Beauty Matters Blog

Wanna hot date? Then I advise wearing your "Related Red". The most powerful and emotional color on your palette.

Here is a great article on the power of red that I thought you would enjoy.

Fashion designer Bill Blass has been known to say, “Whenever in doubt, wear red.” And we’ll admit, there really is nothing like a red dress (or red shoes or a red lipstick) to make one feel just a little bit sexier.

Red has long been associated with love and passion. As Leslie Harrington, executive director of the Color Association of the United States, told HuffPost, almost everyone around the world equates red with love. Part of the reason we make that connection, Harrington explained, may have to do with the fact that red is related to blood, which is related to the heart, which has become a symbol of love.

Here’s What A Man Perceives When A Woman Wears Red

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May the colors be with you on this Valentine's Day,

Pati
Master Color Designer
Seasonal Color Studio
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Following up on my last post where I touched on the idea that we don't know what we look like, I'm including here a poignant video that illustrates my point.

A picture is worth a thousand words so I'll let the video do the talking. It's 6 minutes long and you might be amazed.

There is a paradox here: while it's true we don't know what we look like in one sense, we are drawn to that which is inherent to us MOST of the time unless we've been trained out of our natural impulses. People know their colors when they see them.

I spend many hours making sure my color analysis is accurate, not just beautiful. That's why I take a fluid approach to typing and don't think anything of sitting on a palette for several weeks or months before I release it....

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Malcolm Gladwell's 10,000 Hour Rule, that 10,000 hours of "deliberate practice" are needed to become world-class in any field, drives the passion and excellence in every personal handmade, painted palette that I create.

Knowing yourself visually is the first step to experiencing the "art of looking like yourself" but it's a process for the objective, trained eye because.......you don't know what you look like!

That image in the mirror you see every morning is not what other people see. Crazy, right? But, true. That's one reason why self portraits in painting are so difficult to do. The same holds true for Personal Color Analysis.

Here is a Jewel Tone Summer client I loved working with because there is so much awareness within her about who...

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Whenever I give my speech, "The Art Of Looking Like Yourself ," I'm often asked, "why are there are so many names for each season?" The reason is hard to explain to the uninitiated, because unless you do Personal Color Analysis in the Caygill system, you won't speak the same language; there's no common currency for understanding my answer. But I do the best I can and here is my answer: there are differences in each sub-type to justify all 26 seasons. Without all those unique variations among the different sub-types, I can't identify all the seasonal archetypes that come to my studio.

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Some time ago, this beautiful, young women came to my studio by way of her sister, Paige. You can see the blog post further down by scrolling. Brooke tagged along and enjoyed watching the process and asked if I would give her color analysis also.

The challenge here, was that the Brooke looked so much like her sister Paige, and I could tell they are used to being treated like bookends. I was curious as to how they might be different. Brooke, at first glance, has twin-like similarities to her sister, an Iridescent Summer. But, when I look closely, there are more differences than similarities, even though they are the same subtype: Iridescent Mermaid Summer.

Brooke has cool red hair with no red violet. Just violet, raw umber and a little oc...

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My favorite autumnal painter, David Leffel is a master teacher and painter. His ability to arrange simple objects then paint the light is legend. All of his paintings, like any good painting, is about the same subject: light. I only met him once... yet, I know him. I studied with one of his students, Greg Drinkwine, and spent hours at galleries in Santa Fe looking at art books to study his works. A well trained painter puts it all there, right on the canvas for you to see the world through their eyes. I tell you, he is a remarkable person.

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It's the first day of December, but my mind is not on autumn. Before me is a woman who perfectly exemplifies the sub-type, Jewel Tone Summer.

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Here is a beauty type that exemplifies the most commonly admired aesthetic in the U.S. and particularly in the city where she resides, Los Angeles. Natural blonde hair, blue/green eyes, golden tan skin typifies the "California girl" all the way.

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She leads a sporty life, walking her dogs along the beach before work in a doctor's office. Luckily, some of her "scrubs" are actually in her palette: warm greens and a blue violet that is close to periwinkle.

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After weeks of Summer and Autumn clients, I was fascinated by this Winter woman's appearance and presence. As a set designer, and visual person, she knows herself visually already. She has the energy and the visual hallmarks of a true Winter. The feeling I getfrom her: an air of serenity, sureness, and containment. I use the analogy of the energy in an "oxygen tank" when trying to describe the sometimes ineffable quality of the Winter seasonal type.

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I often have to look to other typing systems that cross pollinate with Seasonal Theory to help explain a person's countenance. As a clairvoyant I can't find a better "picture" than the astrological example of Aquarian energy being likened to an "oxygen tank". I see it in Aquarians most of the time, but not always. The Winter type in seasonal theory has a similar quality to their movement, energy and appearance design of the face. Just like the air that is compressed into a metal container, sitting there still and immovable, the Winter type has a static quality. It's as if they give the whole world a place to rest their eyes from all the noise around them.
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