Here are the answers to questions that I am frequently asked, either before, during or after a consultation. If your question isn’t answered here, please call me on 07801 636017 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
- What is colour analysis?
Colour analysis enables you to discover which colours of clothing and make-up suit you best, based on the colour of your hair and eyes and your skin tone. Through a process of testing, I establish what undertone, depth and clarity of colour make the best of your natural colouring. It is generally agreed that wearing the wrong colours will draw attention to flaws, such as wrinkles or uneven skin tone, while harmonious colours will enhance your natural beauty, making you appear healthy and vibrant.
- Do you still use ‘Seasons’ to analyse colours?
Colour Me Beautiful’s system of colour analysis was originally based on the seasonal colour concept developed by Johannes Itten of the Bauhaus school in the 1920’s. In 2003, CMB launched a new system using the work of Alfred Munsell, a German artist working around the turn of the 20th century. Instead of working with the old system with four seasons, we now work with six dominant palettes based on what undertone, depth and clarity of colour work best for you. We believe that this gives a more reliable, versatile and easy to follow way of choosing which colours to wear which works well with a wide spectrum of skin tones.
- Will you tell me not to wear certain colours?
Not at all! Every palette contains reds, pinks, greens, blues, greys, whites and browns so you will be able to wear all of these colours in the right undertone, depth and clarity to harmonise with your natural colouring. The two exceptions are yellow (which makes some skin tones look sallow) and black (I explain why in my answer to the next question).
- Should I wear black?
This is something we will discuss in your colour consultation. Not all colour palettes contain black so it may not emerge as one of your colours. If this is the case, I will advise you on other more flattering dark neutrals that you can wear instead. Some clients find it hard to give up black – the good news is that you don’t have to. I can give you some tips and tricks on how to wear black so that it flatters rather than drains you.
- Can I have my colours done if I have a tan?
Yes, assuming it is a natural tan as this related to your colouring. I find that when you have a tan, it makes certain colours more wearable and we will pick these out when I show you your full colour palette and explain how to wear your colours to best effect. A tan may also affect the colour of foundation you wear, in which case, I would suggest you come back to see me once your tan has faded and we can use a different shade.
- Can I have my colours done if I have coloured or highlighted hair?
Yes, you can and many clients do colour and highlight their hair. I can still carry out an accurate colour analysis and part of the colour consultation will include guidance on the best shades or tones for your hair to flatter your natural colouring.
- Will my colours change as I get older?
Yes, they can change for many people but not for everyone. It is a sad fact that our hair and skin tone lose their pigmentation as we get older. And the idea that someone is one ‘season’ or palette for all their life is no longer true. Some people go grey, silver or white as they age and this can change the colours you can wear, especially if your hair was darker when you were younger. In other cases, it might be a simple ‘tweaking’ of how you wear your existing palette. If you feel that your colours are no longer working for you, book in for a colour review/update.
- If I change my hair colour, will my colours change?
Yes, it is possible that if you change your hair colour, your colour palette might change, especially if it is a more radical shift from your natural colouring. If you feel that your colours are no longer working with your hair colour or you are thinking of changing your hair colour, book in for a colour review/update.
- Can you analyse colours for Asian/African skins?
Yes, I can. The colour analysis system we use is designed to work with all skin colours and tones.
- Am I too old to have my colours done?
Never! I have seen clients who are well into their 70’s. What all clients have in common is that they want to look the best version of themselves and there is definitely no age limit for that! As we age, wearing certain colours can drain and age us so it’s especially important to know what your best colours are. Many women feel invisible as they hit their 50’s and 60’s – a colour analysis ensures you will get complimented on how you look.
- What’s the minimum age to have colours done?
I generally offer a ‘lite’ consultation for clients under 16 and would ask that they come to see me along with a parent or other responsible adult. Often, a mum will bring her young daughter to have their colours done together, which works really well. Just be aware that colouring can change over time and it might be necessary to have a colour review/update when you are older. A colour analysis can also be helpful for students or young people moving into the world of work when they need to get value for money in addition to looking good.
- If I’m overweight, can I still have a colour or style consultation?
Yes, you can. In fact, the purpose of a colour consultation is to find your best colours and these will make you look healthier and often slimmer, too. And it will give you more confidence. During a style consultation, I will advise you on how to dress your body shape so that you make the most of your best bits and help you disguise any aspects you feel more concerned about.
- Will I have to take my clothes off or be measured for a style consultation?
Definitely not! I will visually assess your body shape and scale without a tape measure or set of scales in sight. I will ask you to wear or change into clothes that allow me to see your shape – a t-shirt and trousers or skirt are usually fine for this purpose.
- Can I have a colour or style consultation with a friend or relative?
Yes, you can. Some clients prefer to bring a friend along and it’s great to see them enjoy the colour/style experience together. This also has the benefit of enabling them to support each other with what they buy following the consultation. Frequently, mothers and daughters or sisters come together and it’s a great day out for them.
I can accommodate a small group of 5-6 people in my spacious home studio in Fleet for colour. A style consultation is best done individually or in a small group of 2-3 people.
I am also happy for someone to come along with you to observe a colour consultation.
- Can I wear makeup to have my colours done?
I will ask you to come without make-up or you can remove it when you arrive for the consultation. This is because I need to see your natural skin tone in order to do an accurate colour analysis.
- Will you advise me on what make-up colours I should wear?
Part of a colour consultation includes a complimentary day-time make-up application where I will show you the shades of make-up to wear to harmonise with your colour palette. I only use Colour Me Beautiful make-up – it is paraben and lead-free, not tested on animals and most of the range is vegan, too. You may order this from me or my on-line shop following the consultation.
- Do I have to wear make-up after I’ve had my colours done?
Wearing make-up that suits your colouring will enhance your features, reduce any flaws, such as redness, shadows and fine lines, and help you to be the best version of yourself. I don’t believe in heavy make-up application and your can choose whether you try a light foundation or a tinted moisturiser, a lipstick or a lip gloss, for example. I understand that not everyone wants to wear make-up every day but it’s helpful to know what suits you best for those occasions when you might want to enhance your appearance – the choice is yours! If you lack confidence in applying make-up, then book in for a make-up lesson.