Not sure who the original poster was on this, so I cannot credit anyone - this was found on my computer in my archives from a previous forum. ~Eliza
GUIDELINES FOR PERSONAL COLOR ANALYSIS ONLINE:
Note: Pictures viewed over the internet are very unreliable for color accuracy- camera settings, monitor settings, light sources and the colors surrounding you all effect what we see on our screens.
Here is a blog post called “Same place, different lighting” http://photo.net/no-words-forum/00XGcL
We can offer opinions and give tips and hints, but color analysis via photos is not always exact.
That said here are some rules that will help you get more helpful comments.
1: No makeup. Not even a little bit. If there's one good way to be sure of getting a bad analysis it's to wear makeup.
2: If you color your hair it would be helpful to slick it back or cover it. It's a good idea to have your hair off your face even if you don't color it as it can throw shadows and we want to be able to observe as much of your face and neck as we can.
3: If you can, take a picture in front of a non-reflective neutral white, soft white or light neutral background and wear a non-reflective white or light neutral top. You could even use a sheet or blanket hung over a door, or something to that effect, as a backdrop. The reason for this is to provide a ‘baseline’ photo where we can see your coloring as it is without any other colors effecting your own coloring or reflecting on to you.
4: If you take your picture outside, good daylight is needed. Not bright direct sunlight or shade because you'll appear either washed out or too dark to make out the colors with any hope of accuracy. Bright sun can blow out the color and shade can produce pictures that are too blued and/or grayed.
5: 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, dark, or as a silhouette. The light source should never be behind you. Good even lighting really is essential! That is the secret to a good photo and even more necessary for the purpose of PCA.
6. After you get a good 'baseline' headshot then go on to testing different colors. When we can compare the baseline photo to your color testing photos the color effects are just that much more obvious.