COLOR ANALYSIS TIPS
When testing colors it is important to get a good look at your natural coloring without having any colors thrown up or reflecting onto your face.
Make sure you have good even lighting; you don’t want any shadowing on your face. Good daylight is best.
Don’t wear ANY makeup. No little bit of foundation, powder, eyeliner, mascara, or lipstick. You want to see what the colors do to your naked skin and makeup will throw everything off. Testing makeup comes later.
If you color your hair cover it up with a white or light neutral colored towel or scarf. Hair color can wildly throw results off! I think there have been more mistakes made from colored hair then anything else. Hair frames the face and the color of it also has an effect on your facial skin tones. It's best if you slick your hair back in any case so you can more easily assess your facial complexion.
Stand in front of a white or light neutral background and wear a white or light neutral top with a loose neckline, such as a scoop or V-necked top. White, off white, soft white- any of those will do as light neutrals will probably have the least affect on your skin tone.
It’s been said that reds and greens are very telling colors to test and if you have an assortment of warm, neutral, and cool tones of these colors to test it’d be great. You can use anything you can put around your neck- scarves, towels, linens, whatever. Or maybe you could raid your sister’s, hubby’s or friend’s closet. If you’re comfortable with it, if they’ll give you an honest unbiased opinion, invite them to watch & tell you what they see. Being objective and divorcing ourselves from the outcome can be one of the most difficult things.
When draping observe your face so you can see the effects the colors have on your complexion.
-Don’t hold the drapes wrapped tightly around your chin, you want to see a little bit of your neck so you can clearly observe your jawline.
-When looking at your face watch to see how your facial complexion reacts to the different colors. Especially watch to see if your skin appears discolored around your mouth & chin.
-Does your complexion take on unnatural skin tones (such as appearing to have an all over dusky purple or muddy sallow cast)?
-Do the colors reflect strongly upon your face?
-Do your eyes focus on your face first or the drape color?
-Does your jawline appear more defined or more indistinct?
-Do you notice a double chin more or less?
-Does your skin appear clear or blotchy? Rich or muddy? Faded and gray vs perhaps just lighter but still nicely defined?
-Do you look healthy or ill?
-If you have any blemishes do they appear more or less apparent?
-If you have very rosy cheeks or rosacea you probably don’t want your entire face to become that color, instead watch to see what makes your complexion look healthy and the least blotchy.
GUIDELINES FOR PHOTOS SUBMITTED FOR COLOR ANALYSIS PURPOSES
Note: Pictures viewed over the internet can be unreliable for color accuracy- camera settings, monitor settings, light sources and the colors surrounding you all effect what we see on our screens. Even so, pictures still can help quite a bit. Because of this I ask you to take into consideration the things you do have control over, such as the color of your clothes & background colors. Those things will have an effect on your own coloration (skin tone, hair & eye color).
1: Again, no makeup. Don't be embarrassed, most all of us have posted them at one time or another. You can embed a picture in the text of your thread, you don't have to use it as an avatar.
3: If you color your hair it would be helpful to include a picture with it covered. A picture from the past where your hair is it's natural color would be nice too. Mistakes can be so easily be made when hair is colored. It's best to slick it back anyway so we can concentrate on your face first and foremost.
4: If you can, take the picture in front of a white or light neutral background. You could use a white or light neutral colored sheet hung over a door, or something to that effect, as a backdrop. The reason for this is so we can see your skin, eye & hair colors without them being influenced by other colors, or having other colors reflecting onto you. The colors surrounding you really do effect your own coloring. A white or a light neutral background also makes for a brighter picture. Use the camera flash if you need to, good, even lighting is essential.
5: If you take your picture outside, good natural daylight is needed, midday is best. Not bright full sun or shade because you'll appear either washed out or too dark to make out the colors with any hope of accuracy. Bright full sun can blow out the color & shade can produce pictures that are too blued and/or grayed.
6: Something to remember, whether you're inside or out, be sure you're not back-lit with the sun behind you, or standing in front of a very sunny/bright window as you'll either appear grayed or as a silhouette. Good even lighting really is essential!
This is a light temperature chart, it can be very helpful.