:

I would love to see Aisha in some subtle blue eye makeup like this

blue eyeliner

or this

Blue eye makeup

Or a more dramatic eye like this

blue eyeliner 2

These would set off her blue eyes and skin tone so beautifully! For a lip, a subtle pink would work.

Prime lips with moisture with a bit of Whipped’s strawberry lip balm, then something like MAC Plushglass in Ample Pink

Ample Pink

Possible jewelry:

Another hint of blue should come from the earrings. I am a sucker for dangling gemstone earrings. I think my eyes literally turn to hearts when I see a nice pair. With a gorgeous strapless gown like the one she has, she can afford a little drama with the earrings if she keeps a bare neckline (which I imagine she will have with the lace jacket).

One. Two. Three. Four. Five.

aventurine

chalcedony

aqua gemstone

 

apatite

moonstone

Bridesmaid dresses:

The ideal color based on Aisha’s venue and her own coloring for bridesmaid dresses should be a gorgeous blue-green. Not too deep of a turquoise, and not too pale of an aqua. Below are some examples of the color.

blue green bridesmaid dress

green blue dress

turquoise dresses

Bouquets:

With blue-green bridesmaid dresses, a mix of pink and red roses would contrast beautifully and pull in the red from Aisha’s venues (there are red curtains there).

fuchsia red bouquet pinks reds creams roses

I love both of these looks. The first is more casual and rustic, which actually fits Aisha’s venue nicely (the reception is in a barn). The second is more formal, but is so gorgeous. I love an all-rose bouquet; it is classic, timeless, and includes a stunning variation of reds, pinks, and white/creams.

Hopefully, this gives Aisha a great foundation to start putting together her colors and decor for her wedding. I hope she keeps us posted and sends us photos of the wedding. She will be a beautiful bride!

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. For a limited time, Glowing Color will include wedding color analyses in the same package as the standard color analyses with no extra charge. If you have not chosen your gown, I will also help you decide whether to get white or ivory (or another color altogether!).

Aisha

Today, Glowing Color features Aisha.

About Aisha: I would like to know which season I am as I am getting married next year and I don’t want the colours in the bouquet to wash me out!! I live in Wilmslow, Cheshire in England (near to Manchester) and work as a Marketing, Sales and Events Co-ordinator for a company that organises stag and hen weekends. I used to work in law but I missed using my creative side (I used to love writing when younger and always have ideas for things), so I changed jobs last year and hope to get qualified in marketing after I get married next year. I live with my fiance and we’re busy planning our wedding at the moment  for next year and, like I did when we did up the house, I have loved using my bargain hunting and obsessive research skills to get the best deals! I like keeping fit and you can’t keep me off the dance floor when I am out!

I am very excited to work with Aisha and help her choose colors for her wedding. I am splitting Aisha’s analysis into two separate posts-this one with the standard color analysis, and the next one will feature wedding color ideas!

Aisha’s Color Interview:

What color(s) do you wear the most? 

Blue in all kinds of shades (though I prefer brighter or aqua colours and don’t really like pastels as I don’t think they really reflect me as a person). Black as it goes with everything. I do have a few coral and purple items too.

What color(s) do you wear the least? 

Brown or beige – in fact, I don’t think I have one brown item in my wardrobe! I’m not a big neutral fan (apart from black)- I like things bright and beautiful! 

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

It depends on the fit – I gravitate towards brighter colours and feel sexier in those but I struggle to get things to fit me as I have a large bust and so I often have to settle for clothes that don’t fit or colours that don’t suit – it’s rare to find both. 

In what color(s) do you receive compliments? 

Blues, greens and purples.

Aisha in cooler colors:

black

grey

white

red

peach

purple

aqua 1

turquoise

cobalt blue

dark green teal

Aisha in warmer colors:

cream

brown

orange

coral

navy blue

Aisha is a Summer. She looks best in the softer cool colors vs the more bold cool colors, but compared to warm colors it is no contest. The warmer colors wash her out and age her face. She looks ethereal in the soft blues and pinks of Summer, and can carry off some of the deeper colors as well. Keep in mind her natural hair color is a darker blonde than shown here, and some different tones of blonde could really enhance her natural glow. Also, notice how her interview gave away her natural instinct for her best colors!

peach orange

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.

Pantone Fall 2014 Color Report

Every season Pantone releases the colors that will be popular in fashion, interiors, and everything else. Below is the Fall 2014 color report, and which season should look for which colors.

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Winters: Radiant Orchid, Royal Blue, Sangria, Bright Cobalt

Springs: Cognac

Summers: Aluminum, Mauve Mist

Autumns: Aurora Red, Misted Yellow, Cypress

What color are you most looking forward to? How would you wear it?

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.

black

gray 2

gray

white

red black

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purple

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bright blue

blue plaid

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

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taupe

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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.

gray

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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.

 blackfuchsiared

orchidpink

white turquoisesky blue

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.

peachsky blue

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.

Cameron Diaz

I am going to wrap up the Women in Summer series this week with a different Summer blonde every day this week! Today, let’s look at actress Cameron Diaz.

Cameron in Spring: champagne (the leopard-ish pattern), gold, pink satin. Cameron looks washed out and half-melted in all of these colors.

Cameron in Summer: blue, gray, ice blue, white. These cool, crisp colors really bring out Cameron’s glow. She can handle going light to platinum blonde, and her eyes pop so much. She looks fresh in these colors.

Cameron in Autumn: N/A

Cameron in Winter: black, red/black stripes (Cameron’s hair color is too warm for her here as well), red. The colors overshadow Cameron in these photos. They are too strong, too bold for her.

Cameron in Brunette: I included this photo as an example of what NOT to do, ever, with your hair, if you are a Summer. If you are a Summer and get the call to go dark, ignore it. Let it go to voice-mail. The darkest you should go is a fairly light ash brown.

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.