Beauty Matters Blog

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 Fall, but my mind is not on autumn. Before me is a drop dead gorgeous woman who perfectly exemplifies the visual appearance as well as personality traits of 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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The English Summer Gentleman

Here is the classic Jewel Tone palette for a gentleman.

He has Alizarin Crimson based skin tone for which I had to paint custom swatches before understanding his skin tone. Very cool coloring with warm Burnt Umber based hair and eyes. So cool skin, relatively dark, warm eyes and hair.

His vibe is true to the Summer Gentleman: more on the solid side of things, discerning, thorough, meticulous, a refined appearance design both two dimensionally speaking, as well as sculpturally speaking. Also, a slower rhythm of design line in his facial features and bodily movement, which is best reflected in casual elegant clothing for work, with a nod to the creative style (he's a hair stylist) using classic lines. He walks lik...

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One of the great pleasures of my work is getting to meet extraordinarily wonderful people. My client that I'm showcasing here is a Pewter Autumn that holds the intention to empower others. And she does that like all great teachers quite effortlessly. She just shows up and the energy in the room shifts to match her unshakeable groundedness and calm sense that things are just as they should be.

Because of her strong and steady leadership ability, yet soft and nurturing presence, I gave her a soft but rich palette. Although her coloring is somewhat gentle for an autumn, I felt she needed a few options for her Related Reds. I gave one that is rather quiet and another more robust red. She can use them according to her goals and moods. Normall...

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Beauty follows form and in the case of Personal Color Analysis, we work from the premise that everyone is unique and when your outward appearance reflects this "core" essence the more you look like yourself.

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Here is a young, Exotic Winter type who knows who she is. And yet, some of her palette colors expand her beyond who she is right now. When she is older she will appreciate the deeper Related Reds I gave her. Although she is more attracted to the Cadmium Reds. She's a pageant queen and as such is often sporting a spray tan that is darker and warmer than her actual peach skin tones ( Geranium Lake pigment based peach). The lighter and neutral to warm quality of her actual skin is very striking with her bronze - yellow green - brown eyes and warm black hair. She is sleek, controlled and contained. Being in the presence of an Exotic Winter is a very different experience than the Iridescent Summer that preceded her.
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Personal Color Analysis (PCA) was birthed around middle part of the last century, when skill based art training and the visual language we know as fine art was decimated by the modern art movement. PCA came into being and was largely thought of as a magical process by which it's pioneer, Susanne Caygill, made pronouncements about her impressions of people who came before her.

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